Friday 11 April 2008 

Simmons Stands Down As Lancashire Chairman

After almost 11 years in the position, Jack Simmons stood down as Club Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club with Michael Cairns OBE elected as his successor.

Simmons announced he would not stand for re-election during his Chairman’s Speech. On digesting this news, a packed Tyldesley Suite at Old Trafford stood as one to applaud this loyal servant who has been involved with Lancashire for almost 50 years.

Following the meeting, Jack Simmons said; “It is something I’ve been thinking about for a couple of years and my decision not to stand for re-election was made in the best interests of Lancashire.

“Michael (Cairns) is the top man, and has a huge amount of experience in business and development. Lancashire is embarking on a very integrate redevelopment and I think it’s better for someone like him to be leading the club forward.”

“What I didn’t want people to think is that I’ve finished here because I have a new position at the ECB – that has nothing to do it." concluded an emotional Simmons.

But Jack will not be walking away from this beloved Lancashire. He will continue to sit on the club’s Cricket Committee along side Clive Lloyd, Geoff Ogden and Colin Walker who were all re-elected unopposed.

It was also announced at the meeting that Michael Cairns OBE and Geoffrey Shindler OBE were elected to the Business Committee; whilst Bob Bennett, John Brewer, Sue Grainger and Keith Hayhurst were confirmed as the successful candidates to sit on the Membership Committee.

Immediately following the AGM, the General Committee met to elect a new Chairman and Vice Chairman. The decision to appoint Cairns was unanimous, with the current Vice Chairman Keith Hayhurst retaining his position.

© Lancashire CCC