Monday 4 August 2008 

Sussex CCC Chairman David Green Stands Down

SCCC today announce that David Green will be standing down as Chairman after an extremely successful six years in the position.

Commenting on his decision David said: "It has been an honour and mostly a pleasure to chair SCCC through the most successful years in its long history. In recent months I have had to take a health induced sabbatical due to having three major operations in a ten week period. I am now recovering, but will not be fully fit to resume my duties for some months to come."

David went on to say: "I have therefore decided it is in the club’s best interest that I stand down as Chairman from 2nd August. I will stay on as a main board director both of Sussex and the ECB for as long as I am required."

SCCC is therefore pleased to announce the appointment of Jim May, who was previously Treasurer at the Club, as the club’s new Chairman.

David Green wished the new chairman every success in his new role saying: "I wish my successor Jim May well in taking the club forward into the exciting future competitions currently being planned."

Jim May paid tribute to his predecessor commenting: "Under David’s leadership, Sussex achieved unprecedented success – winning three County Championships in five years. This will stand in the history books. In addition, David worked tirelessly behind the scenes. In particular his drive to create the youth ground at Blackstone near Henfield, the new Indoor School at Hove and ensuring we maximised the Spen Cama inheritance are evidence of his contribution to Sussex Cricket."

The new Chairman said: "I am honoured to be elected by the Board. There is no doubt that County Cricket faces an exciting, but challenging future. Uncertainty at international level coupled with domestic restructuring in 2010 means that at Sussex we will have to be smart to remain a top county. Off the field, the challenge of redeveloping the County Ground at Hove and improving the trading performance are two topics high on the agenda."

Jim May has significant connections in Sussex. He is Deputy Chairman of Shoreham Port Authority and a Non Executive Director of Brighton & Hove PCT. Jim was a banker for 35 years, latterly Managing Director, South, Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was responsible for the RBS and NatWest commercial business.

Gus Mackay, Chief Executive of SCCC, said: "It is with regret to learn that David will be stepping down. He has been a great asset to the club and comes off the back of a successful six years as Chairman. I would personally like to thank David for all the hard work he has put into the club during his time as Chairman and I am delighted that he is to remain on the board."

Commenting on the appointment of Jim May, Gus went on to say: "This appointment comes at an exciting time for the club. Jim brings with him a wealth of experience and business knowledge, which can only be a benefit to the club. I am looking forward to working closely with Jim on some of the exciting projects ahead of us at SCCC."

The appointment will take place with immediate effect.

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