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Simon Philip to retire from Club Chair position

Sunday 23rd June 2024

Kent Cricket

With the appointment of a new Chair of Kent Cricket imminent, the Club can announce that Simon Philip will retire from the role as soon as the decision is finalised.

Simon’s final responsibility will be to oversee the formal appointment of the new Chair. This process requires Board approval of a candidate identified and proposed by the Nominations Committee, chaired by Brian Havill, the Club’s Senior Independent Director.

Simon Philip said: “We have known since September 2023 that my retirement was approaching under the ECB’s Governance Code. In February, I notified the Club that the AGM was the appropriate time to stand down after 17 years of service, 15 of which have been as Treasurer or Chair. I was asked to stay on in the interim as it was unlikely a new Chair would be in place by that time. We are now on the cusp of a recommendation coming to the Board and so it is time to move on.

“It has been a huge honour to serve one of the greatest of county cricket clubs and one that I have supported all my life. I hope that the winning of trophies and the continuation of Kent supplying England cricketers, male and female, has maintained our reputation as top class. More importantly, I have been so proud of the spirit in which Kent teams have played the game, and how welcoming the Club is to all who engage with it.

“I have had incredible experiences and made friendships that will last a lifetime. That is what is so special about cricket. I have made clear that I will be available to provide any advice that those who run the Club need going forward, but now is the time to step back to being a Member, cheering on the Club from a slightly further distance. I thank everybody who has made me so welcome, offered the hand of friendship and supported me during those 17 years. It has been hard work, but be assured, I’ve had a blast!”

Simon addressed the players and coaches before Friday night’s Vitality Blast match with Essex and joined them for an on-field photograph before play [pictured].

Jamie Clifford, Board Director and former CEO, said: “Simon will be much missed by all involved with Kent Cricket. His contribution over so many years to the life of the Club has been immense.

“It was my good fortune that in our darkest hour financially Simon was the Club Treasurer – survival was hard work but he ensured it was navigated successfully and his skill in achieving this was critical. This then provided a platform from which, as Chair, the pursuit of on-field success was possible.

“Since joining the Board I have seen the continued commitment of a man who is Kent Cricket to the core. It is only this passion that can have sustained a remarkable 17 years of service. We all hope that Simon is able now to enjoy many years of supporting the Club with pride, but without the responsibilities he has undertaken with such dedication.”

Simon Storey, CEO, said: “The round of spontaneous applause at the recent Members Forum shows the esteem that Simon is held in by Members of the Club; we all appreciate the huge amount of time, effort and energy that Simon has invested as Club Treasurer and latterly Chair. He can be extremely proud of the progress we have achieved both on and off the field under his leadership.

“To say he has lived and breathed Kent Cricket is an understatement. Simon has immense passion for the Club and understands the special place that cricket has in communities across Kent as well as appreciating that on-field success at the top level provides inspiration and momentum up and down the cricketing pyramid. Under his tenure, Men’s and Women’s on-field success has delivered trophies and we have continued to produce England players.

“I am grateful for strategic insight and guidance that Simon has provided the executive team, and for his approach and commitment to the role which has provided considerable additional horsepower for the Club.

“He has also been pivotal in ensuring our views are represented at ECB level – laying down strong foundations for us as we move forward on the plans for Beckenham, our Women’s Tier 2 team and the proposed expansion of The Hundred.

“I am sure everyone will join me in thanking Simon for his contribution to Kent Cricket and wishing him well as he steps down after 17 years of Club service.”