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The proposed Advisory Board: Individual Profiles

CountyGroundFollowing the proposed upgrade to the corporate governance of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, profiles of each member of the proposed six man Advisory Board are outlined here: David Griffin, Chris Grant, David Booth, Kevin Dean, Rob Tice and Sir John Gains.

Each elected Supervisory Director will be responsible for bringing independent judgment to bear on issues of strategy and business / cricket performance, thereby helping to ensure that the Supervisory Board maintains responsibility for the effective stewardship of the Club in line with Members’ interests.

The Club’s Chief Executive - Simon Storey, Finance Manager – Peter Rose and Head Coach – Karl Krikken would also sit (but not vote) on the new Supervisory Board. They would continue to be responsible for the day to day running of the Club on and off the field.



Chris Grant
      Proposed Role: Finance Director & Chairman

A highly successful 20 year career in the City has provided Chris with a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience for the position of Finance Director. Furthermore, since becoming Chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club in March 2011, he has drafted and overseen the implementation of the Club’s widely acclaimed Nine Point Cricket Strategy, as well as presiding over on-field LV= County Championship promotion as champions, masterminding two successive profitable years and releasing the Club’s future strategy for long-term business sustainability and financial security.

  • Former Head of European Research and Executive Director at ABN AMRO Bank where he was responsible for a department of over 100 people and a business with annual revenues of over £350m. Over the three and a half years as Head of European Research for ABN AMRO, Chris turned a previously ailing and dispirited department into a profitable, highly ranked and well regarded unit. Features of this success included winning the 2005 Sunday Times Starmine award for best earnings and recommendation accuracy and the 2006/7 AQ awards
  • In a broader capacity within ABN AMRO’s Equities division, Chris held the position of Chairman of the European Management Committee. He gained valuable exposure to general management issues such as health and safety, human resources and technology. As a representative of a regulated business, Chris also had regular dealings with the FSA and the Bank’s legal and compliance departments
  • Since ‘retirement’ from the City and subsequent return to Derbyshire, Chris has committed the majority of his time to cricket
  • He initially assisted local village Club Swarkestone CC with fund raising for the construction of a new pavilion and also assisted them in becoming a registered Charity.
  • Co-opted to the General Committee (Board) of Derbyshire County Cricket Club in August 2010 and elected Chairman (the youngest in the country) the following March
  • In his current voluntary role, Chris Chairs monthly Board Meetings of the Club’s General Committee (14 elected Members) and also represents Derbyshire’s interests with the sport’s national governing body the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) based at Lords. As Chairman, Chris is ultimately responsible for overseeing every aspect of running the organisation



David Booth
Proposed Role: Business Development

David’s company Office Care Ltd is one of the leading cleaning service suppliers in the UK. Having built his leading business from scratch, David has overseen the cross-selling of cricket to his impressive database of corporate contacts. He is the current Derbyshire County Cricket Club Vice Chairman.

  • Started his business, Office Care Ltd, 25 years ago before presiding over its growth to currently employing approx 300 employees, mostly in Derbyshire
  • Office Care's corporate sponsorships of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby County Football Club and Belper Town Football Club provide David with valuable knowledge of what drives businesses to become involved in professional sport
  • First became a Member of Derbyshire at the age of 11 and was elected Vice-Chairman in March 2012



Rob Tice
Proposed Role: Legal Services Director

Recognised by the Legal 500 for his work with clients, Rob is a high-flying Partner and Head of Employment at local law firm Flint Bishop. His specialism is Employment Law and he is an invaluable source of advice to DCCC on contracts and other legal matters.

  • After training and working in the City of London, Rob joined Flint Bishop in 1998. He subsequently became a partner and now heads up the employment team
  • Specialised in employment law since he qualified and a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Advises on all aspects of employment law including redundancy, disciplinary and grievance, TUPE, sex, race, disability and age discrimination, severance agreements and restrictive covenants. He also defends employers in Employment Tribunals
  • He advises a wide range of clients on their employment matters including government bodies, plc's and small and medium sized companies. He also provides training to his clients on employment law
  • Described in ‘The Legal 500 2009’ as "knowledgeable, decisive, realistic, approachable and efficient"
  • Advises the likes of HM Land Registry, Royal Crown Derby and Derby County Football Club on employment matters
  • Joined the Derbyshire County Cricket Club General Committee in 2005
  • Works closely with the Chairman, Chief Executive and General Committee to provide legal support to the Club when required



David Griffin
Proposed Role: Administration Director

41 years as a Member of the Club, including 14 years on the General Committee and eight years as Honorary Secretary, have provided David with huge knowledge of the workings of the Club, its history and tradition and its Membership. His local government experience garnered through employment with Nottingham City Council will also prove valuable to the Advisory Board.

  • Became a Derbyshire member in 1973 and served on the Supporters’ Club Committee during the mid-1980s
  • Elected onto the General Committee in 1999 and became Honorary Secretary in March 2005
  • Originating from Ilkeston and educated at Nottingham High School, David joined the Army upon leaving secondary education and served with the Royal Military Police before later joining the Nottinghamshire Constabulary. Retired from the Police following a serious spinal injury and now works part time as a Local Government Officer managing the customer complaints process for Nottingham City Council
  • Played cricket at a modest level including for the Royal Military Police and Nottinghamshire Police
  • Has watched Derbyshire avidly both home and away for most of his 41 years as a member, scarcely missing a day’s cricket per season for several decades, and none at all for several years
  • Minuted all committee meetings and AGMs for the last eight years; also supporting many aspects of the Club’s administrative functions using a broad range of skills
  • Derbyshire’s official photographer since 2004, providing comprehensive photographic coverage of every day during the season. Manages the Club’s photographic archive and provides regular features for the website and Club magazine



Kevin Dean
Proposed Role: Cricket Advisory Director

With first-hand and extensive experience of the recreational, developmental and professional games in Derbyshire, Kevin will provide valuable insight into all levels of the pyramid structure. Having ended his professional career as recently as 2008 – and still performing at the highest level of the recreational game – he is fully attuned to the needs of modern day cricket.

  • Represented Derbyshire CCC Colts (1992-1994)
  • Enjoyed an excellent professional career with Derbyshire from 1996 to 2008 making 119 First Class, 145 List A and 23 Twenty20 appearances for his only county. With 401 First Class wickets, including two hat-tricks, and 582 dismissals in all forms of the game, Kevin is the most successful Derbyshire bowler of his generation
  • Held the position of Derbyshire CCC Professional Cricketers’ Association Representative from 1998 to 2008
  • Full Playing Member of the MCC since 2002 and experience representing six teams in the Derbyshire Premier League; currently playing for Ockbrook & Borrowash
  • Kevin has also operated a Property Development Company since 2005



Sir John Gains
Proposed Role: Facilities Director

A wealth of experience at the very top of the construction industry ensures that Sir John is ideally qualified to assist Derbyshire CCC with its proposed ground development. He is also in an excellent position to help the Club continue to develop its facilities and income generation off the field.

  • Engineer having graduated from Loughborough with a BSc in Civil Engineering in 1966
  • Experience in the estimating department and managing his own site for a roll-on-roll-off ferry terminal at Weymouth, one which he had priced in the estimating department
  • This was followed by a position as Site Agent at Scunthorpe Steelworks, Drax 2 as well as carrying out estimating work in the evening
  • In 1984 co-authored a paper published by the Institution of Civil Engineers “Pre-stressed pre-cast piling at Drax Power Station and the use of pulverised fuel ash replacement in concrete”
  • Regional Manager for the East Midlands and Director of Geotechnical Engineering responsible for piling.  Appointed Director for John Mowlem & Co PLC, and became Group Chief Executive in 1995
  • Considered to be a modern manager committed to his team and one who has made a major contribution to the competitiveness of today’s construction industry
  • President of the Construction Confederation from 2000-2003 and sat on the CBI’s National Council. Has been a member of the ‘CBI’s President’s Committee’; ‘The Urban Sounding Board’, ‘The Strategic Construction Forum’ and the ‘Major Contractors’ Group’
  • The Queen knighted him in 2003

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