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General Committee

 

Current Members of the Kent County Cricket Club General Committee:

 

George M Kennedy CBE (Chairman)

George Kennedy CBE, is a life member of Kent County Cricket Club, having joined in the 1970s, when his business career was with Smiths Industries, a FTSE 100 company. George served as a Main Board Director and Chair of the company’s Medical Division, and during this time he also chaired various Government committees on overseas trade, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.

In 2007, he was invited to become President of Kent County Cricket Club, and the following year he was elected Chairman. Over the last six years, George has been heavily involved in the Club’s redevelopment plan, and he believes that the next few years are critical in bringing the development to fruition. Much has been achieved, and George is keen to see the work is brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

George is totally committed to Kent County Cricket Club, and believes that the Club can look forward to future success, both financially and on the field. 

Mark Baker White

Mark Baker White has been a member of the Kent Committee since 2005. He was a Management Board member from 2006 to 2010 and member of the Ground Redevelopment Working Party from 2006 to 2010.  He has been a Kent Cricket member since 1989. Direct Forbear founded modern Club in 1870. 

Mark Baker White is a partner in family farming and commercial business at Street End which recently celebrated 151 years of business.  He previously worked as a Sportswear buyer for a large chain of Sports Shops and ran the Ancillary Services in the Palace of Westminster before working in Oman, setting up an Ancillary Services Omani/British Company of Brengreen Holdings

Mark Baker White is a playing Member of MCC, Band of Brothers, Free Foresters and Cross Arrows Cricket Clubs. He is also a member of the Benevolent Board of Band of Brothers and has carried out two representative tours with MCC.  Mark Baker White played first team League Cricket for Sutton in the Premier Surrey League and also for Gore Court in the Kent League.  He is the Chairman of Haileybury Hermits Cricket Club and on the Committee of Shepway Stragglers Cricket Club. Mark Baker White has been a member of the Kent Country Landowners Association Committee since 2001 and is Vice Chairman of the Kent Committee.  He has also been a member of the National Central Policy Committee for Agriculture and Land Use for CLA since 2009. 

Interests include; most sports, particularly skiing, history and current affairs, agriculture and the countryside.

John L Clark

Born in Gillingham, raised on Romney Marsh and educated at Ashford Grammar School. John Clark is a retired Police Inspector. Having served in the Metropolitan Police for over 30 years, he was involved in the planning and policing of national and public events including sport, e.g. Test matches at Lord’s. A player of recreational cricket, he has been a member of Kent County Cricket Club since 1967, and a Life Member since 1992.

John Clark continues to follow Kent Cricket home and away throughout the summer and to take an interest in security and safety at sports grounds. Elected in 2007, 2008 and 2009 to the General Committee and a member of the remuneration sub-committee.

Richard E C Collins (Vice Chairman)

Richard Collins is a retired Consultant Surgeon and former Senior Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons. Honorary Medical Officer to Kent County Cricket Club from 1982 to 2011. Life Member of Kent County Cricket Club. Member of the Committee since 1999, Club President in 2005. Member of Ground Development sub-Committee. Chaired Kent Cricket Appeal 2000, raising over £100,000. Played Club Cricket for Buckhurst Hill Cricket Club in Essex before moving to live and work in Kent in 1976. Member of MCC since 1964, represented them against Canada at Lord's in 1969.

Graham Johnson (Chairman of Cricket, and Club President for 2014)

Graham Johnson was born in Beckenham, Kent, and made his first class debut for the county in 1965. He was a key player thoughout Kent's 'glory years' of the 1970's. He played 376 first class matches for Kent, scoring 12.509 runs (11 hundreds and 13 fifties), and took 560 wickets (including five wickets in an innings on 23 occasions). He also played 302 one day matches, amassing 5,666 runs and taking 104 wickets. He was capped in 1970. 

A graduate of the London School of Economics, he enjoyed a corporate career with Barclays Bank, Save and Prosper, Flemings, Egg Plc. and Prudential Plc.  He is currently a Director of TAL Talent Ltd - a specialist search, recruitment, assessment and people development company.  He has been a supporter of The Lord's Taverners for many years both as a member of the Cricket Committee and player until his body told him enough was enough.  He has also been a leading light in Kent's own Hoppers' Tie Club, and become Kent Cricket's Chairman of Cricket in 2004. In February 2014, Graham was named Kent County Cricket Club President for 2014.

Ben Moorhead

Ben Moorhead has been on the Committee since 2010.  He is a Corporate Solicitor in the City of London specialising in M&A, funding as well as commercial and sports law, having acted for some of the largest sports governing bodies in the UK.

He has played cricket at school, village and club level.  He is a Trustee of Regain – the Trust for Sports Tetraplegics, the Mountbatten Memorial Trust,  where he is responsible for funding youth work, and he is on the Kent Committee of The Prince’s Trust (formerly Fairbridge Kent) as well as a Trustee of other trusts.  He is a Governor of Wellesley House School and  is an Associate Member of the MCC.

Ben Moorhead is the Committee’s landscape and trees adviser in relation to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence re-development.  Interests include the environment, nature conservation, trees entomology, fishing and poetry.

 Peter Morgan

A keen Kent supporter since childhood, and a Life Member for over 30 years, Peter Morgan has been the Club’s legal adviser for more than 25 years. Peter Morgan's committee experience includes Guide Dogs for the Blind (one-time Chairman, Canterbury Branch), Kent Law Society (President 1996), Hospital and University Committees.

Peter Morgan is also the Current Chairman of the East Kent Branch of the Oxford University Society.  Now semi-retired from practice, he is Chairman of Girlings Solicitors and also sits part-time as a Judge (Recorder) in the Crown Court. President of the Club for 2008. Elected in 2009 as a Member of the General Committee.

Simon Philip (Honorary Treasurer)

Simon Philip is a Life Member of the Club.  He played for St Lawrence & Highland Court Cricket Club for 15 years and was also the Club’s Treasurer.  He is a Member of several leading wandering cricket clubs, including MCC.  Simon was formerly a partner in two major international accounting firms, latterly Deloitte.  He was Chief Executive of a Deloitte subsidiary company and author of several books on personal finance.  He is currently a Trustee of The Allergy Research Foundation and The Kent Trust for Youth Sport.  He became Honorary Treasurer on 1st September 2009.

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan Rice has been a Member of Kent County Cricket Club for about 25 years, member of General Committee since 2004. On Audit and Remuneration Committees. Consultant and trainer/coach specialising in cross-cultural communication and strategic change. 2006/08 National Chairman of The Lord’s Taverners cricket charity. Trustee of Brian Johnston Memorial Trust. Member of M.C.C., served on their Arts and Library Committee 2003 - 2011; Trustee and playing member of Saltwood Cricket Club (KVL Div 3; HS 65 v Great Chart, BB 7 for 10 v Newington, both many years ago); author of over 50 books, on cricket, golf, popular music, television sitcoms and business in Japan, among other things. Jonathan is also Chairman of Kent County Cricket Club's Heritage Group.

Jonathan Rice lives in Saltwood, near Hythe.

John Shepherd

Born in St Andrew, Barbados and spotted by Les Ames and Colin Cowdrey while playing for a Barbados 'B' Team against The Rothmans Cavaliers in 1956, and invited to join Kent. Qualified for Kent in 1965 and 1966 while playing for St Lawrence & Higland Court CC. Played for Kent from 1967 - 1981 before moving to Gloucestershire CCC for the 1982 - 1984 seasons.

Appointed Coach at Gloucestershire 1985 - 1989. Represented Barbados in The Shell Shield Cricket compeition and played 5 test Matches for the West Indies; represented Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe in the Currie Cup in 1975; also played Grade cricket in Melbourne, Australia, for Footscray Edgewater CC, winning the coveted Ryder Medal in 76/77 season. Appointed Cricket Professional at Eastbourne College in Sussex 1991-1998, before taking up a post in Antigua as the ICC Development Manager for the Americas; also worked for a Travel company escorting clients on England cricket tours. Appointed President of Kent County Cricket Club in 2011, the highlight of his career.

Derek Taylor (Finance Group)

Lifelong supporter and member of Kent County Cricket Club. Qualified accountant who retired as a Director of Halifax Building Society in 1996.

Served as a Director of a professional football club for 19 years, including three years in the Premier League.  Member of the Lord’s Taverners, the recognised official charity for recreational cricket for over 20 years, and Chair of the Yorkshire Region for eight years.

Vice Chair of Sports Coach UK, a charity charged with helping those in sport recruit, develop and retain the coaches they need to achieve their sports participation and performance goals.  Chair of the trading subsidiary, Coachwise, since 1996 during which time profits have grown from £75k to over £750k.

Derek Barnard (co-opted member)

Derek Barnard born in Gillingham in 1944 and educated at Gillingham Technical High School, St Luke's College Exeter and University of London. Holds degrees in Education and Geography. Retired from 41 years of teaching in 2006 having been Headmaster of Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys from 1988 to 2006.

Played his first game of men's cricket at the age of ten( no helmets then) and has continued to play since. As he lives in Sussex he has to play Over 60's and Over 70's cricket for Sussex. Has been Chairman of the East Sussex Cricket League since 1996 and was Chairman of The Cricket Society from 2008 to 2012. Ha s been Vice-Chairman of Kent County Cricket Supporters Club since 2008.Saw his first Kent game at Canterbury in 1955 when the County entertained South Africa. Has written two books on cricket and is an avid collector of cricket books , especially Wisden. Has supported Gillingham Football Club through the highs and lows since 1952.

Married to Sheila and they have three grown up children and six grandchildren. Never a dull moment in his life.