Donald Brydon CBE has been elected Chairman of the Cricket Foundation’s Board of Trustees with immediate effect. It follows the decision by current Chair Adrian Beecroft to step down after six years.
The charity also appointed several new Trustees including England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards CBE.
Donald Brydon brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation. He had a 20-year career with Barclays Group, followed by 15 years with the AXA Group, including holding the posts of Chairman and Chief Executive of AXA Investment Managers. He has since chaired several FTSE 100 companies, with experience of a wide range of domestic and international industries. He is currently Chairman of Royal Mail plc and The Sage Group plc.
Donald was also the first Chair and driving force for the formation of international development charity, EveryChild.
Commenting on his appointment, Donald Brydon said, “Cricket brings so much to children in providing them with a wide variety of life skills. I am delighted to be able to help with Chance to Shine’s goal to give another million children the opportunity to benefit over the next five years from all cricket has to offer.”
Adrian Beecroft added, “It has been a great privilege to be involved with Chance to Shine. During my Chairmanship over two million children have been coached, and the Chance to Compete national state schools cricket competition has grown to the point where roughly one third of all state secondary schools enter sides.
"I have every confidence that with Donald as Chair the charity will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Since 2008, Charlotte Edwards has played a key role in inspiring more than one million girls to play the game as one of Chance to Shine’s England Women coaching ambassadors.
Describing her additional role at the charity, Charlotte said, “Working for Chance to Shine and helping to inspire the next generation of cricketers is incredibly rewarding. I feel lucky to be involved in such a success story and I’m delighted to be joining the charity’s Board of Trustees.”
Garri Jones and Caspar Rock will also join Charlotte as new Trustees. Garri spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, and is now one of the founding partners of Circle, a leading UK hospital operator, and Founder and Director of Educate, a UK and international school advisory service. Garri is on the board of Southwark Free Primary School, and chairs the Youth Cricket sub-committee of Marylebone Cricket Club.
Caspar is Chief Investment Officer for investment house, Architas Multi Manager, part of the global AXA group. Caspar is responsible for directing all aspects of the company's investment activity, including responsibility for the structure and control of the investment function. Caspar also sits on the Advisory Panel for further education charity IntoUniversity. Garri and Caspar join the current Cricket Foundation Trustees: Judy Coles, Simon Dyson, Tim O’Gorman, Russell Perry, Oliver Stocken and Dave Taylor.