Our President and Vice-President
We are very proud to have The Duke of Norfolk as our President and John Barclay as our Vice President, both have made huge contributions to our work, supporting our causes and advocating on our behalf.
Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, is a British peer who holds the office of Earl Marshal. The seat of the Duke of Norfolk is Arundel Castle in Sussex. We are honoured to be located within the stunning grounds of the Duke of Norfolk Estate and to have the Duke of Norfolk as our President.
In September 2020, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation announced the appointment of our four inaugural Patrons. This wonderful quartet are well known in the world of cricket, and in Sussex cricketing circles, and have already given great service to the Foundation. We are proud and delighted that they have agreed to serve as Patrons for a period of five years and will lend their support to the Foundation.
Clare made her England debut at the age of 19 and went on to captain England from 2000 until 2006, during which time she led England women to their first Ashes triumph in 42 years. Clare is the ECB’s Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Chair of the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee, has served as a director on the board of Sussex Cricket and Sport England and is the first woman to be appointed as the President of MCC.
Antonia worked in retailing and advertising before supporting her husband, Simon, to run a prep school in Buckinghamshire. She has helped and supported Riding for the Disabled, a specialist school for children with special educational needs, contact groups for the elderly and has been a school governor. Antonia now lives in West Sussex and works with a group encouraging wellbeing through the creative arts.
“I have played a variety of sports and enjoy sharing with our visitors, young and old, the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation experience with its exciting opportunities for fun, happiness and new friendships.”
Sir Tim Rice is an English lyricist and author. He is best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he wrote, among other musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Tim founded his own cricket team, Heartaches CC, in 1973, served as president of MCC in 2002 and has been a long standing supporter and trustee of ACCF.
“I have loved cricket since 1953 and followed it around the world since the 1970s. I formed my own cricket team, Heartaches CC, in 1973, playing my 555th match for the side in 2020. I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation for the past two decades, as a Trustee and now a Patron.”
Oliver has more than 50 years experience in the finance industry. He started his career with Arthur Andersen and later joined N M Rothschild, where he became a director in corporate finance, later holding senior positions at Barclays, including Group Finance Director. He is also chair of Stanhope Holdings. Oliver has previously been chair of Home Retail Group and deputy chair of 3i and has served on the boards of GUS, Pilkington, Rank and Standard Chartered Bank. He also previously served as chair of Care International (UK), chair of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), chair of the Natural History Museum and as a trustee of the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Peter became Chairman of ACCF in 2018. In addition to his career in business, Peter has been on a school governing body, a trustee of Trinity Hospice and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Send.
“I have always enjoyed sport (cricket in particular) and the outdoors. Chairing the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation is a great honour. The trustees are committed to ensuring that a visit to Arundel will always be a joyful and life enhancing experience for the thousands of young people living difficult lives who visit us.”
Arfan is a consultant in cricket for a number of organisations including the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2019, England Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Essex Cricket Club (ECCC). Arfan worked with the Pakistan Cricket Team in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and his current role is supporting the diverse communities of East London in varying cricket programmes for Essex County Cricket Club to ensure the game is accessible for anyone and everyone, regardless of their background or personal situation.
“My relationship with Arundel is a personal one and started at the age of 12, I was selected by my beloved Waltham Forest to play with my friends at the gorgeous Arundel Castle Cricket Ground and have visited every year since. I am completely bought in and at times blown away on the impact an Arundel visit has for those inner city children that have many challenges in their young lives, a visit at times is life changing, it certainly has been for me. I am truly humbled to be a Trustee.”
Mike played for Lancashire and England between 1987-2001 and is a former England Captain. Mike commentates for Sky Sports and is The Times cricket correspondent.
“I spend most of my time involved with the elite side of the game, through commentary and writing. While I love being involved in Test matches and other international and county games, I have never forgotten that this represents a try slice of the game in this country. Being a trustee of the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation is a constant reminder of the real value of the game, and the wonderful surroundings in which it is played, and how those two things can combine to give young people a moment in time to remember.”
Rob is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP in London and lives with his family in East Sussex. He joined the ACCF board in November 2020.
‘”Arundel is a very special cricket ground and I have been very fortunate to play here on a number of occasions. I am now very excited to continue my association with the ground through the Foundation. It’s a fantastic privilege to be a Trustee of the ACCF and help provide that same experience to young, disadvantaged people with less opportunity to access this inspiring place.”
Harry is a Partner at Blackwood Group and lives in West Sussex with his family.
“I have known Arundel and the Foundation for many years as I was fortunate to play cricket there for the first time over 30 years ago. I am delighted to be involved now as a Trustee in support of the excellent and continued work the Foundation does. To ensure that these efforts are relevant, sustainable and fun for all those involved is exciting and motivating.”
Alastair joined the ACCF board in May 2022.
Having read Land Economy at Cambridge, Nigel has managed a diverse range of Estates in East Anglia and the South East of England. His roles have included the management of the Norfolk Estate, Goodwood Estate’s Property Director with close involvement in the establishment of Goodwood’s sporting events and managing the Angmering Park Estate.
“I returned to Arundel in 1990 to manage the Angmering Park Estate, whose Family forebears built this most beautiful cricket ground and to be able to facilitate the sharing of this wonderful asset with children from disadvantaged backgrounds has been the driving force behind my Trusteeship of the Foundation.“
Rachel has worked in Education for over 40 years on two different continents, Europe and Africa. She retired after 35 years supporting her husband as headmaster of three different Preparatory schools. Her love was always the investment in community, children, staff and parents. She headed the pastoral team and latterly headed the safeguarding team.
“During my time in Sussex I have had many a happy day spent at Arundel watching children playing cricket and my son playing in the Cricketer cup. I have been privy to the wonderful work the ACCF do and I am very excited to be involved in such an exceptional and forward thinking charity.”
“It is a great privilege for me to be a Trustee of the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation and I find it very humbling to have the opportunity to be part of a charity that can make such a difference to disadvantaged children and young people. The experience of Arundel can open these young people’s eyes to another world which many of us probably take for granted. Out of small acorns, big oaks grow.”
Mark has practised as a barrister since 1986, specialising in crime, business and regulatory crime, professional discipline and sports law. He took Silk in 2006 and sits as a Recorder. Mark is a Governor of Wellington College and Amesbury School, where he leads on “public benefit” and “community” and is a member of the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission.
“It is a great privilege to be a Trustee of the ACCF which innately combines social responsibility, education and cricket in its provision of transformational opportunity to young people for whom opportunity is so difficult to come by.”
Caroline trained as a journalist, followed by board level roles in public and community relations, including at Gatwick Airport. Caroline has run a charity, funding community and volunteer programmes, many helping young people develop their potential and get the best start in life. She is a Patron of St Barnabas House hospice in Worthing, Bishop’s Champion for the charity Family Support Work and a governor for a secondary school for pupils with special needs.
“I’m proud to be part of Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation, which works in the heart of beautiful Sussex to create new opportunities and broaden horizons for the young people we help.”
Following a twenty-five year career in the commercial world, Richard has re-trained and become a teacher of Classics and English.
“I love cricket, though I was, and am, an indifferent player I have considered it a privilege to be a Trustee of ACCF and have admired hugely the inspirational work done by the charity. I am the nominated trustee with responsibility for child protection.”
Chris is a former PE and Games teacher at Windlesham House School, West Sussex and he has coached at Arundel Castle for the Foundation for many years. He now works on a regular basis for Sussex County Cricket Club as well as growing his Personal Training business in the Brighton & Hove area. Chris was a professional cricketer at Sussex CCC in 1977-80 before embarking on a career within cricket in the UK, Holland, New Zealand and South Africa, as a player, coach and administrator. He is an ECB Head Coach and has vast experience in coaching children (and adults) of all ages and abilities.
Brian is one of the senior coaches at Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation. He is a qualified ECB Club Coach, an ECB Tutor and Assessor, working on coach education courses in Sussex. Brian is the Junior Development Director for Middleton CC and has managed a Chance to Shine Project for 4 years, introducing cricket in local primary schools. As Chairman of the West Area Cricket Association, he works closely with local clubs and the Sussex Cricket Board, which allows him to progress the opportunities for young cricketers from early years through to senior cricket.
Richard Davies has been an ECB tutor for 14 years and has coached young children all over Africa as well as at home. He played cricket for Warwickshire CCC and Berkshire CCC in the seventies and eventually became the school professional coach at Worksop College and then Lancing College (1986-2010). Richard has travelled widely as a senior tutor for the Cricket Without Boundaries charity, taking volunteers to sub-Saharan Africa, using cricket as a social integration tool along with AIDS/HIV messages to children and teachers. In Northern Uganda, he worked with the former boy soldiers of the Lords Resistance Army using cricket as means of bringing them back into mainstream society.
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