Reflections On The AGM
Posted by: Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
Date: 02 April, 2019 09:58

Dear All,

firstly, thank you to everyone who voted for me. I may now re-assume the mantle of relative anonymity secure in the knowledge that there are a lot of very good people looking after our club.

Mike Farrell ran the meeting extremely well, and displayed a superb overview of what we are about from First Team to youth cricket, from the Committee to the Seaxe Club's work paying for the training of young players who otherwise could not afford it.

At a time of such challenges and uncertainty, there is no one I would rather have in charge of the finances of the club than David Kendix. He spoke with such utter competence of both the alarming financial loss we made, explained how it came about, and what was being done for the future.

David was referred to as an actuary by profession. An Actuary used to be defined as an accountant with whatever sense of humour they had left, squeezed out of them. If so, then David is the right man for us. He knows cricket and he knows finances.

It was mentioned that other county clubs are heard to say that they wish their club was more like ours.

Richard Goatley now has Angus reporting to him as Director of Cricket, and also has Stuart Law reporting to him separately, so he gets two views of how we are doing on the field.

In typical fashion, Richard was kind enough to let me know well in advance of the AGM that my candidacy had been unsuccessful, but to thank me for standing. As I heard from the top table, the title of a Bob Dylan song floated through my mind: "What Good Am I ?", compared to their great expertise.

I initially regarded the result of the election of the new directors as our having missed a trick, as we have a cricket committee, where people like Mike Gatting can employ their massive knowledge and list of contacts.

However, the structure of the new Board means that they will now determine the specific expertise that they need to draft in, and will then invite candidates with those specialised skills to tender to be appointed, so we get the best of both worlds.

The best news of all, I regards as the appointment of Marilyn Smith.Not only does her CV read very well at a time when we need people who know sport and how to negotiate about playing fields with local Government, but she knows cricket and Middlesex cricket. She still plays as well as leading a very busy life.

When I met her last night, Marilyn came across as a massive refreshing blast of fresh air.
As Beefy said, after talking to Marilyn for 5 minutes, we felt we had known her for ages.

Welcome, Marilyn. Watch her once she gets going !

..... all that before a first class ball is bowled.


Re: Reflections On The AGM
Posted by: WayOutWest (IP Logged)
Date: 02 April, 2019 14:13

Thanks for the summary Primrose/Andrew. I voted for you myself and wanted say well done for putting yourself forward

Re: Reflections On The AGM
Posted by: Seaxe Boy (IP Logged)
Date: 16 May, 2019 08:46

Thank you for your informative summary. The make up of the new board will be diverse.

Ms Smith has led a distinguished career within the women's game. She now has an opportunity to embrace the wider picture across Middlesex Cricket.

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