Paul Russell Resigns as Glamorgan Cricket Chairman

Glamorgan Cricket today announced that the Chairman of the Club, Paul Russell, has stood down for reasons of ill health.

Barry O’Brien, an existing member of the Club’s Committee and a senior partner at the leading City law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, will now assume the role of Interim Chairman. In light of his continuing business commitments, Nigel Roberts will continue as Deputy Chair.

In his message to the Chief Executive and the Committee, Paul Russell stated: “I have made this decision because I believe it to be in the best interests of Glamorgan Cricket. My choosing to depart earlier than planned facilitates the Club addressing and securing its long term future”.

Mr Russell became Chairman of Glamorgan Cricket in 2003 and, during his tenure as Club Chairman, Cardiff became the first venue outside England or Australia to stage an Ashes Test match. His contribution to Welsh Cricket will be long remembered, and perhaps his greatest legacy will be the construction of the SWALEC Stadium.

Glamorgan Cricket Chief Executive, Alan Hamer, added: “Paul Russell’s contribution to Glamorgan Cricket has been immense. On behalf of the Club, I would like to thank him for his vision, determination and continued commitment. I wish Paul well in his retirement and, as a passionate Glamorgan supporter, I’m sure he’ll be a regular visitor to the stadium.

“In the meantime, the Club’s Committee and Executive Management team look forward to working closely with Barry O’Brien to ensure that there is a smooth transition period, until such time as we announce a successor to Paul.

“Barry is one of the UK’s leading lawyers, has been on the Club’s committee for the past three years and has been a lifelong Glamorgan supporter.”


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