It has now been confirmed that Barry O’Brien will step down as Chairman of Glamorgan Cricket Club; a change that marks the end of an era. Having assumed the position for seven years, Barry O’Brien moves on to pastures new, taking on the new role as Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Though a prestigious position, it does mean that O’Brien can no longer remain with the club, with the ECB’s new governance arrangements not allowing directors to hold positions within the County game.
Arguably responsible for steering the club out of debt and into the flourishing sports venue it is today, it is no surprise that so many kind messages and tributes have been made to O’Brien.
Talking following the announcement was Chief Executive, Hugh Morris. Reflecting on his experiences working alongside O’Brien, he said:
“Barry O’Brien has played an outstanding innings for Glamorgan County Cricket Club. He has shown the necessary courage and leadership to guide us through some challenging times.
“The significant reduction in our long-term debt and the changes to our governance provide strong foundations for an exciting future and will be important legacies of Barry’s term of office.
“On behalf of the Board and staff of Glamorgan I would like to thank Barry for his commitment and encouragement throughout his tenure and on a personal note I would like to thank him for his support and wise-counsel during my time as Chief Executive.
“He is someone who will be missed by the Club but we are delighted his vast knowledge, experience and skills will continue to benefit the game of cricket in England and Wales in his role as an ECB director.”
Sharing words of equal kindness was Barry O’Brien. Commenting on his time with the club, he said:
“It was a privilege to be invited to succeed Paul Russell as Chairman of Glamorgan and despite some of the challenges I have enjoyed every moment of the past seven years.
“It is impossible to mention all those – members, staff and players – that help to make Glamorgan such a special club but alongside Paul I would pay tribute to my two Presidents, David Morgan and Alan Jones, and to Hugh Morris. Under Hugh’s leadership I am confident that the Club will go from strength to strength and the ECB rules will not preclude my continuing support for the team.”
Glamorgan will start the search for a new Chairman in the very near future, with processes being led by the Nominations Committee of the Club.