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Board Of Directors

Bob Hinchliffe

Bob Hinchliffe (Chairman)

Current Chairman of the Lancashire Cricket Board and the LCB Recreational Committee since his appointment at the 2014 AGM. Appointed Director of LCB in 2012 and Vice-Chairman in 2011.

As a cricketer, Bob started playing at Stand Grammar School and played for over 30 years in the Lancashire County League (formerly the Lancashire & Cheshire League). Played for Lancashire & Cheshire League representative team and have been Secretary of the above two leagues since 1987. Also Secretary / Treasurer of the Lancashire Inter League Knockout Competition since 1987. Gained Level 2 Coaching Qualification and is a Level 1 Umpire. Ex captain of Prestwich Cricket Club and current Vice-Chairman of the Club.



Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson (Hon Treasurer & Secretary)

Bill has been the LCB Honorary Treasurer since the Board was formed in 1996 and has overseen its growth in turnover from a few thousand pounds to over £1m in the last few years. He is a qualified accountant and in his working life he was the Director of Finance for South Ribble Borough Council for the last 13 years of his career, and previously held senior financial posts with four local authorities in the North West. He has extensive experience of dealing with Government departments and agencies and was a financial advisor to the North West Sports Council for a number of years, and Vice Chairman of its Grants committee. Since retiring he served as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS for nine years.  He has been a Trustee and Director of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum for over 25 years and for 12 years was its Company Secretary.

He has spent many years coaching juniors at club level and holds the original MCC coaching certificate. He is a former player having started at Preston CC, followed by a short spell at Chorley CC, before moving to live on the Fylde coast and playing for Fylde CC for over 30 years, including a number of years as 2nd XI captain to complement his junior coaching role.

He was elected Chairman of the former Lancashire Youth Cricket Council (later renamed the Lancashire Youth Coaching Committee) in 1989 following the untimely death of the previous Chairman, Cedric Rhodes, and continued in this role until 2004. His contribution to youth cricket and the LCB was recognised by the County Club when he was made a Vice President of LCCC some years ago. He is currently the ECB appointed Cricket Boards' national representative on the ECB Audit Committee.



Mike Watkinson

Mike Watkinson

Mike is a former Lancashire and England right hand batsman and right arm off break / medium pace bowler. He played 4 Tests, 1 ODI and made 308 First Class appearances for Lancashire, captaining the Red Rose County between 1994 and 1997.

After retiring, he moved into the role of coaching at Lancashire in 2002. He was drafted in as England's bowling coach for the tour to Bangladesh in 2003-04 and worked alongside Duncan Fletcher for two winters. After six years as coach, he moved into a new role as Lancashire's Director of Cricket in 2008 till 2014 and under his leadership the Lancashire team won the County Championship in 2011 after 77 years.

Mike became LCB Director in April 2014 and has taken up a position at Manchester Grammar School.



Bobby Cross

Robert Cross

A Bury Grammar School pupil who went on to read Law at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne; Bobby played throughout the junior age group programme from Lancashire U13s up to the U19s before spending two seasons on the staff at Old Trafford. An opening batsman, Bobby played in the Second XI for several seasons before moving into a career as a Solicitor in the family firm.

Bobby has played club cricket for Heywood CC in the Central Lancashire League throughout his career and was captain of the First Eleven for ten seasons. He is now responsible for the junior section of the club and has helped to raise funds for facilities as well as organising the 2012 NatWest CricketForce national showcase event at the club.

No stranger to sport, Bobby is the son of former West Ham striker David Cross and is older brother to Jennifer, who played Super League Netball for Northern Thunder, and Kathryn, who is an England Women International as an opening bowler.

Bobby coaches on the county age group programme and is also on the U19 Federation committee.



Hugh Evans

Hugh Evans

Originally from Kendal Hugh represented Cumberland in the Minor Counties and played most of his club cricket at Netherfield where he captained the 1st X1. He also had spells at Rotherham, Neston, Workington, Cleator and Newton-le-Willows before finally becoming an umpire in 1997.

After four years at the local electricity board, Hugh moved from Kendal to Rotherham to begin what was to be a 35 year involvement in Local Government and in particular sport and leisure. This culminated in a move to St Helens in 1991 where he became Head of Recreation until his appointment as Head of Community Safety in 2005 and eventual retirement in 2010.

Hugh is currently Chairman of the Merseyside Cricket Umpires Association, Treasurer of the LCB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) and is the ACO's Regional Performance Officer. He represents the North of England on the ACO's Performance Committee, is Chairman of the Merseyside and South West Lancashire Cricket Partnership and represents the LCB ACO on the LCB's Development & Recreation Committees.



John Murphy

John Murphy

John is former Managing Director of a major International retailer for their Czech and Slovak business unit and also held Board level positions in the UK and China.

After taking early retirement in 2010 John became a Trustee of the PDSA Charity to advice on Retail and Marketing matters and in 2015 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Charity. He also owns an award winning Fish & Chip Restaurant in Devon which is run under management.

On returning back to the UK in 2009 John has been able to dedicate more time to supporting his local Cricket Club Norden, members of the Central Lancashire Cricket League, in various administrational roles and to pick up from where he left off before embarking on an International Management career. In January 2015 he was elected Chairman of the Club after serving as Chairman of Selectors and Cricket Secretary. Additionally he headed up a Business Development Group that has worked successfully in increasing revenues from sponsorship, organised additional fund raising events, and has overseen two successful grant applications.

He is also a member of the management committee of the Central Lancashire Cricket League.

John main role is to identify opportunities to increase revenues through fund raising and sponsorship opportunities to further benefit the aims and objectives of the LCB. His background in Cricket administration at Club and League level will add further value to the current Board.



Graham Brindley

Graham Brindley

Graham was educated at Manchester University gaining a business degree and Liverpool where he qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC. He spent over 20 years working for a North West based company supplying medical products to the NHS and finished full time corporate life running a social healthcare project for the Department of Health. Since retiring he undertakes independent finance based projects.

Graham played most of his cricket in the Merseyside Association with Rainhill and Walshaw in the Bolton Association interspersed with a short period at Bootle in the Liverpool Competition. Although he now plays golf the game of cricket remains his true passion and he looks forward to being involved as Honorary Treasurer of the LCB.



Gary Yates

Gary Yates

Gary has been recently appointed as Lancashire County Cricket Club’s new Academy Director / Assistant Coach.

Gary, an off spinning all-rounder, played for the Red Rose between 1989 and 2004 and featured in over 250 games, taking 343 wickets and scoring 2,450 runs in all competitions.

He took up a coaching role with the Club in 2008 qualifying as an ECB Level 4 coach in 2006. Gary guided the Second XI to 7 finals in 5 years, 2009-2013, winning 3 trophies.

Gary was educated at Manchester Grammar School alongside former England captain Mike Atherton. Playing for his parent club Denton St Lawrence CC, Gary came through the junior player pathway. After his education Gary briefly tried his hand working for National Vulcan as a Trainee Engineering Insurance Broker before signing a Lancashire Professional contract in 1987. The following eight out of nine winters Gary played and coached overseas. He gained valuable coaching experience playing in Australia – Geelong & Brisbane, New Zealand – Wellington, South Africa - East London & Hermanus.

Gary who is a keen runner will be Head Coach of the LCB Under 19s.



Fara Gorsi

Fara Gorsi

Fara has recently become the UK’s first female ECB accredited cricket agent, establishing ThinkSports, her Sports and Professional management company.

She has been a successful academic student at two Universities studying Business and IT at Liverpool Hope University and Sports Management at University of Salford. Also a Prince2 accredited project manager who has worked for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue for 10 years responsible for delivery of systems and projects.

A passionate cricket fan, who has always remained in sports and recreation, was previously a coach at David Lloyd coaching Cricket as well as various other sports.