Colin Graves is strengthening his day-to-day involvement with The Yorkshire County Cricket Club from Monday 7 May when he assumes the role of Executive Chairman, an amalgamation of his existing role as chairman and the vacant chief executive post.
Colin sold the last of his Costcutter shares in November last year, the business he grew from scratch in 1986 into a national chain of supermarkets, but retained a position on their Board.
He was offered the role of non-executive chairman, to further his involvement with the Costcutter brand, but has opted instead to become more hands on at Headingley.
He has been a Board Director at Yorkshire CCC since 2002 when, as a member of the Gang of Four, he assumed control of the Club’s finances, which were in a perilously dire position. He will now work in a full-time capacity at Headingley in a salaried position and also retains his position on the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Management Board.
Colin Graves said: “I’m excited about taking on the joint role of chief executive and chairman at the Club. I’ve resigned as chairman of Costcutter and sold my shares and it was time to leave that business and look for pastures new. I’ve been more involved over the last few months and really enjoyed it.”
He added: “There are ups and downs, as in any business, but we’ve now got a solid base and platform with international cricket at Headingley under our staging agreement with the ECB until 2019. Consequently we’ve got a robust business model to take forward, but there are some areas we can improve in and I’m looking forward to working hard to steer the Club forward.”