Phillip Hodson, the Yorkshire businessman and former Cambridge blue, will serve as the next President of Marylebone Cricket Club.
In assuming office for a one-year term on 1st October 2011, Phillip Hodson will become only the fourth MCC President to hail from Yorkshire in the Club’s long history, and the first for 50 years since Sir William Worsley served in 1961.
The announcement of his appointment was made today at Lord’s during MCC’s Annual General Meeting by Christopher Martin-Jenkins – the current Club President.
Phillip Hodson has a long and close association with MCC. He played his qualifiers for the Club in 1977, hitting a hundred in his second match, and was elected a Member in 1979. He has since played over 300 games for MCC and represented the club on several tours. He joined the Players and Fixtures sub-committee in 1987, became chairman of that committee in 1993 and continued to serve on it until 2000. He has spent eleven years on the main Committee, five on Membership and General Purposes committee and now stands on the Cricket committee and the Youth sub-committee.
An opening batsman, Phillip Hodson won a blue for Cambridge in the strong team of 1972 that defeated Oxford at Lord’s by an innings. By the time that he played in the 1973 University match he had scored a first-class century against Kent, had taken six wickets in the same match and become a regular Yorkshire 2nd XI all-rounder.
Starting out in a small business in 1977, Phillip Hodson has gone on to become Chief Executive of The Oval group, the biggest privately owned corporate insurance brokers in the UK, now employing over 1,200 people. The Oval group currently sponsors Leicestershire CCC and Durham MCC University.
Paying tribute to his successor, Christopher Martin-Jenkins said: “I believe that Phillip Hodson will become only the fourth President in a very long line to be what one might call Yorkshire through and through, and he follows three very distinguished Presidents indeed in Lord Hawke, Sir Stanley Jackson and Sir William Worsley. But for so great a cricketing county you might think only three MCC presidents a rather scant representation. Phillip is a man greatly respected by everyone who knows him and who has worked with him at MCC, and he has already been a great servant of this club. He is chairman of an insurance broking business – the Oval group – which has made no fewer than 37 acquisitions since 2005, so he combines business skill and experience with all his cricketing pedigree. It is my great pleasure to nominate him as President of MCC for 2011-12.”