Profiles of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Board of Directors.
Steve Denison – Chairman
Steve Denison has been a Board member for four years. He is a senior partner at PwC. He was appointed Chairman at the Club’s AGM in March 2015.
With more than 25 years’ experience, Steve leads the firm’s Assurance business across the UK regions. He is based in the Leeds office and advises the Board on financial matters.
Robin Smith – Vice Chairman
Robin Smith has been Board member of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club since 1998.
Robin practised as a solicitor, ultimately becoming managing partner of his firm DLA Piper.
He is a non-executive director of Bartlett Group (Holdings) Ltd and was Chairman of Leeds Building Society for six years retiring from his post in March 2013.
He maintains his links with the Territorial Army and with a number of local and national charities.
Mark Arthur – Chief Executive
Mark Arthur arrived at Headingley in April 2013 to become the Club’s Chief Executive.
Mark has had an illustrious career in professional sport. He was Chief executive at Nottingham Forest Football Club, where he spent 13 years at the helm. Prior to his role in football, Arthur held a similar role at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and played a key role in driving forward such projects as the Radcliffe Road Stand.
He started his career in sports administration at the Test and County Cricket Board, now the England and Wales Cricket Board, in 1990 before moving to Trent Bridge in 1994.
Tom Bridges – Director (Nominee of Leeds City Council)
Tom is Chief Economic Development Officer for Leeds City Council, where he is responsible for economic policy, business support programmes, city centre management, markets, inward investment, and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone. He is leading Leeds City Council’s work on the HS2 growth strategy for Leeds and Leeds City Region, the Leeds City Centre Business Improvement District, and the refurbishment of Kirkgate Market. Tom chaired the steering group for the work to assess the economic benefits of the Yorkshire Grand Depart (and stage 3 in Cambridge, Essex and London) of the 2014 Tour De France. He was a member of the advisory group for Sir David Higgins report, Rebalancing Britain, on a national transport strategy. He chairs the user panel for the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, the Government’s advisory group on evidence-based economic development policy.
Between 1999 and 2012 Tom worked for Arup, where he led the firm’s planning, policy and economic practice in the north of England, and prior to that worked for Arup in London. At Arup Tom coordinated a project to advise the Mayor of London and business groups on how to maximise the economic benefits of London 2012, and he has advised on the economic case for major development, arts and culture and sports projects. Tom is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Tom is married with two children.
Harry Gration MBE – Director
Esteemed broadcaster Harry Gration, who has been associated with the BBC for over three decades in a variety of roles from anchoring regional news programme Look North to covering seven Olympic Games for BBC Sport, joined the Board in August 2013.
He is a lifelong Yorkshire cricket fan and has been supporting the Club since the 1970s
His high profile within the region and his knowledge of the sports industry is a vital asset to the Club.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting.
Gary Verity – Director
Gary Verity is the Chief Executive of the official tourism agency of the region Welcome to Yorkshire.
Verity, who joined the Board in August 2013, was instrumental in bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2014. He has successfully raised the profile of Yorkshire on a national and international level having overseen award winning marketing campaigns and major tourism initiatives.
Since joining Welcome to Yorkshire in 2008 he has worked closely with tourism businesses, local authorities and other partners to grow the county’s visitor economy, which has increased to £7b over the past five years and make Yorkshire a destination of choice for visitors worldwide.
A passionate Yorkshireman, in his spare time Gary is an award-winning Dales sheep farmer and lives on a working farm near Leyburn. He is also a strong advocate of cancer support and has raised more than £500,000 for charities in Yorkshire.