Keith Oliver receives OBE

31 Dec

Keith OliverKeith Oliver, Cricket Scotland’s Chairman for the last 13 years, has been awarded an OBE in today’s  New Year’s Honours List. 

Keith Oliver was appointed as the Chairman of Cricket Scotland in 2002.  In 2010 he was also elected by the other 105 countries around the world to sit on the Executive Board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a two year period and was re-elected for a further two years in 2012.  This is the highest level of governance in the world game and is a hugely prestigious post for a Scot to hold.  Both these post are completely voluntary. Mr Oliver was also the voluntary Chairman of The Lords Taveners in Scotland, contributing greatly to the role of this famous charity in Scotland.

Mr Oliver plays a key role in the day to day running of Cricket Scotland, supporting the professional staff and representing the sport with external bodies such as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the ICC.

Chairing the Board, who meet up to 10 times a year, Keith also drives forward a number of legal aspects of the business as well as mentoring and supporting the Chief Executive on key issues.   Mr Oliver also led the sport through major constitutional change by restructuring the governance of the sport and ensuring that the new companies were legally compliant.  He was also the driving force behind setting up a new charity, the Scottish Cricket Development Trust, to ensure investment was available to support grass roots cricket throughout Scotland. 

Always happy to be behind the scenes,  he has worked tirelessly to promote the sport, grow the game and drive forward the business of Cricket Scotland.  He has been instrumental in concluding commercial partnerships for the sport, as well as arranging fixtures and exchanges with other countries. 

In 2002, Cricket Scotland turned over £500K and employed six staff.  As we enter 2014 the governing body employs 25 full and part time staff and has a projected turnover of £2.1M.  During this period the sport has moved from an amateur one to a fully professional national side, won ICC events at senior and junior levels, participated in world cups and importantly grown the game significantly.

His contribution to the sport over this period has been immeasurable and has been a major factor in the significant progression the body has made.  In one of the world’s largest and highest profile sports, to have an Executive Board member from Scotland, is a huge honour for Mr Oliver, Scottish cricket and Scottish sport.  This is testament to the high regard he is held in through the cricketing world.

Commenting on the award, Chief Executive Roddy Smith stated, ‘’During his period in office, the sport has had to deal with many problematic and difficult situations.  Mr Oliver has led the Board through the decision making process, showing clarity of thought and not being afraid to make decisions that may not be well received by all.  He has always had the best interest of the sport at heart and made decisions for the long term betterment of a game he dearly loves.  He has purposely not pushed himself forward publically for praise, preferring to take a back seat and allow the credit to go to the staff and volunteers involved in the game.  The truth is without his input over a decade of voluntary service these successes would not have been achieved.  We are all delighted that his contribution has been acknowledged with this award. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient’’

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