Smith to move on after decade in charge

23 Sep

As he approaches the end of his tenth year as Chief Executive, Roddy Smith has today announced that he will leave Cricket Scotland at the end of December.

Smith joined Cricket Scotland in September 2004 and has overseen a transformation in the activity of the governing body during his tenure. Under his management Cricket Scotland’s team has increased from 8 to 25 staff and turnover has quadrupled. In the last ten years there have also been some significant on field performances by Scotland’s national teams, with participation figures for players, coaches and umpires all on the rise.

Commenting on his departure Smith said, ‘’I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Cricket Scotland and it’s hard to believe it has been nearly a decade. I am delighted that I leave an organisation in good health with a growing game and after a year of exceptional on field performances by national teams at all levels.

Ten years is a long time for a Chief Executive of a national governing body and now feels exactly the right time to move on to my next challenge. With a Cricket World Cup to look forward to early next year and a number of newly appointed quality staff to work with, I am looking forward to handing over to my successor an organisation that is very well placed to succeed in the future.

The game in Scotland is fortunate to have a great group of volunteers and professional staff and I am indebted to everyone that has helped me over the last ten years."

Cricket Scotland’s Chairman Keith Oliver stated, "Roddy and I have worked together throughout his tenure and I am enormously grateful to him for all his endeavours and professional expertise. There is no doubt that the governing body of Cricket in Scotland is unrecognisable from where we were in 2004 and the credit for this must go to Roddy and his staff.

Back then we could not have imagined we would have won global qualifying events, played in world cups at youth and senior level, played ODI games in front of thousands, run a fully professional national team as well as winning numerous development awards at a European and Global level. I and all at Cricket Scotland wish Roddy every success in his next role."

Cricket Scotland will start the recruitment process for Smith’s successor in due course with the aim of the new Chief Executive being in place early in the New Year.

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