Matt was on the committees of both the YSPL and the SYSCL, as vice-chairman and deputy chief executive respectively, and fixture secretary of both leagues. As inaugural Executive Board chairman of the YCSPL, he has overall accountability for the governance of the League, for ensuring that it is run in accordance with its constitution and rules, and in accordance with ECB and Yorkshire Premier League Management Board (YPLMB) guidance and requirements. As competitions manager he is responsible for league and cup fixture competion scheduling. Along with Matk Beardshall, he represents the YCSPL at the YPLMB. Matt is also vice-chairman of the Oughtibridge club in Sheffield. He is married with a daughter and is a chartered quantity surveyor and project manager, currently the Managing Partner for Yorkshire at Rider Levett Bucknall. Matt is also a diehard Sheffield Wednesdayite.
A former founder member of the YSPL committee, Chris is chairman of Wakefield Thornes, and has overseen the club's rise from the second tier of the Central Yorkshire League to White Rose Yorkshire Premier Leagues Champions on two occasions. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of the game, Chris is particularly experienced in the difficult area of overseas recruitment, and as League compliance manager is responsible for ensuring that the Premier Section clubs are aware of and meet all relevant Premier League accreditation, grounds and playing criteria; approving the registration of all overseas players in the League, ensuring compliance with relevant rules; and for advice to clubs on matters concerning overseas players. A keen golfer, Chris works for sports consultants Steve Wells Associates.
David was previously Chief Executive, Vice-Chairman and Cricket Committee chairman of the SYSCL. In his playing career, he was a batsman for the Stocksbridge, Bradfield, Worsbrough Bridge and Oughtibridge clubs. A tireless worker for the game, he is an experienced umpire and is the ECB Regional appointments officer for the north of England, including the newly-formed YCSPL. As head of the Senior Section, David is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Section; reviewing the Senior Section playing conditions as necessary; and for acting as the link between the Section and the Executive Board. David was formerly a manager for Tata British Steel, and remains closely connected as a trustee with the Stocksbridge Works Sports and Social Club Park Steels club. Married with two grown-up children, he occupies the remainder of his time with DIY work for his family, gardening and is a dedicated dog walker.
Steve was formerly the secretary of the YSPL and before that he was chairman of the Yorkshire League. His two main areas of expertise are administration and scoring. For many years, Steve was secretary and scorer at Doncaster Town CC. Another tireless worker for the game, Steve is the ACO Regional Scorers Officer for the North, carrying out scorer training across the area, and is a respected voice on scoring issues. As Premier Section General Manager he is responsible for the day-to-day management of Section operations, including player registration, all scoring issues and matchday liaison with clubs; advice and support to clubs on attaining ECB club accreditation standards; organisation of Premier Section cup competitions. Outside cricket, he is a local government officer.
Ashley has been involved in cricket for 55 years as a player, coach, administrator, umpire and scorer. He was formerly the treasurer of SYSCL. As YCSPL treasurer Ashley is responsible for all the League's financial transactions, maintaining its accounts, and for advice to the Board on financial matters. As a player, he was an opening bowler and late-order batsman firstly with Yorkshire Main and then Bentley Colliery, before his work took him out of South Yorkshire and he played for Bracebridge Heath in Lincolnshire for five years before returning to Doncaster. Since then he has been involved with I.C.I. Fibres (now Eden Grove Parklands) and Warmsworth. Ashley is married with grown-up son who plays for Orton Park near Peterborough and is now a proud grandfather. Ashley spent over 20 years working in retail for a blue chip kitchen & joinery company, and is now an administrator for a global logistics company. He is a loyal Doncaster Rovers pass holder, despite referring to them as 'only a pub team having a laugh'.
Ian is a vice-chairman of the YCB and previously served on the YSPL committee. He played for the Rotherham Town, Rotherham Phoenix, Warmsworth and Ulley clubs. He is a level two coach, who is currently coach/manager of the Doncaster Joe Lumb representative team. At the YCB he is responsible for corporate governance issues and is chair of the finance sub-committee, remuneration committee, and rules revision group. His primary roles on the League Executive Board are to represent the interests of the YCB and to advise on YCB-related matters. Outside cricket, Ian is the owner of a Steel Trading Company.
Equity & Diversity group representative
Milton acts as the representative of the League's Equity & Diversity group; a standing group of representatives that he chairs. The group's vision is to promote a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and all discrimination in the YCSPL, whilst being a example to other leagues and networks within the game; to drive forward diversity and equality within cricket; and to make cricket an equitable and diverse game for all. Milton has been involved with Sheffield Caribbean CC for over 50 years as player, captain, scorer and club manager. He is widely respected in the cricket community not only for his service to SCCC but for his dedication to junior coaching and BAME involvement. Outside cricket, Milton worked in the probation service for 35 years before retirement, in his later years specialising in race, diversity and community engagement issues.
Mark was a founder member of the YSPL committee and served on the committee of the old Yorkshire League before that. As the head of the Premier Section, he represents the League on the YPLMB along with Matt Summerhill. Mark is responsible for Premier Section operations; reviewing Premier Section playing conditions as and when necessary; reporting to the LEB on Premier Section activities and issues; and for ensuring that LEB decisions are carried forward in the Premier Section. As a player, Mark was an opening bowler who was good enough to represent Derbyshire at first class level, and had a distinguished league career in both the Bradford and Yorkshire Leagues. A qualified coach and a longstanding member of the committee at Barnsley Woolley Miners CC, Mark brings a wealth of experience and ideas to his role.
Liz was formerly a member of the YSPL committee, for whom she was the first participation manager. She is currently the first team scorer with Wickersley Old Village CC. As YCSPL participation manager, her role is to liaise with ECB/YCB on participation initiatives; promoting initiatives to clubs by giving advice and signposting further information; supporting and developing womens’ and girls’ cricket; championing inclusivity issues and giving advice to LEB about actions necessary in connection with participation and inclusivity.
A former member of the SYSCL committee, Maurice was previously chairman of the Doncaster & District League and the South Yorkshire Alliance. He played for, and was on the committee of, Barnby Dun CC; and has now been a league cricket umpire for over 30 years. As the League Safeguarding Manager, Maurice is responsible for ensuring that clubs comply with YCB safeguarding requirements as detailed in the League Safeguarding Policy; liaison with the County Safeguarding Officer; and advice to the LEB about actions necessary in connection with safeguarding issues. Outside cricket, Maurice played football for over ten years in the Yorkshire League, and before retirement was a manager for an engineering business. He is married with a grown-up son, who played Minor Counties cricket for Norfolk.
Terry was formerly on the YSPL committee and is on the committee of the South Yorkshire Umpires Association. As a cricketer, he was a true all-rounder - batting, bowling and keeping wicket - for Parkgate, Spen Victoria, Whiston and Wombwell. Since then he has umpired for 11 years. Terry's role on the Executive Board is to represent the interests of the South Yorkshire League Umpires Asssociation and the Yorkshire Premier Leagues Umpires Association; to advice on issues connected with the recruitment and development of umpires; and to provide umpire input on ground & facilities and playing conditions issues. Outside cricket, Terry's main interest is rugby union. He played for Rotherham for 26 years, after which he took up refereeing, in which he officiating in club games at a good standard.
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