League Executive Board 

Board members 
David Ward 
Chairman & Head of Senior Section 
David was vice-chairman and Senior Section Head in the inaugural League Executive Board, taking over as chairman from Matt Summerhill in November 2021. He was previously Chief Executive, Vice-Chairman and Cricket Committee chairman of the SYSCL.  
In his playing career, David 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 ACO regional appointments officer for the north of England, including the YCSPL.  
As Executive Board chairman, 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 guidance. He represents the League at the Yorkshire Premier Leagues Management Board.  
David also remains head of the Senior Section, 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. 
Chris Froggett 
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. 
Matt Summerhill 
Competitions Manager 
Matt was the first chairman of the YCSPL, guiding it successfully through its first season before standing down to concentrate on his family and business. He sat on the committees of both the YSPL and the SYSCL, as vice-chairman and deputy chief executive respectively, and was fixture secretary of both leagues. He also served on the committee of the Yorkshire & Derbyshire League.  
As YCSPL competitions manager, he is responsible for all league and cup fixture competion scheduling. In his playing career, Matt played for Frecheville, Millhouses and Oughtibridge, and is also vice-chairman of the latter.  
Matt is a chartered quantity surveyor and project manager – currently the Managing Partner for Yorkshire at Rider Levett Bucknall - and is also a diehard Sheffield Wednesdayite. 
Steve Ward 
Premier Section General Manager 
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 Boothman 
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'. 
Gareth Davis 
YCB representative 
Gareth is he YCB Head of Region for South Yorkshire, and was previously n inaugural member of the YSPL committee. A well-known figure in local cricket, he is captain of Whiston Parish Church CC, having previously played for Treeton.  
Gareth has been passionate about cricket since the age of nine. He loves the game and helping clubs and in particular new players and families to the game.  
Gareth has now have worked for the Yorkshire Cricket Board for 15 years and has loved every minute. His role on the LEB is to keep the League informed of all YCB activity and support the clubs wherever possible. He believes that the League has done some amazing work over the last few years and hopes to add value to a already strong group of people who also have a huge passion for the game. 
Roger Pugh 
Vice-Chairman & Head of Premier Section 
Roger was the chairman of the Yorkshire South Premier League before its merger with the SYSCL. His cricket background is in umpiring and administration. His league umpiring career stretched from 1975 to 2013, initially in the Yorkshire Council and, from 2002, in the Yorkshire League. Since 1982, he has held a wide variety of administrative roles in cricket leagues and umpires associations, continuing to serve as treasurer of his local East Riding association. 
As a member of the then Yorkshire Pyramid Working Party, later the Premier League Management Board, Roger played a significant role in the restructuring of Premier League cricket in Yorkshire, and was a driving force behind the merger of the YSPL and SYSCL. 
In addition to his role as Head of Premier Section, in which he is responsible for all matters concerning the League's Premier and Championship Divisions, he is currently also the League's website and administration manager. 
Roger is a retired civil servant, with a background in communications and public relations, and is the club historian of Hull Kingston Rovers RFC. He is married to Kirsty, who accompanies him on his visits to our games, taking photos for our website. Roger's other interests include walking, reading and enjoying good beer with friends. 
Mel Mahmood 
Participation Manager 
Sheffield born and bred, Mel was brought up on the test cricket of the 1980s by a cricket-mad grandad, Frank, a former Shiregreen player, who ignited her initial interest in the sport. 
As YCSPL Participation Manager, Mel's role is to be a focal point on participation within the League, sharing awareness of ECB participation initiatives, forming links with YCB, and gathering knowledge of what our clubs are doing in this area. 
Mel has strong connections to Barnsley; where she worked for many years as a front line police officer, also having family ties there, and to Higham Cricket Club in particular, where the Mahmood family are all active members. 
As a founding member of Higham Ladies softball cricket team, Mel won 'batter-of-the-year' in their first season and fell back in love with the game. From there, she developed a strong desire to promote inclusion for all to the game we love, in all its formats. An ACO ECB Level 2 umpire in the YCSPL, Mel is currently working towards Level 3 accreditation, looking towards further progression as an official. 
In her police career, Mel had an extensive background in child protection and safeguarding, and is currently employed as a housing manager for a non-profit organisation, which houses and supports homeless people with mental health issues. She is married to a cricket-mad husband (luckily!) and they enjoy most sports, particularly horse racing, travel to sunny places and company of friends and family. 
Lindsay Pepper 
Safeguarding Manager 
Lindsay is the League's Safeguarding Manager, having previously worked as assisdtant manager to her predecessor, Maurice Gilliatt. Before that, she served on the SYSCL committee. Her role covers the safeguarding and welfare of officials, members and players within the League.  
Lindsay's other interests in cricket include scoring and the development of junior cricket, and she is the scorer of Rockingham Colliery CC. Lindsay is also on the committee of the Barnsley Junior Cricket league.  
Outside cricket, Lindsay is a call centre administrator for the Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust Embrace Transport Team. Lindsay is also very interested in mental health issues. 
Terry Bateman 
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 advise 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 officiated in club games at a good standard.  
Nelson Windle 
Joint Equity & Diversity Group representative 
Nelson Windle is the regular representative of the League's Equity & Diversity Group on the League Executive Board. He is third team captain at Whitley Hall CC. After spending 14 years at Sheffield Caribbean, he has been with Whitley Hall for the last seven.  
Nelson says that, “I want to make the game I love to be accessible to everyone no matter their race, religion, gender or culture.”  
Off the field, Nelson is an engineer for Sheffield-based B. Braun Medical, one of the world's leading providers and manufacturers of healthcare solutions. Nelson specialises in the repair and maintenance of surgical endoscopes and infusion pumps. His other sporting love is football, and he is a season ticket holder at Bramall Lane. 
Dates of meetings 2024 
Monday 29 January 
Monday 26 February  
Monday 25 March 
Monday 29 April * 
Monday 20 May  
Monday 24 June  
Monday 29 July 
Monday 19 August  
Monday 16 September  
Monday 21 October 
Monday 25 November 
All meetings start at 7.00pm; all by Zoom except in April (*face-to-face) 
Notes of meetings 
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