Richard Goatley, Chief Executive of Middlesex County Cricket Club for the past six years, has stepped down from his role on grounds of ill health. Richard was taken ill suddenly at the start of April since when he has been off work.
Richard has been with the Club for sixteen years having initially joined in 2005 as Head of Finance, becoming Finance Director in 2008, and Chief Operating Officer in July 2015. He took over CEO duties following the resignation of Vinny Codrington in October that same year.
Commenting, he said: ”I am sorry to be leaving Middlesex after sixteen wonderful years but my health and family must come first. It has been a privilege to have been a part of one of cricket’s iconic clubs and I am sure I will remain in contact in future with brilliant colleagues and the many friends I have made during my time at Lord’s. I would like to express my gratitude to the Club Chairman, Mike O’Farrell, for his kindness and understanding during a difficult time.“
The Chairman added: "During his time with us, Richard brought drive and focus to Middlesex Cricket which is best demonstrated by the development of the partnership between the Club and the MCC. We thank him for his service and commitment and wish Richard and his family well on his path back to full health. We hope to see him at future Middlesex matches when he feels able.”
There will now be a recruitment process to identify and appoint a new Chief Executive. During this time Andrew Cornish, former Somerset CEO, will be acting Chief Executive.