Meet the team
Meet the amazing people at the LCCC Foundation who all contribute to providing positive experiences through the delivery of a range of health, education, community cohesion and cricket development projects, programmes and events designed to inspire communities through cricket.
James Sheridan is one of the North West’s leading deals lawyers, having advised on many of the region’s best known transactions. He is a partner at business law firm Turner Parkinson in Manchester. A member of Lancashire CCC since 1989, James is passionate about cricket and youth sport in general. James lives in Hale, Cheshire and is married to Sarah, who runs her family’s farming business. Together with his children Laurie and Ben , James actively follows cricket, rugby, football, tennis, horse racing and golf.
David Hodgkiss has been connected with LCCC for over 25 years and in that time has served on the Club's Committee, firstly as a Member of the General Committee, and then as the Hon. Treasurer and currently as the Vice Chairman. A keen lover of cricket, he has devoted a lot of his time and professional business expertise to the County on the Club's Board. David is CEO of Bury based William Hare, which manufactures steel products globally and he has recently been awarded an OBE for his services to manufacturing and export
Lee Morgan is the Finance Director and Secretary of Lancashire County Cricket Club having previously worked as a qualified chartered accountant and auditor with international firm Deloitte. As well as being responsible for all financial matters at LCCC, Lee was heavily involved in securing funds and project managing the Club's recent multi million pound redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford. A keen Liverpool FC fan, Lee is also very passionate about cricket.
Mark Chilton is a former LCCC player who represented the club between 1997-2011. A former Captain, he led the team to the 2nd division championship in 2005 and came within a whisker of winning the outright County Championship in 2006. He made up for that by being part of the squad that achieved this feat in 2011, the first time in 76 years! After scoring well over 13,000 runs for Lanashire, Mark decided to retire following the championship victory in 2011, to take up a post as Director of Cricket at his old school Manchester Grammar. He recently returned to a professional coaching role at Emirates Old Trafford following the departure of Peter Moores and now forms a part of coaching team.
Sandy joined the LCCC Foundation as Head of Community Development in February 2013 having spent the majority of the previous 10 years working in variety of roles for County Durham Sport in the North East of England. Sandy brings with him a strong background in partnership working as well as significant experience of leading high performing teams in the development and implementation of a wide range of sport, physical activity and community development projects, programmes and events. When not working Sandy spends his spare time ferrying his 3 daughters to various sporting activities and loves to keep active by walking his dog and running up and down the (steep!!!) hills of Saddleworth where he lives. He is also an active member of the Saddleworth Village Olympics, helping to provide sporting opportunities for the young people of the area.
Ian joined the LCCC Foundation as Education Manager in September 2012 after many years of teaching Physical Education and Sport in both schools and colleges. Ian organises lots of inspirational educational opportunities at Emirates Old Trafford for both primary and secondary school children. Outside of work Ian’s spare time is usually spent helping his son to fulfil his busy social and sporting diary. Ian is also a season ticket holder at Man City.
Please contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary is the Promotions Manager for the Lottery Team within the Foundation, he leads on all the Lottery Team events and the prize draws which take place at each cricket game. Gary went from pitch to outfield when he joined the Club in 1994, as his previous role was with Bolton Wanderers Football Club. Gary still follows Bolton and is a season ticket holder. In his spare time he enjoys playing five a side football and spending time with his family.
Business Support Officer
Maggie joined the Foundation in Feb 2013 on a 12 Month Maternity cover contract and is still here nearly 3 years later!! She was previously working for Bupa for 20 years as a PA to department heads. After taking redundancy, Maggie took a career break for 3 years to care in the community, which she found challenging yet very rewarding. Maggie’s role is the administration of the Friends of the Foundation Lottery, dealing with Charity requests and the business support for the team including the social media aspects of the department. Maggie is married with 2 children enjoys spending her spare time (what’s that?!) going to concerts and shows.
Did you know… Maggie has met and had dinner with one of Elvis Presley’s Bodyguards Sonny West.
Gordon has worked for the Lottery Team since 2007 and hails from sunny Blackpool with a history of working in retail and the charity sector. Gordon’s role in the Lottery Team is to promote and attract new members to the Lancashire Line Scheme.
Did you know… Gordon is almost Royal! He was once invited for Afternoon Tea at Arundel Castle by the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk.
Assistant to the Promotions Manager
After being invited for an interview on the first day of the England v India Test Match in 1990, Amanda was offered the job and never left! She has worked in various departments before joining up with Gary Porter to help launch the Lancashire Line Weekly Draw in 1994. As well as the day to day running of the Weekly Draw, Amanda’s role involves the administration of the Lottery Team’s various other activities including Match Day Draw’s, Summer & Christmas Draw’s plus Sporting Dinners and Cricket Lunches. Amanda’s two children Jake and Ava keep her busy in her spare time.
Did you know… Amanda likes to mingle with the famous, she was once presented with some flowers by Sir Alex Ferguson and has had dinner with John Major.
Karen joined the cricket club in 1990 as part of the accounts team. This included many various roles at the cricket ground, even working on admission turnstiles at busy match days. After 12 years in the accounts department joined the lottery team where she continues in an accounting role. Before working at the cricket club worked in retail and for the Inland Revenue. Karen is married and has two children and likes to spend any spare time with her family.
Did you know… Karen’s daughter, as a baby, appeared in the club’s souvenir shop brochure, modelled baby clothes…..
Stan joined the Lottery Team in April 2014 as a Support Worker. Stan’s role changed and he is now a collector for our Lottery team. Stan enjoys golf and football, is married with two children and has a grandson.
Did you know… Stan’s late uncle Ken Pegg was reserve goalkeeper for Manchester United in 1948.
Bev works as a Collector for the Lancashire Line Scheme in the Lottery Team. Bev had her own business until 2010 where she was a sports field construction and drainage design consultant. Her company constructed and drained hundreds of football pitches and golf courses.
Did you know... Her partner Nigel Wood played for LCCC when he was younger.
Senior Project Activator
Howard joined in May 2014 to lead on the Foundation’s community cohesion project, Sporting Foundations for Life. Having worked for over 14 years in physical education and school sport development in Salford and Trafford, he brought with him a wealth of local, regional and national contacts and knowledge. As a qualified secondary science teacher he’s also experienced the trials and tribulations of working with young people on a daily basis. He’s married and, although he has no children, being Chairman of and player for Old Mancunians AFC means he is used to dealing with grown men acting as babies and grumbling teenagers. He manages to pack some non-sport related activity into his life at times, including supporting Everton.
Did you know… if he had been born 3 days later he’d have been named David after the patron saint of his home country, Wales. With his dad also with that name, a future career in music may have been more fitting for him as DJ the DJ!
Multi Sport Leader
Rachael is a new member to the team joining the foundation this year, working for sf4l as a multi sports leader. Her role is to get more 14-25 year olds engaged in sport or physical activity. Before coming here Rachael lived and worked for 8 months as a soccer coach in the Gold Coast Australia, also out there she played for the local football team which reached the league final, in her spare time she did have time to travel and spent new year’s eve in Sydney. In her spare time Rachael play and coach for Stockport County Ladies football club. She has been at the club for 10 years playing for the different levels, working her way up to the 1st team before moving to Australia. She still plays within the club. Rachael has also coached in the girls section for the past 5 years working with the u10’s and still working with the same group today splitting them into two teams u13’s and u15’s.
Did you know... In 1999 Rachael witnessed the launch of the shuttle Columbia which had the first female commander Eileen Collins. It disintegrated in 2003.
Community Project Officer
Kay initially joined Lancashire County Cricket Club in 2004 in the accounts team. After a few years she decided she had a love for working with children rather than figures and was given the opportunity to work within the Foundation Kay now runs the Foundation’s Inclusive Arts Group which has been a great success and a lot of fun for those involved, a project that runs throughout the season teaching healthy lifestyles and lots of other different sessions when available The Foundation has helped Kay gain new qualifications and she looks forward to working on more exciting projects in the future.
Did you know… Kay used to have piano lessons and reached Grade 4 and got distinctions at every level and also played at the Royal Northern College and Cheethams School of music.
Activity Leader and Foundation Young Ambassador
Natasha was recruited as the Foundations Young Ambassador and our first ever Apprentice in August 2012. Her role in the Foundation is to help teach different sports within local schools in the community to encourage children to get involved in volunteering and to lead healthier lifestyles. Natasha has also worked with the Lancashire Cricket Board coaches learning how to teach and coach cricket and disability cricket. Natasha also teaches other sports including Thai-boxing as she is also a World Champion in this sport.
Did you know… Natasha has 3 horses called Heather, Misty and Winston and competes in Dressage in her spare time.
Events and Fundraising Manger
Jayne joined the LCCC Foundation in May 2014 and has worked in various roles in the charity sector, including Cancer Research UK and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Jayne organised the first ever Cancer Research UK evening walking marathon, Shine in 2010 along with many of the North West Race for Life events, raising over £3.5m in her 8 years at the charities. Cricket has also been part of her working life, having previously worked with former LCCC player, Neil Fairbrother whilst working for Andrew Fintoff’s Children’s Charity. Before joining the charity sector, Jayne managed pubs and restaurants starting her hospitality career at Boddingtons Brewery in Manchester city centre.
Jayne is responsible for managing the various fundraising events and initiatives within the foundation and can be contacted at email@example.com
I played cricket as a youngster and I'm a big sports fan in general. I recently moved to Manchester and wanted to support my local cricket club to get young people inspired and involved with cricket so I was delighted to be an Ambassador for the Foundation. To see the number of projects the Foundation delivers is amazing; hopefully over the coming months and years the whole community will be involved and it's great I can be a part of that.
MP for Leigh and Shadow Home Secretary
As someone who was involved in Lancashire cricket as a youngster, it is a great honour for me to serve as an Ambassador. It is good to see cricket giving back to the community and I am proud to give the Foundation my full support.
Coronation Street actor
Working as an Ambassador for LCCC Foundation is an honour. Any time the Foundation ask me to get involved I jump at the chance, it's great to see all the amazing work that they deliver and the positive impact they have on the community.
Lancashire and England
I am delighted to act as an Ambassador for the LCCC Foundation. The work they do with schools and communities is second to none and I am proud to be associated with an organisation committed to making a difference.
I am delighted to become an Ambassador for the LCCC Foundation. I’m looking forward to working with the other Ambassadors and the team to support the work of the Foundation and I’ll do whatever I can to help. And of course, if I get to watch a bit of cricket on the way, then that is a bonus!
LCCC Ladies Player
I'm really honoured to be an Ambassador for the LCCC Foundation. The work they do in communities around Lancashire is really inspiring and it makes me proud that it is all connected through the sport I love to play.
Retired LCCC Player
I wanted to be an Ambassador to help spread the work of the Foundation to people and places who wouldn't normally be associated with cricket. You get to do a lot of great things playing cricket but the work of the Foundation is most important, especially when you see younger people being involved in projects and activity that they wouldn't have normally engaged in.
Radio 5 live presenter
I am delighted and proud to be a Foundation Ambassador. It goes without saying about the importance of sport in our lives, particularly for young people. That's why the work of the Foundation is something I am thrilled to be associated with.
Ex LCCC Vice Captain
I'm thrilled to join the other first team players in becoming a Foundation Ambassador. It's great to see young people learning the importance of healthy lifestyles and exercise. I recently attended a Healthy Hearts workshop and saw how much the project meant to the children who were taking part, I'm hoping I can see more of the Foundations projects first-hand and give my support as I work closer with them in my role.
Football manager, player and pundit
As a proud Lancastrian I am delighted to be involved with LCCC Foundation which does such sterling work in the community, especially with schools and young people in general. As an Ambassador of this great organisation it's an important we keep making a difference in a positive manner.
Assistant Coach of Valencia
I’m really excited to be joining the LCCC Foundation as an Ambassador. I have always loved Cricket and I have a huge affinity towards the Club from my time playing here as a youngster. I’m looking forward to working with the Foundation to encourage more young kids to get involved in what is a great sport.
Sgt Rick Clement
Sgt Rick Clement
Former Infantry Sergeant
It is an honour to be an ambassador for the LCCC Foundation. I am proud to be part of a team that makes such a huge difference to schools and individuals in the community. I look forward to helping continue their fantastic work and raising valuable funds to assist them.
LCCC first team player
As an Ambassador and player it's great that I can help promote the benefits of cricket and the work of the Foundation to the community. I feel it is important that young people are at the heart of the Foundation and the Club and it's great that the Foundation gives them a voice. It's fantastic to be able to give back to the community through my work as an Ambassador, I really enjoyed our visit to Wood Street Mission and I'm really keen to be involved longer term in more of the Foundations projects.
CEO of Heart Valve Voice
Wil Woan runs his own funding consultancy that looks after several elite athlete foundations and a range of charitable organisations within the sports sector. He is also CEO of Heart Valve Voice a charity that supports people with heart valve disease across the UK. He spent over a decade working for the largest lottery distributor as an assessor, outreach officer and policy manager. He is a life-long Lancashire Cricket fan and a Preston North End supporter.
Assistant Publishing Editor and writer
Chris Ostick is Assistant Publishing Editor and cricket writer at the Manchester Evening News, where he has worked for the last 16 years. He has covered Lancashire for the paper since 2006 and reported some of the biggest stories in the club's history, including the 2011 County Championship win. He also co-wrote a book chronicling that historic season. A sports fan from a young age and a former Lancashire junior member, Chris graduated from Coventry University and worked as a reporter on the Buxton Advertiser, Sale and Altrincham Messenger and Derby Evening Telegraph before joining the M.E.N. in 2000 as a sub-editor on what is one of the busiest regional sports desk in the country. Two years later he became Assistant Sports Editor and in 2006 combined the role with that of cricket writer covering Lancashire and England. Since 2014, Chris has been Assistant Publishing Editor, playing a role in the drive to the MEN becoming a digital first company as well as regularly editing the paper and being part of the management team which oversees the company's print publications.
Health improvement specialist
Liz Johnston is a health improvement specialist with Bolton Council, working in their Public Health department. Liz has over ten years’ experience in public health, previously working with Salford Council project managing a Smoke Free Homes project before moving on to Bolton Council where she took on a tobacco control role. Liz also completed a Master’s in Public Health at Salford University in 2013. Liz is passionate about improving health inequalities and about getting more children and particularly girls , involved with sport. Liz is also a parental advisor for British Tennis. Liz lives in Bolton and spends her free time playing tennis or taking her children to their cricket, netball and tennis practise.
Green End Primary Headmaster
Jeff Harriott is the Head of School at Green End Primary in Burnage, Manchester, where he has been since 2010. In that time he has seen the school go from strength to strength, culminating in the school achieving outstanding status in all areas from Ofsted in July 2015 and being named primary school of the year at the 2016 Manchester Evening News Greater Manchester School Awards. He believes passionately in the role sport has to play in education to help change lives.
Local Relations and Relationship Manager at Sport England
Ben has worked in the public sector for 30 years. Previously a senior officer in Local Government and currently working for Sport England sport and physical activity development has been ever present throughout his career. Ben is passionate about the difference sport can make to people’s lives and still plays most sports (when the body allows!) including ‘social’ cricket. Ben recently established Buxton Basketball Club and the Peak & Plains Basketball League and is entering the 11th and final season of coaching his son’s Football team.
Jimmy Smallwood is the communications officer for the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), based in Manchester, and a freelance sports reporter and journalist. Across a varied career in comms, television, radio and online Jimmy has covered Test series, top flight football fixtures and Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. He strengths include press release and article composition and dissemination, social media and comms management. Outside of work Jimmy plays for Edgworth CC Tavs near Bolton and enjoys the cinema, theatre and walking.
Head of Partnerships and Communities at Trafford Council
Kerry Purnell has spent most of her career to date in public service. Initially in the police force Kerry finished her career as a Chief Inspector, District Commander for East Brighton, working closely with local residents and community groups to improve perceptions of crime and community safety and address inequalities that existed across the city. After 3 years running an international bistro in a rural mountain village in Southern Spain, she returned to the UK to take up a career in local government. Kerry currently works as Head of Partnerships and Communities at Trafford Council with her wide portfolio including crime and community safety, leading the Trafford Partnership as well as heading up the arts, culture, sports and physical activity agendas for the Council. She has excellent knowledge and connections across Trafford and wants to support the Foundation in maximising its impact in the local area. Outside of work Kerry is a keen sports woman, she ran the Manchester Marathon this year and is currently back in training for triathlon events next year. She understands the power sport can play and has supported her own children to achieve good standards in their chosen sports and has seen the personal skills and attributes they have developed through their participation in competitive sport.