Head of Operations appointed
Paul Bedford has recently been appointed by the England and Wales Cricket Board as the new Head of Operations for non-first-class cricket and since taking over the role has spent much of the time meeting with stakeholders.
Bedford succeeded Frank Kemp, who has retired after being involved since the creation of the ECB in 1997. Bedford has already been involved in a number of discussions with umpires and scorers, minor counties, premier leagues and development teams.
Working closely with Mike Gatting, Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships, his role is to manage all operations that exist outside of the first-class game and compliment the work being done to raise standards across all levels of cricket in England and Wales.
Gatting said: “It has been a busy time since I started at the ECB listening to a wide range of views and opinions on how to improve all cricket in this country and with Paul joining it has been beneficial to have two perspectives coming from the outside to consider the way forward.”
Prior to joining the ECB, Bedford was chairman of the Shepherd Neame Surrey Championship, a trustee on the Surrey Cricket Board, an MCC Tours Committee member and Area Representative. His skills have been developed in a variety of roles and organisations; working in national roles with British Gas, as a commercial contracts manager and training manager as well as Beachcomber Tours, a tour operator, which specialises in Mauritius and Southern Africa.
Bedford’s club cricket playing credentials were established when playing as a colt for Cranleigh Cricket club on the Surrey/Sussex border. The local club, steeped in tradition, played against clubs in the Northern League and in south Wales, providing him with an invaluable insight into how cricket is perceived differently around the country. He also played for and captained Wimbledon, MCC and in the Club Cricket Conference.
More recently he has been involved with coaching rather than playing as he managed Kent Under-17’s and several successful Bromley District age group sides in 2007.