Giles Clarke CBE, DL - ECB chairman

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Giles Clarke was elected ECB Chairman in September 2007, re-elected in March 2009 and again in March 2012 for a further three years.

The Chairman of Somerset from 2002-2007, he led the successful redevelopment of the County Ground at Taunton and became Chairman of ECB’s Marketing Advisory Committee in 2004, leading the ECB’s broadcast rights negotiations in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

He is also a Director of the International Cricket Council and was appointed Chairman of the ICC’s Pakistan task force in 2010 and Chairman of the ICC Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee in 2012.

An EU 500 Entrepreneur, he founded Majestic Wine in 1981 and built it into a national chain of wine warehouses which was sold for £15 million in 1989. He subsequently co-founded two other major enterprises: Pet City, which became a national chain of 94 stores and was sold for £150 million in 1996; and Safestore PLC, the self-storage company, which was sold for £44 million in 2003. He owns and Chairs a number of private businesses as well as Amerisur Resources plc and Ironveld plc.

From 2002-2007, he was a National Council member of the Learning and Skills Council, which is responsible for all adult learning in the UK other than universities.

Educated at Rugby School and Oriel College, Oxford (MA Persian with Arabic), he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset in 2004. He was awarded a CBE for services to cricket in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2012. He is married with one son and lives in Somerset.

Mr Clarke still plays Club cricket in the West Country and is a member of the XL Club and MCC as well as a number of other wandering cricket clubs.