Light switches off
Gloucestershire chairman John Light is to step down after three years in the role.
Light, who succeeded Ray Parsons, will be 70 next birthday and has decided not seek re-election when the club holds its annual meeting in January.
"After listening to my doctor's advice, I have decided to step aside and allow someone else to take up the challenge," he said.
"The role of a county chairman increasingly carries greater demands. The nature of the role is changing and we need someone who can help generate the finance needed to realise our excellent plans for the ground."
Light's tenure has seen a revival of Gloucestershire's fortunes through the appointments of John Bracewell as director of cricket and Alex Gidman as captain.
The club's policy of developing its own young players is also paying dividends, with David Payne, Chris Dent and Jack Taylor all recognised by England Under-19s.
"I feel we now have some really good people looking after our cricket," added Light. "For England to show interest in our young players is extremely gratifying and something which simply would not have happened a few years ago.
"I believe firmly that we now have the structure in place to take Gloucestershire forward in the future, both on and off the field."