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Phillip Hodson, a Yorkshire businessman and former Cambridge blue, will serve as the next president of MCC.

In assuming office for a one-year term starting on October 1, Hodson will become only the fourth president to hail from Yorkshire in MCC's long history, and the first for 50 years since Sir William Worsley served in 1961.

The announcement was made today by Christopher Martin-Jenkins, the current incumbent, during the club’s annual general meeting at Lord’s.

Martin-Jenkins said: “I believe that Phillip Hodson will become only the fourth president in a very long line to be what one might call Yorkshire through and through, and he follows three very distinguished presidents indeed in Lord Hawke, Sir Stanley Jackson and Sir William Worsley.

“But for so great a cricketing county you might think only three MCC presidents a rather scant representation.”

An opening batsman, Hodson won a blue for Cambridge in 1972. By the time that he played in the 1973 University match against Oxford he had scored a first-class century and taken six wickets against Kent and become a regular Yorkshire 2nd XI all-rounder.

Hodson made a century in his second qualifying match for MCC in 1977, and was elected as a member two years later. He has played over 300 games in total and represented the club on several tours.

He joined the Players and Fixtures sub-committee in 1987, became chairman of that committee in 1993 and continued to serve on it until 2000.

He has spent 11 years on the main committee, five on Membership and General Purposes committee and now stands on the Cricket committee and the Youth sub-committee.

Starting out in a small business in 1977, Hodson went on to become chief executive of The Oval group, the biggest privately owned corporate insurance brokers in the UK, now employing over 1,200 people. The Oval group currently sponsors Leicestershire and Durham MCCU.

“Phillip is a man greatly respected by everyone who knows him and who has worked with him at MCC, and he has already been a great servant of this club,” added Martin-Jenkins.

“It is my great pleasure to nominate him as President of MCC for 2011-12.”

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