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14 Apr

PwC’s Arif Ahmad appointed to Board of the Foundation

PwC’s office senior partner in Leeds, Arif Ahmad, has been appointed to the Board of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF).

The Foundation was set up in 2009 to provide cricket based education and community programmes across Yorkshire. Working with Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and Yorkshire Cricket Board, it aims to make a positive difference in the community and promote Yorkshire’s cricketing heritage.

The Board is chaired by David Gent, who has worked across a range of sports and is Director of Participation for the Rugby Football League, and includes Mark Arthur, the Chief Executive of YCCC, and Robin Smith, Board member and former President and Chairman of YCCC.

Arif’s involvement with YCF builds on his appointment to chair Rich Pyrah’s benefit year at YCCC, which is taking place throughout 2015.

Arif Ahmad, PwC’s office senior partner in Leeds, said:

“Growing up in Yorkshire and being a massive cricket fan, I am excited to have the chance to work with the Foundation. I got a huge amount out of playing cricket throughout school and beyond, so it means a lot that I will be part of something that facilitates ways for children to get involved with such a brilliant sport. Yorkshire is undoubtedly the UK’s biggest cricket playing county with a strong heritage, so I’m proud to work with the Foundation to support grass roots initiatives, as well as get more females into the sport.”

Commenting on Arif’s appointment, David Gent, Chair of YCF, said:

“Arif’s experience on the Board of St Gemma’s Hospice and his passion for Yorkshire and the game of cricket, make him a valuable addition to the YCF Board. With Yorkshire winning the County Championship, and a strong representation of Yorkshire players in the England side, it is an exciting time for cricket in the region so I am delighted to have Arif on board to help build on this momentum.”

Arif has been a Board member of St Gemma’s Hospice since 2012. During this time, he has been involved In a range of activities, including being “arrested and jailed” and taking part in a local fashion show to raise money and awareness of the hospice. The PwC Leeds office also raised over £13,000 for the hospice when it was the office charity of the year in 2014.

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