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5 Apr

YCF announces Chair and Independent Director to Board

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Chair and introduction to a new role with the Board of Trustees.

YCF welcomes Caroline Darnbrook as the new chair of its Board of Trustees, from Friday, 18 March 2022.

Caroline has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic marketing, communications, business and finance and is currently the Head of Marketing and Brand at Leeds-based StepChange Debt Charity.

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Her previous leadership roles include Director of products and marketing at Darlington Building Society where she was named Marketing Director of the Year at the North East Marketing Awards in 2018.

Prior to this Caroline spent 15 years working for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks in a variety of leadership positions. She was responsible for the cricket partnerships they participated in, including the domestic T20 competition, the Clydesdale Bank 40 and their ambassador programme, which was designed to support local communities.

Caroline, who has been a Board member since 2019, replaces Robin Smith, following his retirement from the Board in December last year.

Caroline said: “I am honoured to be selected as the new Chair of the Trustee Board of Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

“Since the launch of the Foundation in 2012, it has been wonderful to look back on the remarkable evolution of the organisation and see the increased positive impact YCF has had in communities year on year.

“I very much look forward to working with Will Saville, the Managing Director of the Foundation, the entire YCF team, and all our partners to deliver against our bold strategy for maximising impact and growth.

“Our aim is to continue to be the best in class, working in our region to deliver critical programmes under the themes of education, heritage, participation and health and wellbeing.”

Since the launch of the Foundation in 2012, it has been wonderful to look back on the remarkable evolution of the organisation and see the increased positive impact YCF has had in communities year on year – Caroline Darnbrook, Chair of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

Caroline added: “Through these programmes we create a community without boundaries, while tackling some of the most important issues that people face.

“Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is at an exciting time in its development. As the widespread benefits of endorsing health and wellbeing, participation, education and heritage for the region become clearer and clearer, we are extraordinarily well positioned to continue to help improve the lives of people now and in the years to come.”

The Foundation also welcomes Colin Philpott as the newly appointed Senior Independent Director to the Board of Trustees.

Colin, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the media industry, and joined the Board in 2017 will work closely with the Chair, while providing independent support to the Board.

“Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is at a really exciting stage in its development using the power of sport to improve lives across Yorkshire. As the Foundation develops and expands, we need to make sure it is managed and governed to the highest possible standards and that it is a fully inclusive and welcoming organisation for all,” Colin said.

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Colin will take particular responsibility for ensuring the good governance of the Foundation as well as providing advice and support to the Chair. He will also continue to take a particular interest in the heritage work of the Foundation which manages the Yorkshire Cricket Archive and runs the Museum at Headingley.

Colin’s previous leadership roles include Director of the National Media Museum in Bradford and Head of BBC Yorkshire. Colin was also Chair of the Yorkshire Film Archive for ten years.

Will Saville, the Managing Director for YCF, said: “The announcement of Caroline as Chair and Colin in a new role as Senior Independent Director are key appointments within the Board.

“The Foundation have hugely ambitious plans for this year and beyond and Caroline and Colin, alongside our Board of Trustees, YCF team, volunteers and partners, will play an essential role in delivering our aims.”

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