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Current Members of the Kent County Cricket Club General Committee:

George M Kennedy CBE (Chairman)

George Kennedy CBE, is a life member of Kent County Cricket Club, having joined in the 1970s, when his business career was with Smiths Industries, a FTSE 100 company. George served as a Main Board Director and Chair of the company’s Medical Division, and during this time he also chaired various Government committees on overseas trade, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.

In 2007, he was invited to become President of Kent County Cricket Club, and the following year he was elected Chairman. Over the last six years, George has been heavily involved in the Club’s redevelopment plan, and he believes that the next few years are critical in bringing the development to fruition. Much has been achieved, and George is keen to see the work is brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

George is totally committed to Kent County Cricket Club, and believes that the Club can look forward to future success, both financially and on the field. 

Mark Baker White

Mark Baker White has been a member of the General Committee since 2005,Management Board Member 2006-10 (disbanded) and Ground Redevelopment Working Party 2006-10.

A Kent Member since 1989 and junior member 1972-78, his direct Forbear helped found the modern Club in 1870.

For the past 27 years, he has been a Partner in his family’s farming and commercial Business, based at Street End which celebrated 150 years in 2010.

Previously worked as a sportswear buyer,a regional manager for an ancillary services company, running all services in the Palace of Westminster and set up a branch of the company in Oman (Brengreen Holdings PLC).

Playing Member of MCC for whom he has played over 150 matches and managed matches for the Club for over ten years and being privileged to play at Lord’s twice.

Went on two senior representative tours for MCC in 1998 and 1999 as well as Channel island tours and to Paris on behalf of the Club.Playing Member of  Cross Arrows CC, Band of Brothers, Free Foresters and Shepway Stragglers CCs.

Committee Member of Stragglers for over 15 years, retiring in 2016. Benevolent Board of the Band of Brothers,retiring in 2015. Chairman of Haileybury Hermits CC,retiring in 2014 after 10 years.

Played cricket in the Surrey Premier League for Sutton and in Kent League for Gore Court, U19 Rugby and Cricket for Herts. Hoppers Tie Club Member. Kent CLA Committee Member for 15 years, retiring in 2015, Policy Committee Member for 6 years, Vice Chairman Kent Branch for two years.Interests include most sports, particularly rugby, football, golf and skiing. Also interested in current affairs, history, agriculture and the countryside.

John L Clark

John Clark was born in Gillingham, raised on Romney Marsh and educated at Ashford Grammar School. He is a retired Police Inspector. Having served in the Metropolitan Police for over 30 years, he was involved in the planning and policing of national and public events including sport, e.g. Test matches at Lord’s. A player of recreational cricket, he has been a member of Kent County Cricket Club since 1967, and a Life Member since 1992.

He continues to follow Kent Cricket home and away throughout the summer and to take an interest in security and safety at sports grounds. Elected since 2007 to the General Committee and is a member of the remuneration sub-committee.

Richard E C Collins (Vice Chairman)

Richard Collins is a retired Consultant Surgeon and former Senior Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons. Honorary Medical Officer to Kent County Cricket Club from 1982 to 2011. Life Member of Kent County Cricket Club. Member of the Committee since 1999, Club President in 2005. Member of Ground Development sub-Committee. Chaired Kent Cricket Appeal 2000, raising over £100,000. Played Club Cricket for Buckhurst Hill Cricket Club in Essex before moving to live and work in Kent in 1976. Member of MCC since 1964, represented them against Canada at Lord's in 1969.

Graham Johnson (Chairman of Cricket)

Graham was born in Beckenham, Kent, and made his first class debut for the county in 1965. He was a key player throughout Kent's 'glory years' of the 1970's. He played 376 first class matches for Kent, scoring 12.509 runs (11 hundreds and 13 fifties), and took 560 wickets (including five wickets in an innings on 23 occasions).

He also played 302 one-day matches, amassing 5,666 runs and taking 104 wickets. He was capped in 1970.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, he enjoyed a corporate career with Barclays Bank, Save and Prosper, Flemings, Egg PLC and Prudential PLC before running his own company TAL Talent Ltd - a specialist search, recruitment, assessment and people development company. 

He has been a supporter of The Lord's Taverners for many years both as a member of the Cricket Committee and player until his body told him enough was enough.  He has also been a leading light in Kent's own Hoppers' Tie Club, and became Kent Cricket's Chairman of Cricket in 2004. In February 2014, Graham was named Kent County Cricket Club President for 2014.


Ben Moorhead

Ben Moorhead DL, is a solicitor and partner with Hewitson Moorhead with offices in London, Cambridge, Northampton and Milton Keynes. He wants to see the Club grow from a sound financial base and grow on the field.

On the General Committee of the Club since 2010. Overviews legal issues as needed. He is a director of British Universities and Colleges Sport, The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association and British Blind Sport, all national governing dodies.
He is a Trustee of Regain the National Trust for Sports Tetraplegics. He is a National Trustee of L’Arche UK (helping those with mental impairment) and Chairman of the L’Arche Development Council.
He is also a Trustee of The Mountbatten Memorial Trust; a Trustee of The Canterbury Cathedral  Trust; Chairman of the Wye Future Group (environmental); a Governor of Wellesley House School and on the Finance Committee of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
In 2015 appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Kent. Member of MCC and Shepway Stragglers. Played School Cricket and for Mersham Le Hatch. Plays golf as a member of Royal St George’s and Rye.

Simon Philip (Honorary Treasurer)

Simon Philip is a Life Member of the Club.  He played for St Lawrence & Highland Court Cricket Club for 15 years and was also the Club’s Treasurer.  He is a Member of several leading wandering cricket clubs, including MCC.  Simon was formerly a partner in two major international accounting firms, latterly Deloitte.  He was Chief Executive of a Deloitte subsidiary company and author of several books on personal finance.  He is currently a Trustee of The Allergy Research Foundation and Chairman of The Kent Trust for Youth Sport.  He became Honorary Treasurer on 1st September 2009.

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan Rice has been a Member of Kent County Cricket Club for about 25 years, member of General Committee since 2004. On Audit and Remuneration Committees. Consultant and trainer/coach specialising in cross-cultural communication and strategic change. 2006/08 National Chairman of The Lord’s Taverners cricket charity. Trustee of Brian Johnston Memorial Trust. Member of M.C.C., served on their Arts and Library Committee 2003 - 2011; Trustee and playing member of Saltwood Cricket Club (KVL Div 3; HS 65 v Great Chart, BB 7 for 10 v Newington, both many years ago); author of over 50 books, on cricket, golf, popular music, television sitcoms and business in Japan, among other things. Jonathan is also Chairman of Kent County Cricket Club's Heritage Group.

Jonathan Rice lives in Saltwood, near Hythe.

John Shepherd

Born in St Andrew, Barbados and spotted by Les Ames and Colin Cowdrey while playing for a Barbados 'B' Team against The Rothmans Cavaliers in 1956, and invited to join Kent. Qualified for Kent in 1965 and 1966 while playing for St Lawrence & Higland Court CC. Played for Kent from 1967 - 1981 before moving to Gloucestershire CCC for the 1982 - 1984 seasons.

Appointed Coach at Gloucestershire 1985 - 1989. Represented Barbados in The Shell Shield Cricket compeition and played 5 test Matches for the West Indies; represented Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe in the Currie Cup in 1975; also played Grade cricket in Melbourne, Australia, for Footscray Edgewater CC, winning the coveted Ryder Medal in 76/77 season. Appointed Cricket Professional at Eastbourne College in Sussex 1991-1998, before taking up a post in Antigua as the ICC Development Manager for the Americas; also worked for a Travel company escorting clients on England cricket tours. Appointed President of Kent County Cricket Club in 2011, the highlight of his career.

Derek Taylor 

Life member and life-long supporter of Kent County Cricket Club. Co-opted to the Committee in 2010 for three years and elected in 2014. A qualified accountant who retired as an Executive Director of Halifax Building Society in 1996.

Served as a Director of a professional football club for 19 years, including three years in the Premier League.  Member of the Lord’s Taverners, the recognised official charity for recreational cricket for more than 20 years, and Chair of the Yorkshire Region for eight years.

Served for six years as Vice Chair of Sports Coach UK, a charity charged with helping those in sport recruit, develop and retain the coaches they need to achieve their sports participation and performance goals.  Chair of the trading subsidiary, Coachwise, since 1996 during which time profits of more than £8million have been covenanted to the parent charity.

Derek Barnard (co-opted member)

Derek Barnard born in Gillingham in 1944 and educated at Gillingham Technical High School, St Luke's College Exeter and University of London. Holds degrees in Education and Geography. Retired from 41 years of teaching in 2006 having been Headmaster of Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys from 1988 to 2006.

Played his first game of men's cricket at the age of ten( no helmets then) and has continued to play since. As he lives in Sussex he has to play Over 60's and Over 70's cricket for Sussex. Has been Chairman of the East Sussex Cricket League since 1996 and was Chairman of The Cricket Society from 2008 to 2012. Ha s been Vice-Chairman of Kent County Cricket Supporters Club since 2008.Saw his first Kent game at Canterbury in 1955 when the County entertained South Africa. Has written two books on cricket and is an avid collector of cricket books , especially Wisden. Has supported Gillingham Football Club through the highs and lows since 1952.

Married to Sheila and they have three grown up children and six grandchildren. Never a dull moment in his life.

David Turner

David Turner was a mathematics teacher in charge of cricket and rugby at two Kent grammar schools before becoming a founding director of a company building information systems. On retiring in 2002 he taught part time at a secure establishment for 12 to 17 years old young people. He has been a councillor in Gravesham Borough since 1976 and was Mayor in 1986.

He refereed rugby for over fifty years, at all levels below international and coached and selected various county and international youth teams over several decades. He has served on the committee of Kent Schools’ RFU since 1967 and is its Senior Vice President and Executive Administrator. In 2012 he was appointed Chairman of England Rugby (Schools) Governance Committee.

He played cricket for Bexley, Beckenham, Dartford and Gravesend, is a playing member of MCC and played for Kent 2nd XI. He has served in various coaching and administrative roles in Kent Schools’ Cricket since 1967 and is currently its President. He selected and coached English Schools’ regional and national teams at Under 15 and Under 18 levels and was Chairman of English Schools’ Cricket Association in 1988 and of the South Region from 1996 to 2001.

He worked within Kent County Cricket Club, under Colin Page, coaching aspiring young players and young professionals. From 1967 to 2002 he coached Kent’s Under 15 to Under 18 county teams. He has served on Kent Cricket Board (now Kent Cricket Community Group) from its inception and on Kent County Cricket Club General Committee, as a co-opted member, from 1979 until 2002 and from 2013. He is currently Chairman of the Pathway Group, which is responsible for the planning and delivery of programmes to identify and develop young talent.