AGM: Chairman Buoyed By
Trent Bridge Performance
Featured News | 26th February 2013
Nottinghamshire Chairman Peter Wright commended Chief Executive Lisa Pursehouse for delivering record turnover and a small profit in the wettest summer in living memory during his address at the Club's Annual General Meeting.
The presentations at County Hall gave the Chairman an opportunity to underline his previous comments that Trent Bridge can continue to prosper if members continue to support the Club, ticket buyers continue to enjoy international cricket and the business community continues to forge partnerships with the venue, the professional team and community schemes.
"Questions from the floor included an enquiry as to whether Trent Bridge would ever sell ground naming rights (no), whether the Club would be happy to publish membership figures in the future (yes) and whether the Club was planning to host a Cliff Richard concert in 2013 (no)."
Peter reserved special praise for the Club's local authority partners who continue to contribute to a partnership that has already secured Investec Ashes Test Matches in 2013 and 2015.
"I wish to thank Nottinghamshire County Council for their support of our replay screen project by awarding a grant of £900,000," said Peter.
"In return for part of the funding we have committed to a second Positive Futures programme set to launch in Newark in April which will make a real difference for young people in the area.
"Our reputation for community excellence is an essential part of our strategy and Tracey Francis and her team should be commended for winning the ECB Best Community Scheme Award for the third successive year."
Treasurer Ray Dawson confirmed that the Club had delivered a record turnover thanks to strong ticket sales, healthy membership volume and strong performance from the Club's in-house catering arm.
Club President John Brydon was elected to serve a second year in office whilst Vice-Chairman Richard Tennant made a successful case to modernise the Club's constitution.
It was announced that members' forums would be held on 16 May and 14 August to provide opportunities to put questions to Peter Wright and Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
Newell confirmed that David Hussey or Ed Cowan would be asked to represent the Club during September following the expiry of the initial deals signed by the Australian duo.
Lisa Pursehouse used her strategic update to explain how she hoped to make further investments in technology to ensure that the Club stayed ahead of the competition and remained relevant in a changing landscape.
Head of Community Sport Tracey Francis told the meeting that work to ensure a lasting legacy for the Ashes was on-going with a partnership with the MCC and MCG set to provide several avenues for young people to get involved.
Questions from the floor included an enquiry as to whether Trent Bridge would ever sell ground naming rights (no), whether the Club would be happy to publish membership figures in the future (yes) and whether the Club was planning to host a Cliff Richard concert in 2013 (no).