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Les Platts appointed onto Lancashire cricket board as Red Rose continue rebuilding plans towards Ashes

By Ross McLean

Lancashire County Cricket Club have announced the latest appointment to the Old Trafford hierarchy as their new-look board continues to take shape.

Les Platts, a chartered accountant by trade, is a newly-confirmed non-executive director of the Red Rose club and becomes the second major appointment since the 2012 Annual General Meeting.

The historic April meeting saw Lancashire members vote overwhelmingly to overhaul the club’s governing structure, with an elected committee replaced by a specialist board to run the multi-million pound business.

“I am delighted and honoured to join the Board of Lancashire County Cricket Club, a club I have supported most of my life,” said Platts.

“I am joining at an exciting time in the club’s history with the huge redevelopment under way and an Ashes Test in only a few months time.

“I look forward to contributing to the success of this great club.”

Platts follows in the footsteps of Maurice Watkins CBE who swapped Old Trafford boardrooms in August after spending 28 years as a Manchester United director and board member.

And the new recruit boasts an impressive CV having spent over 30 years with Deloitte, advising at board level on a range of financial, commercial and governance issues.

As Lancashire aim for an immediate return to LV=County Championship Division One, the ongoing redevelopment of Old Trafford continues apace with a first Ashes Test Match since 2005 looming large.

And club chairman Michael Cairns OBE believes Platts is just the man the Red Rose needs to help steer the club through this challenging and exciting period.

“The Board is delighted to welcome Les as a Non-Executive Director,” he said.

“He has a wealth of experience in business and brings key expertise at a crucial time in the redevelopment of Old Trafford.

“He follows the recently-appointed Maurice Watkins onto a dynamic and experienced Board.

“Lancashire Members can be assured that our governing structure is well placed to continue to drive the club forwards into an exciting future.”

Also on the board are president Jack Livingstone, treasurer David Hodgkiss, vice chairman Geoffrey Shindler, Cairns and former Red Rose bowler Paul Allott.

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