Members' Advisory Group Selected

11 Apr 2024 | Cricket

We are delighted to announce the selection for the Members' Advisory Group for the upcoming season:

John Noaks – Elected Board Member and Co-Chair

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Rachel Owen – Elected Board Member and Co-Chair

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Nigel Kirby

I have been a member of Glamorgan for almost 30 years and as part of the members advisory group I intend to ensure that the views of all members are represented. As cricket needs to face up to growing challenges with the games structure and finances it is crucial that the membership of Glamorgan have their voice heard to help shape the cricket landscape. It is also important that younger members are able to have their say to ensure that the club retains and grows the number of younger members in the coming years. 

Sarah Kirk

Some of my earliest childhood memories are from attending Glamorgan matches with my parents at Sophia Gardens, St Helens and various out-grounds in the 1970s. I have been a life-long Glamorgan member ever since and have been privileged to share the highs and the lows alongside many loyal and dedicated fans.

The club has a wonderful heritage (well documented thanks to the Museum) and a unique position representing both county and country. 

Ensuring the financial viability of the club is obviously essential to protect the county’s heritage especially the marquee competition of county cricket.  Hosting the Hundred has provided a vital revenue stream for us. It has been great to see a new, diverse fan base attracted to cricket with more focus on the women’s game as well. The club has already undertaken some excellent work on diversity and gender.  We should consider ways that we can welcome a more diverse fan base to all forms of county cricket. 

I believe it is important that the views of all Glamorgan’s members are represented to the Board. Whilst the current members forums offer an opportunity for this, the Members Advisory Group will provide further opportunity to ensure a wider range of members views are constructively represented.

Sue Eilbeck

I've been a member of Glamorgan cricket club for over 40 years & was a representative on the board for 15 years when I decided to stand down. Rachel Owen was then appointed in my place in 2015.

I hope by being a representative on the Management Advisory Group I can be approached at any time with any concerns relating to the club. I will always pass on your views to either Rachel or John.

John Pickering

Having been a member of Glamorgan Cricket for over 50 years I have been through good and not so good times with the club.
During this time I have witnessed and observed different types of management styles and cultures so have gone through quite different levels of enjoyment and unfortunately at times total frustration and not being valued as a member

Gary Hinder

I have been a member for over 50 years and made many friends and enjoyed the company at matches, both home and away. Glamorgan cricket is always in my thoughts & the members are vital for a Club to achieve success and very much needed feedback from members to the officers and committee. If chosen can be found mostly on the Riverside Stand for any discussions. 

David Griffiths

My love affair with Glamorgan started when my father took me to Cardiff Arms Park in the early 60s and I have been present at most of our high points and through the lows. Being at St Helens for the 6 days of beating the Aussies in 64 & 68 remains a highlight for me.

During my nearly 50 years of playing club cricket I have played in many grounds across South Wales while representing Cardiff YMCA, Pontypridd, St Fagans and Cowbridge as well as Cardiff Wanderers in Essex.

I am passionate about the club's present and future and hope to represent you as a member of this new sub-committee. As a former head teacher and advisor to schools I believe I have the skills for the role.

I am a fervent advocate of red ball cricket and organised the members petition against the Strauss review which threatened the county game.

I am a regular contributor at forum meetings and have advocated the need for a members' committee. Having been invited to represent Glamorgan on the national County Cricket Members Group I am well placed to bring good practice from other counties to Glamorgan and vice versa.

I look forward to playing a part in improving communications between the club and its members. I am usually to be found at the river end at Sophia Gardens.


Paul Blackmore

I am 76 years old and have been a Member since 2013 at which time I was able bodied.

I am now fully dependent on a wheelchair having lost both of my legs above the knee.

I have become very aware of the requirements of disabled people and how some able bodied people do not always consider the less fortunate.

I have had arguments with people for standing in my way due to seating arrangements and the situation has become quite unpleasant.

I no longer attend the Hundred, as during my first season the Players Pods were erected in front of the Disabled seats and affected my view although after pointing this out I was given different seats.

I feel frustrated with Disabled areas within the Sophia Gardens stadium and feel that I can have a voice for disabled people, which should make the experience a better one for all members not just able-bodied.

Edward Cooper

I attend a large proportion of County championship fixtures home and away which gives me an experience both locally and externally of the facilities available to members. I also attend one day cup games at Sophia Gardens and Neath. I frequently attend the virtual museum talks. I will happily some time to discussing items which might be improved to enhance a member's experience of Glamorgan CCC. I am active on the committee of St Helen's Balconiers." I am also a member of the Glamorgan Followers. Before retirement spent 35 years with the Natural Environment Research Council providing support services for marine scientists.