Charles Clark looking forward to his new role
Charles Clark is relishing the prospect of becoming Chairman of Somerset County Cricket Club later this month when Andy Nash steps down to take on a new role at the ECB.
Mr Clark will be no stranger to Somerset supporters because he is a regular at the Cooper Associates on match days. He is also regularly seen at the Club running charity auctions.
“For someone like me who is passionate about Somerset, it’s a dream post to be able to take on,” he said. “My grandparents farmed at Wedmore and I was born in Somerset. My mother has followed the cricket since the late 1930s and has been a Member ever since.
“When I was growing up, we used to get taken to watch Somerset playing at Weston-super-Mare so it has always been in my blood and it’s a great honour to become Chairman of the Club.”
Mr Clark also recalled his first visit to the Taunton to watch Somerset play.
“My father was an auctioneer in Taunton Market and he brought me across to my first ever game at the County Ground,” he said. “That was in July 1967 when we were playing Pakistan. That year my Grandfather gave me my first ever Wisden and I have got every year since then.”
Regarding the job that he is stepping up to at the AGM in January, he said: “Having been on the committee since 2010, I feel that it is a job I can cope with as I have been involved with the management of the Club since then.
“I feel that I am an approachable and available person, having come from a private client background and I can read a balance sheet- which is also important!
“This is an exciting time at Somerset with a new Chief Executive, Director of Cricket, Head Coach and me as Chairman. All of us have a long association with the Club and are passionate about it.
“Since they were appointed I have been really impressed by the way that Lee Cooper and Andy Hurry have gone about their business. They are both highly professional, committed and good to work alongside. They are two very impressive individuals.
“The crowds at Taunton are brilliant and over the last couple of seasons in particular we have seen some great cricket.”
Charles also talked about the wider implications of his role as Chairman.
“I recently had my first meeting at Lord’s,” he said. “I was left in no doubt that my duties extend beyond the parishes of this county and embrace cricket as a whole.
“We do need to get young supporters in to watch cricket and the Ashes crowds demonstrate that there is an appetite for the longer and more absorbing game that we should not ignore.
“Another aspect of the game that I have been delighted about is the part that Somerset has played in the development of International and regional women’s cricket, which has been superbly showcased at The Cooper Associates County Ground recently and is a tremendous addition to Somerset’s history and future.
“The Membership at Somerset is a very important part of the Club. The Chairman is a person who people can come and have a chat with about all aspects of the Club and I need to know personally so that I can tell the ECB that I talk on behalf of my Members.”
“The greatest satisfaction in the role will be seeing good young local players and Academy players thrive. At Somerset we have some outstanding prospects from England Under 19 level upwards, so there are exciting times ahead!
“Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be Chairman of Somerset County Cricket Club when they first win the Specsavers County Championship.”Back to News