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Board of Directors

Meet the LCB Board of Directors.

Bob Hinchliffe (Chairman)

Current Chairman of the Lancashire Cricket Board and the LCB Recreational Committee since his appointment at the 2014 AGM. Appointed Director of LCB in 2012 and Vice-Chairman in 2011.

As a cricketer, Bob started playing at Stand Grammar School and played for over 30 years in the Lancashire County League (formerly the Lancashire & Cheshire League). Played for Lancashire & Cheshire League representative team and have been Secretary of the above two leagues since 1987. Also Secretary / Treasurer of the Lancashire Inter League Knockout Competition since 1987. Gained Level 2 Coaching Qualification and is a Level 1 Umpire. Ex captain of Prestwich Cricket Club and current Vice-Chairman of the Club.


Bill Robinson (Hon Treasurer & Secretary)

Bill has been the LCB Honorary Treasurer since the Board was formed in 1996 and has overseen its growth in turnover from a few thousand pounds to over £1m in the last few years. He is a qualified accountant and in his working life he was the Director of Finance for South Ribble Borough Council for the last 13 years of his career, and previously held senior financial posts with four local authorities in the North West. He has extensive experience of dealing with Government departments and agencies and was a financial advisor to the North West Sports Council for a number of years, and Vice Chairman of its Grants committee. Since retiring he served as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS for nine years.  He has been a Trustee and Director of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum for over 25 years and for 12 years was its Company Secretary.

He has spent many years coaching juniors at club level and holds the original MCC coaching certificate. He is a former player having started at Preston CC, followed by a short spell at Chorley CC, before moving to live on the Fylde coast and playing for Fylde CC for over 30 years, including a number of years as 2nd XI captain to complement his junior coaching role.

He was elected Chairman of the former Lancashire Youth Cricket Council (later renamed the Lancashire Youth Coaching Committee) in 1989 following the untimely death of the previous Chairman, Cedric Rhodes, and continued in this role until 2004. His contribution to youth cricket and the LCB was recognised by the County Club when he was made a Vice President of LCCC some years ago. He is currently the ECB appointed Cricket Boards' national representative on the ECB Audit Committee.


Geoff Ogden

Geoff has been a member of the LCB (and previously of the LCA) Committee since 1985. He is the current Chairman of the LCB Development of Excellence Committee and has been since 1996. Appointed Director of the LCB in 2010.

For the Lancashire CCC, Geoff was a General Committee member between 1986 and 2011. He was also the Chairman of the Cricket Committee between 1992 and 2011. He was elected as Vice President of Club in 2011. Other posts include Chairman of LCB U19s Federation between 1990 and 2001 and current Life Member. Also past Chairman of LSCA and elected as Vice President in 2000.

As a cricketer, he started playing at Bolton School and played for 30 years in the Bolton League and Manchester Association. Played for Lancashire Club & Ground, Manchester Association representative team and Lancashire Federation U19s for 4 years.

He is totally committed to Lancashire Youth cricket and has been for many year occupying following posts:

  • Manager of Lancashire U16s 1982-96 (National Champions on 3 occasions)
  • Manager of Salford Schools U15s 1975-84 (Lancashire Champions twice)
  • Gained NCA Senior Coaching Award in 1982 and coached at school and club level.


Ken Standring

Ken was appointed Director in 2010 and is the current Development Committee Chairman since 2008. He started his cricket playing at Ribblesdale Wanderers CC and Clitheroe Grammar School. He represented Lancashire at Under 18 level, regular Lancashire Second XI and 8 games for the First XI. Played also as Club Professional for Farnworth, Bingley, Bradshaw and finished his playing days at Southport & Birkdale. Whilst on National Service played for Royal Engineers, Southern Command, Army and Combined Services.

As an administrator he joined the Lancashire Cricket Federation Committee in 1973 and is the current Chairman since 2001. He has held various posts within cricket from being the Chairman of the first ECB Schools/Junior/Youth Committee at Lord’s and was also the Secretary for the LCA which was succeeded by the LCB in 1996.

Ken was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Leeds University. He qualified as a teacher and taught Geography and Games at Leeds Grammar School. His teaching led him to take on Education Officer roles in Sefton MBC and eventually finishing his career as Assistant Director. He is a Vice President of Lancashire CCC.


Mike Watkinson

Mike is a former Lancashire and England right hand batsman and right arm off break / medium pace bowler. He played 4 Tests, 1 ODI and made 308 First Class appearances for Lancashire, captaining the Red Rose County between 1994 and 1997.

After retiring, he moved into the role of coaching at Lancashire in 2002. He was drafted in as England's bowling coach for the tour to Bangladesh in 2003-04 and worked alongside Duncan Fletcher for two winters. After six years as coach, he moved into a new role as Lancashire's Director of Cricket in 2008. He continues in this post and under his leadership the Lancashire team won the County Championship in 2011 after 77 years.

Mike became LCB Director in April 2014.


Robert Cross

A Bury Grammar School pupil who went on to read Law at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne; Bobby played throughout the junior age group programme from Lancashire U13s up to the U19s before spending two seasons on the staff at Old Trafford. An opening batsman, Bobby played in the Second XI for several seasons before moving into a career as a Solicitor in the family firm.

Bobby has played club cricket for Heywood CC in the Central Lancashire League throughout his career and was captain of the First Eleven for ten seasons. He is now responsible for the junior section of the club and has helped to raise funds for facilities as well as organising the 2012 NatWest CricketForce national showcase event at the club.

No stranger to sport, Bobby is the son of former West Ham striker David Cross and is older brother to Jennifer, who played Super League Netball for Northern Thunder, and Kathryn, who is an England Women International as an opening bowler.

Bobby coaches on the county age group programme and is also on the U19 Federation committee.


Hugh Evans

Originally from Kendal Hugh represented Cumberland in the Minor Counties and played most of his club cricket at Netherfield where he captained the 1st X1. He also had spells at Rotherham, Neston, Workington, Cleator and Newton-le-Willows before finally becoming an umpire in 1997.

After four years at the local electricity board, Hugh moved from Kendal to Rotherham to begin what was to be a 35 year involvement in Local Government and in particular sport and leisure. This culminated in a move to St Helens in 1991 where he became Head of Recreation until his appointment as Head of Community Safety in 2005 and eventual retirement in 2010.

Hugh is currently Chairman of the Merseyside Cricket Umpires Association, Treasurer of the LCB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) and is the ACO's Regional Performance Officer. He represents the North of England on the ACO's Performance Committee, is Chairman of the Merseyside and South West Lancashire Cricket Partnership and represents the LCB ACO on the LCB's Development & Recreation Committees.


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