Stephenson appointed Essex CEO


Essex Cricket can today announce the appointment of John Stephenson as the Club’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Stephenson will start his position in early October and take overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Club.

The 56-year-old was educated at Felsted School and came through the Essex Academy, having two stints at the Club as a player between 1984-1994 and 2002-2004.

Following his retirement from professional cricket, Stephenson joined the MCC as Head of Cricket in 2004, whilst also taking up further roles in overseeing the MCCUniversities Programme and leading on the masterplan for the ground redevelopment at Lord’s as Assistant Secretary (Cricket and Estates).

He leaves his position as Assistant Secretary (Cricket) at Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), having been responsible for the MCC’s playing and touring programmes, the strategic management of the playing and practice areas at Lord’s and the MCC Young Cricketers Programme, as well as General Manager and Director of Cricket for the London Spirit Men’s and Women’s teams.

On his appointment, Stephenson said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to come back to Essex as the Club had a big influence on my professional career.

“Having spent over a decade with the Club as a player, I couldn’t pass up the prospect of taking on this fantastic role.

“The Club means so much to so many people and has a key role to play in the wider Essex community. One of my main objectives is to continue and build on the recent success that the Club have experienced both on and off the field. With the support of the Members, fans and the team, I believe we can continue to compete and bring silverware back to Chelmsford.”

Executive Chairman, John Faragher, added: “After an extensive interview process involving some very high calibre personnel, John was clearly the outstanding candidate for the position at Essex.

“His exceptional skill set together with his appreciation of the modern game and the challenges facing cricket in the future were key credentials in making our decision.

“He will lead the Executive team on our journey to the next level in performance both on and off the field. Although we continue to face numerous problems brought about by the pandemic, we continue to be very focused on the future.

“These are exciting times for the Club and the Board looks forward to supporting and working with John.”

You can follow our new CEO on Twitter, with the handle @JohnPStephenson.