Club Statement: Independent report published


The independent report into historic allegations of discrimination at Essex County Cricket Club has today been published following a comprehensive and thorough investigation by Katharine Newton KC.

The report aimed to identify and, where necessary, begin to rectify the past actions that contradicted the values of equality, respect, and inclusivity, which the Club prides itself on today.

The Club is fully aware that publishing the report is the next step in upholding those values and implementation of the 15 recommendations set out in Ms Newton’s report has already begun.

Essex acknowledges her findings and are committed to addressing past incidents of discrimination against former employees. All victims involved throughout the investigation have received an apology from the Club. Their courageous actions to report incidents of discrimination during their time at Essex has been pivotal in getting to this stage.

The Club remains dedicated to taking the necessary action to make meaningful changes and prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

Essex County Cricket Club Chair, Anu Mohindru KC, said: “Essex County Cricket Club welcomes the publishing of the independent report and it is an important step in trying to rectify the past mistakes, but most importantly creating a brighter future for everyone associated with our Club.

“It is evident from Ms Newton’s findings that there have been some fundamental errors in the past, which don’t reflect the Essex of today. Significant progress has been made across the Club to build a workplace that values and respects every individual, regardless of their background, identity, and beliefs. This extends to the fantastic community work being carried out across the region and we understand our responsibility to our local communities as the county club who represents them.

“I have personally met with the victims to apologise on behalf of the Club and explain the work carried out by the Board in producing the report. Following recommendations from the independent committee, the Club is now dealing with the process concerning any individuals where sanctions may be imposed. The Club will handle these promptly but with fairness to the individuals involved.

“I wish to thank every individual who was part of the investigation and commend those who spoke out against discrimination. We would also like to thank Katharine Newton KC who has worked meticulously throughout the process.”

The Club continues to keep the ECB informed.

>> View the report – HERE