Respected businessmen join Durham County Cricket Club board

Respected businessmen join Durham County Cricket Club board

Durham County Cricket Club has announced the appointment of two new directors as part of the club’s restructuring.

Highly respected businessmen Paul Woolston and Naynesh Desai have joined the board following a detailed selection process supported by Newcastle based independent employment consultants NRG.

Paul retired from leading accountancy firm PwC in 2014, after 25 years of service. At the time of his retirement Paul was senior partner at the Newcastle office and led the company’s UK Public Services Assurance Practise.

He has a Master of Business Science from Manchester Business School and is a CIPFA accountant and will bring a wealth of local private and public-sector experience.

Previously, he was the lead partner with the audit commission for 15 years and also worked with HMRC. He is also the former chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and works with a number of charities.

Paul has a long association with Durham County Cricket Club and led on the business plan that led to the Club gaining first class status in 1991.

Paul will be joined on the board by Naynesh Desai, a senior partner with DDO Solicitors, based in Mayfair, London. Commercial lawyer Naynesh is a long term advisor to Sir Ian Botham and will bring considerable legal expertise and London -based connections to the Club. 

Paul and Naynesh will join current board members, club chairman Sir Ian Botham, chief executive David Harker, Phil Collins and Bob Jackson.