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Former Surrey CCC Chief Executive, Richard Gould, has been appointed as an Honorary Life Vice President of Surrey County Cricket Club.

The award is the highest honour that can be bestowed by the Club and is usually only given to individuals that have served terms as Club President.

Gould left the Club in May 2021 after ten years as Chief Executive. He is now Chief Executive of Bristol City FC.

Under his leadership, the business side of Surrey CCC was transformed, with the Club delivering record profits for the 2019/20 financial year, the last before the Covid19 pandemic.

Gould also helped deliver three major improvements to The Kia Oval – the extension to the Members’ Pavilion, the new Peter May Stand and the Galadari Stand – regular sell-out crowds for the Vitality Blast and left his role with 13,500 Members part of Surrey CCC, a record in the modern age that has continued to grow.

As CEO, Surrey won the County Championship in 2018 and numerous players have graduated from the Surrey Academy to launch successful first-class careers, with many also going onto represent England, including Club captain Rory Burns and World Cup winners Jason Roy, Natalie Sciver and Tom Curran.

Richard Thompson, Surrey County Cricket Club Chair, added: “Richard was an exceptional CEO of Surrey CCC over a ten-year period. He was always prepared to speak his mind, with great clarity, honesty and always integrity.

“The award of an Honorary Life Vice Presidency is a major decision for the Club. However, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that Richard’s immense contributions over the past decade immediately deserved this honour.”