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Surrey CCC interim Chief Executive Charlie Hodgson will leave the Club early next year after being appointed as the new Chief Executive of the South Australian Cricket Association.

Hodgson has led the Club through a period of considerable upheaval this summer, culminating in the successful delivery of a fully sold-out Test Match. Prior to this he served as Managing Director of The Kia Oval, a role he took on after seven years as the Club’s Commercial Director.

Under Hodgson’s leadership, the Club has bounced back from the Coronavirus pandemic with the return of crowds, the completion of the new £30m Galadari Stand and the delivery of one of its finest commercial years ever.

During his ten years on Surrey’s Management Board, Hodgson has led the club initiative to double the Club’s membership numbers, regularly selling out the ground for the T20 Blast and International matches as well as helping transform the Club’s business around non-matchday facilities.

Speaking today, Charlie Hodgson said: “I leave Surrey with fantastic memories from over thirty years of playing and working. In particular, I would like to thank the staff for their incredible efforts this season which has been like no other. They are an amazing group of people, and the Club is in great health.

“I wish all the Members, Committee and Management Board all the best for the future and look forward to visiting to watch some cricket in years to come.”

Paying tribute to Hodgson, Surrey CCC Chair Richard Thompson said: “From the under nines to present day, Charlie has Surrey in his blood. He delivered the job of interim Chief Executive this year – in the most challenging of times – with distinction and an enormous level of commitment.

“He leaves a legacy to be proud of, along with many friends and colleagues that will miss him. He will forever be a friend of Surrey CCC.”

Hodgson will remain in position as interim Chief Executive until early January, when new Chief Executive Steve Elworthy is set to start. He will support the initial transition period before leaving to start his new role.