Board Members

Gareth Williams

Chair

Gareth has been a practising solicitor for 42 years. He was a partner in Hugh James for 39 years, and was the senior partner of the firm for 12 years leading up to his retirement in April 2017. He provided legal support to the Welsh Rugby Union for 25 years and was its company secretary for 8 years. He remains a legal adviser to the British Boxing Board of Control. In December 2018 Gareth stepped down after nearly 5 years as non-executive Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of South Wales. He was for two years the non-executive Chair of the Board of the Royal College of Music and Drama. For many years Gareth was a non-executive director of Thomas Carroll Group plc. As a youngster in Llanelli, Gareth’s summers were dominated by cricket and he spent significant amounts of time supporting Glamorgan at St. Helen’s.

Ann-Marie Smale MBE

Deputy Chair and Nominated Member

Ann-Marie has been managing director of Powell Dobson Architects for the past 7 years and a Board director for 19 years. Cricket has been a big part of her life. She is a Level 2 qualified coach and has two children involved in the elite cricket pathways. Ann-Marie provides expertise in property development and estate management which is critical to maintaining Sophia Gardens as a major international cricket venue as well as a key understanding of the development of young cricketers.

Mark Rhydderch-Roberts

Treasurer and Nominated Member

Crickhowell born Mark Rhydderch-Roberts brings a wealth of experience to the role of Treasurer following a 28 year career in Investment Banking during which time he held senior positions with a number of Global Investment Banks. Mark currently holds non-executive director roles at the International Conference Centre Wales (ICCW), Excalibur Steel Ltd and is a Board Member of the Welsh Industrial Development Agency. He also served as a member of the Advisory Panel which led to the creation of the Development Bank of Wales. He played first class rugby for a number of leading Clubs including Bath, Pontypridd (where he serves as an executive director), Newport and Ebbw Vale.

Gerard Elias CBE QC

President

Gerard has been a successful lawyer for over 50 years. He was in private practice as a barrister from 1967 and as Queen’s Counsel from 1984, and was involved in many of the important criminal cases in Wales. Gerard has had a lifelong interest in promoting standards in professional & public life, and in sport. For 22 years he chaired the ECB’s Discipline Commission, which regulated conduct in cricket; between 2008 and 2013 he chaired Sport Resolutions, the body overseeing mediation in sport disputes, including anti-doping, and from 2010 until 2016 was the independent Commissioner for Standards for the National Assembly for Wales, which regulated the conduct of Assembly Members, at the end of which appointment he was awarded the CBE. He has been a member of Glamorgan Cricket for more than 60 years, and played club cricket extensively in South East Wales. He joined the Glamorgan Committee in 1983 and became deputy and then Chairman between 1997 - 2004.

Hugh Morris

Chief Executive Officer

Hugh Morris returned to Glamorgan as Chief Executive in January 2014 after 16 years at ECB in senior leadership roles including; Acting Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and Managing Director of England Cricket. In his six years as Managing Director of England Cricket, Hugh enjoyed considerable success including; overseeing the winning of three Ashes Series, winning the ICC World Twenty20 tournament and becoming number one in the world in Test match cricket. During his playing career he scored nearly 20,000 runs for Glamorgan and led the County to their first domestic title for 24 years in 1993 by lifting the AXA Sunday League trophy. He also played three Test matches for England. He has an MBA from Henley Management College, an Honorary Doctorate from Loughborough University and is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Rezwan Hassan

Nominated Member

Rez Hassan has a huge passion for the game of cricket and has played as an amateur in South Wales for the past 25 years. Rez is the General Manager for Mars Iberia and has worked in the FMCG industry for the last 17 years. Rez has had success in a number of disciplines including; strategy development, organisation development, customer management, marketing, product management and people management. The business experience in FMCG he has acquired will be critical to engaging new audiences to the game of cricket in Wales.

Sameer Rahman

Nominated Member

Sameer Rahman, a passionate cricket supporter and Glamorgan follower, is currently working as Director of Insight at The Royal Mint. Cardiff-based Sameer has enjoyed senior Marketing, Data and Commercial roles in various big organisations and worked as a consultant across UK and internationally. Sameer brings a wealth of expertise to support the commercial and marketing focusing mainly focusing on digital and data to drive business and growth strategies for the Glamorgan Cricket. He has years of non-executive director experience and is a serving independent director at the Millennium Stadium Plc and Alliance Homes. He has served in various executive positions over the last 5-10 years. Sameer is a published international author and speaker on data and digital related topics and sees the application of data and digital as vital to the growth of the Glamorgan Cricket and cricket in general. He wants to use data and digital technologies to get the game of cricket closer to their fans and members.

Gareth Rees

Nominated Member

Gareth Rees is an ex-Glamorgan cricketer who played nearly two hundred matches for club and scored over 7,500 First-Class runs before retiring from professional cricket in 2014. He then joined Wales based insurance company, Admiral, where he now leads Admiral’s strategy on automotive and data partnerships. The 34-year-old also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Bath and is a board member on Ballet Cymru, Wales’ leading ballet company.

Rachel Owen

Elected Member

Rachel is a retired Local Authority solicitor and presiding justice in the Family Magistrates’ court. She is a lifelong cricket fan, supporting Glamorgan and England teams for more than 40 years. Rachel was one of the original Premier members and now a Gold 125 member. She is secretary of the Glamorgan Followers and with her husband, organises monthly lunches at Sophia Gardens between October and March each year. Rachel is also a member of the St Helen’s Balconiers and whole heartedly supports cricket in Swansea.

Lyndon Thomas

Elected Member

Lyndon has been an avid supporter of Glamorgan CCC since 1957. His involvement with the club has included organising benefit events, held at Margam, Richmond, Surrey and Bromley, Kent cricket clubs, for six Glamorgan beneficiaries. He has also been the formal sponsor of Darren Thomas and Dean Cosker. He has been a MCC member for over 20 years. Lyndon was educated in Swansea, trained as a Computer Programmer and Systems Analyst at the Steel Company of Wales in Port Talbot and finished his business career with 19 years as Executive Director of Direct Line Insurance.

Rod Jones

Cricket Wales Representative

Rod is currently the Chair of Cricket Wales and has recently joined the Board of Glamorgan as their representative. He has 25 years’ experience in the international steel industry. He has experience within leadership, strategic planning, financial control, change and performance management. He has successfully applied a number of these skills across Welsh recreational cricket in recent years.

In Attendance - Duncan Macintosh

Company Secretary

Duncan joined Glamorgan, as Secretary, in 2016. He is Senior Partner of Capital Law Limited, a commercial law firm with offices in Cardiff and London, and head of their Corporate and Commercial team. Duncan was born in India, educated in Scotland, where he played various levels of cricket, and came to Wales in 1990. He is also a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and has been a member of the MCC since 1982.

In Attendance - John Williams

Ambassador

John is an Honorary Life Vice President and long-standing Committee Member of Glamorgan CCC. As Chairman of the ‘Balconiers’ he has played an influential role with others in raising over £400k in total for The Club during the past two decades. Organiser of stay-away supporters trips and Annual Players Awards Dinners for over 44 years. John believes that having the passion and empathy for our Club, its players, members, and the cricketing public throughout Wales are essential personal values and ingredients contained within his ambassadorial role.