Members in Business

Professional cricketers are a versatile crowd. Not only can they perform on the field, but they have boundless enthusiasm, ideas, flare and skill - qualities that are being applied to the business world.

Click on the memu links to find out what current and former cricketers are up to.

For more information contact David Leatherdale on 07990558681 or email dleatherdale@thepca.co.uk

Richard Clinton

 

Richard Clinton, the former Essex and Surrey batsman, is discovering that some of the skills he developed as a cricketer are serving him well in his new career running a commercial finance advisory firm.

Clinton, 34, set up Oakmead Finance with his brother Peter last September last year and is enjoying the challenge of establishing the challenge of establishing the London-based firm which specialises in property and development finance, asset-based lending and trade and working capital facilities for UK businesses.

“There are a lot of similarities between this and playing professional cricket. I get to manage my own time and you need to be a self-starter. All the key components that make up a sportsmen are in this role,” Clinton said.

“You need to be very motivated and very confident and a little bit arrogant as well. You need that arrogance to carry you through and make you a bit bullet proof because you will make some wrong decisions and you will get knock backs along the way.

“You have got to keep going, knuckle down and just get on with it. Being a batsman, you soon learn those attributes.”

Clinton, who went to Loughborough University between his two stints in county cricket, gained valuable work experience working for a London-based mortgage company during three winters while he was playing for Surrey.

His hopes of joining the company when his cricket career ended were dashed by the economic crash of 2008 but he joined Barclays Bank I their corporate sales division and then moved on to RBS where he worked with larger companies.

Last year he decided to set up his own company and went into partnership with his brother whose background is in commercial finance.

“The two skill sets have married quite nicely together,” Clinton said. “I deal with businesses, working capital and facilities and commercial mortgages and he had a property based background which was dealing with developers, individuals looking to buy and develop properties.

“The business was born as a corporate finance offering but across the spectrum of private individuals through to the size of businesses I was dealing with at RBS £50-60 million turnover.”

Clinton admits that he has made mistakes over the past nine months but the resilience gained as a county cricketer also helped him to establish the business.

“We have had ups and downs. Starting any business is bound to be a challenging period. You get three months in and you have a serious look at yourself and ask whether it was the right decision.

“Having not run a business before it was quite a steep learning curve. I wasted some money on things that, looking back now, I had no need to.

“It has been really enjoyable and it has been tough. I knew it was going to be difficult but I have learned a lot. If it doesn’t work out I can always go back into the corporate world and have on the CV that I have established my own business.

“But, fingers crossed, we have enough things in the pipeline that I won’t have to do that any time soon.”

Clinton is also glad that went on a winter work placement while he was playing and has advised current players to make the most of similar opportunities.

“If you are not on an England tour I would say: don’t waste those winter months. Speak to your county and speak to the PCA to find out if there any placements or work opportunities and just get out there and do something. One, it looks good on your CV and, two, I think it’s a real eye-opener.

“It certainly gave me the confidence when I was playing cricket that I knew there was something else I could do.

“You realise that you have a lot you have got to offer and attributes that a lot of prospective employers value very, very highly.

“Everyone comes out of university with a degree of some from these days so going to university and getting a degree isn’t going to set you apart from the rest. But professional sportsmen often come across well in job interviews. They are confident and outgoing and have the ability to get their point and speak to senior managers.

“The eye opener of me, having stepped out of cricket into banks and now running my own business, is that there are a lot key attributes that you need to succeed in sport that are transferable skill sets to anything outside professional sport.”


Gary Palmer

Gary Palmer, the former Somerset cricketer is in charge of the Cricket Coach Master Academy (CCM).

The CCM Academy provides a service to bridge the gap from a minor county cricketer to a first class cricketer.

The CCM Academy also offers a brand new online coaching page, ideal for players and coaches worldwide.

The CCM Academy is mainly for young talented minor county cricketers or players who are from a major county but are not in their system, between the ages of 14 - 20 for the senior academy and 10-13 year olds for the junior academy.

We are looking for a new intake of talented young players for the 2008/9 winter program.

For Information about joining the CCM Academy go to www.ccmacademy.co.uk  

For more details click here or call Gary Palmer on 07815 081744

   
     

 
Adrian Jones

 

Adrian Jones, the former Somerset & Sussex paceman, now owns Solus, an independent corporate office supplier. Solus boast an extensive database of 30,000 items, that caters for almost every conceivable office requirement.

Solus are a one-stop-shop for all your office needs and are also a busniess partner of the PCA.

For more information on Solus click here

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Matthew Church

 

Matt Church, the former Worcestershire and Gloucestershire batsman, has started his own fitness consultancy and personal training company.

You can email Matt on matt@fitness-solutions.co.uk or click here to visit the website. 

   

 
Jack Russell

 

Jack Russell, ex Gloucestershire and England,  is regarded as the foremost painter of cricket scenes, having played on most grounds, at both county and test level throughout the world. A distinct advantage is gained when creating the atmosphere, so important to a picture, if one has experienced it. A distinguished cricket lover said, when describing a painting by Jack Russell, "I just have to look at it, and I'm there, watching the game".

Jack has his own Gallery, The Jack Russell Gallery, in the picturesque market town of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire 12 miles north of Bristol.

Latest news

Jack is pleased to announce his collaboration with the Professional Cricketers' Association in their first joint venture into art by painting the PCA England Masters v Rest of the World X1 at the Hurlimgham Club on Tuesday 12th July 2011.  The original painting will be auctioned in support the PCA Benevolent Fund. From this painting, an exclusive run of 25 Giclѐe high resolution prints, on IPH museum quality rag paper, will be available to purchase through the PCA .

Jack Russell MBE, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists (FRSA) and considered by many, as the foremost painter of cricket scenes in the World.

The next venture planned is to auction a ‘blank canvas' on which the purchaser can have a portrait of his choice painted by Jack Russell. This commission will be auctioned at the PCA Annual Awards Dinner in September 2011 which Jack Russell will attend and invite bids for this unique opportunity.

For more information on The Jack Russell Gallery click here

   

 
Tony Cottey

 

Tony Cottey, the former Glamorgan and Sussex cricketer also specialises in after dinner speaking. Tony began his sporting career as a footballer at Swansea City playing football league and was also captain of Wales Youth.

On the cricket front, he spent thirteen seasons at Glamorgan, becoming vice-captain in the process. This was followed with a move to Sussex for six seasons, becoming one of only a handful of cricketers to win the County Championship with two different counties (1997 with Glamorgan and 2003 with Sussex).

Tony’s repertoire recalls his experiences on and off the field, the characters he played with and against and is very much on the mickey taking and humorous side.Tony has fifteen years experience and travels all around the country so venue location is not an issue.

Tony has now returned to Sussex County Cricket Club and is employed in the Commercial Department as Business Relationship Manager.

For more information, please contact Tony on 07776 206258
or e-mail tony.cottey@sussexcricket.co.uk

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Jeremy Snape

Leicestershire and England all-rounder Jeremy Snape has founded Sporting Edge Solutions, a company which delivers sports psychology and mental training programmes. Offering confidential advice and mental coaching for sports performers across all sports and levels, Jeremy, along with his expert team can help you achieve your potential.

In Addition to a Masters Degree from Loughborough University, Jeremy has played over 16 years of professional cricket including 10 One Day Internationals and this experience is now yours to share. A regular after dinner speaker, Jeremy is available for a wide range of motivational sporting and business seminars which can be tailored to your requirements. For more information please visit www.sportingedgesolutions.co.uk

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Peter Bowler

Peter spent twenty years on the professional cricket circuit
representing Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Somerset and  Tasmania.
An opening batsman, he spent most of those twenty years evading some of the world's fastest bowlers, not always successfully.

Having said that he did manage to hit a few, and scored just under 20,000 runs in first-class cricket with 45 hundreds and was England's top run scorer in 1992.

Peter retired at the end of the 2004 season aged 41, county crickets elder statesman, to take up a  career in corporate law and now works as a legal consultant.

When he is not consulting, he is busy working as an accomplished after dinner speaker. He recalls his career, and the many humourous experiences both on and off the field, having  played with and against many of the game's greatest players and characters.

For further information on Peter's experience as an after dinner speaker or to book him, contact him on peterbowler@hotmail.com

 

 

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Phil Oliver

Cicada Sports specialises in supplying leading branded cricket equipment at permanently discounted prices. The Cricket Warehouse is situated in West Bromwich off junction 1 at Great Bridge.

The company’s three directors are Phil Oliver, Alex Williams and Steve Perryman (the ex-Warwickshire Coach) who all have a vast amount of experience in the trade.

Cicada also manufactures their own brand of cricket clothing and equipment. Wes Dursten and Mark Turner from Derbyshire, and Alan Richardson and Jack Shantry from Worcestershire along with many leading Minor Counties and Premier League players are among those who use their clothing and equipment.

Cicada have also developed the Club Zone, which is an ordering service that allows players to order their own club kit directly from the site. Cicada handle all aspects of your order for you with no minimum orders. 

To find out more, visit www.cicadasports.co.uk.

 

   

 
Chris Benham

 

Former Hampshire top order batsman, Chris Benham, is currently advising professional sportspeople on their finances and helping them put together a financial plan to ensure they achieve their financial goals and aspirations.

Benham completed his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning last year and is now an Associate Partner of St James’s Place Wealth Management – one of the largest financial advisory firms in the UK.

The move into financial planning came naturally for Benham, who explained, “I’ve always been conscious of keeping a close eye on my own finances and I was keen to explore the opportunities available after my playing career came to an end.

“I had several discussions with Kate Green (former PCA Personal Development Manager) about the career routes available to me. I wanted to get out and meet people and help them make the most out of their finances – I found that this career path offered me that chance.

“St James’s Place run an academy programme for people coming from a non-finance industry background. I earned my qualifications while gaining experience and worked with a mentor for six months before completing the Diploma.”

Benham offers financial advice tailored to the individual and believes that cricketers can largely benefit from this service.

He added: “I know how demanding it is to be a professional sportsperson so my aim is to provide face-to-face advice that looks at the whole picture when setting financial goals, so players can make the most out of their finances whilst focusing on their sporting careers.

For more information visit www.chrisbenham.co.uk or email chris.benham@sjpp.co.uk.

   

 
Dean Hodgson

 

Dean is the Senior Investment Director of Investec Wealth and Investment at the Bath office.

He specialises in Discretionary and Advisory Investment Management for private clients, SIPPs , trusts and charities.

Dean works directly with clients and/or their Financial Advisers.

Please contact Dean for an initial discussion on 07825 665757 or email dean.hodgson@investecwin.co.uk.

   

 
Ben Scott

Change can be daunting, but can also be exciting. As a professional cricketer, drive and determination get you where you want to be. When your cricket days end, that drive and determination can take on a different path and can be your most valuable asset.

Since the start of my cricket career back in 1998, when I was a fresh faced youngster, I have always been keen on keeping myself fit and strong. Keepers usually have a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and if I wasn’t keeping or batting, I would be trying to find something active to fill my time.

I was first signed at Surrey and spent three years learning my trade under some pretty impressive names such as Stewart, Thorpe, Ramprakash etc. It wasn’t long before I realised that to stand out and give myself the best chance in the game, I had to become one of the fittest players in the team. I moved to Middlesex where I was given opportunities to not only play, but play at the best ground in the world, Lord’s. I was very happy with my cricket career, which spanned almost 15 years and included being crowned 20/20 champions, enjoying Stanford Super Series excitements, and taking part in England Lions tours, to name but a few highlights.

As in any sport, or in fact any job, there were lows as well. One main concern in the back of every sportsman’s mind is the fact that unless you’re John Embury, you’re not likely to be playing cricket into your 50’s, and unfortunately, your career has to end. The PCA have worked wonders when it comes to supporting past players in new ventures, and have continued to grow in power and support over the years.

About five years ago, I qualified as a Personal Trainer with the help of the PCA and partners during the off season, and have been continuing my development alongside cricket ever since. I have gained as much experience as I could from our trainers, coaches and physiotherapists. I regularly bothered them with my questions and extra sessions.

After an unlucky year at Middlesex, I believe in one of the papers it said, “Scott’s bat must be allergic to leather”. This made securing another contract potentially tricky, however, Middlesex showed faith and took me back on. Knowing that I was now a qualified Personal Trainer, it was agreed that I assist with the strength and conditioning and fielding coaching. This was priceless, and allowed me to gain extensive experience that I now implement in the gym with my new clients.

After another year at Lords and three more at Worcestershire, it was time for me to hang up the gloves. I am now setting up my Personal Training business at a fantastic new gym in London, City Athletic, and continue my fielding coaching for Middlesex CCC. I’m really enjoying training people at this fantastic facility, where the atmosphere is very similar to that of the changing rooms in sport. The achievement of helping my clients reach their goals is like scoring a hundred at Lord’s (not that I did that very often).

There is a lot of hard work and learning ahead, but with the help of the PCA, and the friends and contacts I’ve made in the game, I can safely say I see a successful future ahead.

If you would like more information on Ben Scott Fitness Solutions, visit www.scottkeepingfit.com or www.cityathletic.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Jamie Spires
 

After progressing through the youth system at Warwickshire and being rewarded with a professional contract in 2000, I was lucky enough to spend five years in the professional game. Since my cricket career ended in 2005, I moved into the commercial property industry, as a surveyor. Whilst the industry was kind to me, it was clear my passion always lay within cricket. I have played for Knowle & Dorridge CC since 1998, and was made Captain in 2009. During that first year we managed to win the Birmingham League for the first time in the clubs history – a feat I am still very proud of. 

My time away from the professional game, and my love for club cricket, made me realise how much I missed being involved with the game on a day-to-day basis. I also felt as though my skills, experience and knowledge, gained throughout my cricket career, were being wasted. With this in mind, I approached David Smith, who was already running a successful cricket coaching company in the Solihull area, called Complete Cricket. Subsequently, David and I have joined forces allowing the company to expand, creating Complete Cricket (Midlands) Ltd, of which I am joint Director.  

Complete Cricket (Midlands) Ltd is a coaching company looking to strengthen cricket and fitness. We are passionate about developing young cricketers and helping them fulfill their potential in the sport, offering coaching facilities to individuals, schools and clubs. The coaching staff are ECB levels 1, 2 or 3, CRB checked, first aid qualified and members of the ECB Coaches Association. We pride ourselves on the quality and variety of our coaching methods.

 Our aim is to provide programs of enjoyable, yet challenging activities to children of all ages, abilities and genders and have a variety of coaching programs to benefit individuals, schools and clubs. We can organise coaching programs at breakfast time, lunchtime or after school to provide flexibility.

The company also provides the opportunity to learn from current professionals via various masterclasses, aimed at different areas of the game.

   

 
Roger Sillence Will Rudge


Former Gloucestershire team-mates Will Rudge and Roger Sillence are back in partnership as directors of Centena, a Bristol-based recruitment consultancy.

Rudge and Sillence were briefly team-mates at Gloucestershire in 2005 before Sillence moved on to Worcestershire.

Both have worked in recruitment since their county careers ended and set up Centena last year with financial investment from Benula Capital.

Rudge’s previous experiences in the corporate market and financial services worlds have been twinned with Sillence’s background in retail, marketing and e-commerce and the company has expanded encouragingly since it was established in September 2014. 

“It has gone very well which is good and we are looking to bring other people into the business. We are trying to get up to a team of eight, nine or ten by the end of the year,” Rudge says.

Both Rudge and Sillence received valuable career advice from the Personal Development Managers employed by the PCA who work across the 18 first-class counties at the end of their playing careers.

Although recruitment may appear far removed from playing cricket for a living, Rudge believes that some of the life skills he developed during his time with Gloucestershire have helped him in his new career.

“Recruitment is an industry that sports people tend to do quite well in and tend to go into,” Rudge says.

“It’s an industry that’s for confident people who are quite chatty and who are happy to get themselves out there and talk to people.

“It’s a skill that most cricketers tend to have from being with team mates, going on tour and being in the public eye. Having that confidence helps.”

“There are a lot skills that can be transferred either way.”

A background as former county cricketers has also been a useful conversation starter for Rudge and Sillence in establishing Centena.

“You would be surprised the amount of people who bring it up. It’s a good conversation starter I must admit,” Rudge says.

“There are a lot cricket fans out there who like to chat about the game and it certainly helps to open a few doors.”

 


 

For more information please call 0117 985 6962 or email info@centena.co.uk

 

 
Kyle Hogg

 

Former Lancashire seamer Kyle Hogg is proof that a positive attitude can help past players to prosper in a career outside of cricket.

Hogg’s life appeared to come crashing down inside a week last September when his moth Sharon passed away after brave battle against cancer and his own playing career was cut short at the age of 31 by a serious back injury.

Hogg could have been forgiven for feeling sorry for himself but he is now forging a career in the music industry as artist liaison for SJM Concerts as well as retaining his links with Lancashire as a part-time bowling coach under their new director of cricket Ashley Giles.

“To me all this about getting people to realise that your cricket career is so short and you don’t realise that when you are playing,” says Hogg.

“I remember being in the Lancashire dressing room when I was 17 when Mike Atherton was 32 and Neil Fairbrother was 34 and thinking: how old are they? They are ancient.

“Then I was 31 and it seemed like only five minutes but 14 years had gone by. The time passes so quickly but, until someone tells you your career is over, you don’t appreciate how quickly it goes. If you are not prepared for it, you can end up in a lot of trouble.

“The financial side of going from a good wage playing cricket to starting off at the bottom of the ladder in a normal job is a big shock.

“But you have got to be positive. You have two options you can either feel sorry for yourself and think: oh God, everyone is going on pre-season tour in a month and are playing cricket. Or you can  think: I have had a good time and achieved a few things and this is the next stage of my life.

“I think all the stuff that happened with my Mum over two years made me think: what is the point in ever feeling sorry for yourself?  You see what people go through and it puts life into perspective I suppose.”

Hogg had prepared himself for life after cricket by spending three winters working voluntarily for SJM familiarising himself with the music business having been introduced to the company’s managing director Simon Moran by his friend Graham Lambert of the Inspiral Carpets.

Having worked with bands such as the Stereophonics, Madness and Muse, Hogg now travels the country working with emerging bands in a job that is varied and enjoyable.

There are so many people I have played with over the years where everything is going great, they are earning good money and then someone says that’s it, you are finished or you are released. Because they haven’t done anything else they can’t adapt to a normal job.

“I’m the middleman between the venue the band the tour manager the lighting and sound, the people who do the rigging and put the speakers in,” he says.

“AS SJM we pay the band to play. You are the glue between everybody. At the end of the night when the show is done you have to do the figures with the tour manager to make sure they add up.

“You start at 11 in the morning and by the time you leave a venue it’s normally midnight. Sometimes you might have to travel from Newcastle for an 11 o’clock start in London the next morning.

“They are long days, there’s a lot of travelling but it’s not like having two days in the field and your body is ready to shut down. You feel tired but it’s great. I’m a big music fan anyway and to get this job is the next best thing for me to playing cricket.”

 
Mark Turner

 

Persistence has paid off for Mark Turner, the former Durham, Somerset and Derbyshire pace bowler, who has landed a job as a regional scout for Move GB, a new fitness company.

Turner was released by Derbyshire last August and had to find a career outside cricket when a trial spell with Northamptonshire failed to land a contract.

Turner suffered another setback when he was interviewed for a job in recruitment but missed out on the post but then received two job offers in a week.

He turned down a job with a sports magazine to take up his role with Move GB, a start-up company, which allows him to work from his home in the North East.

“I really enjoy the flexibility of working from home but also getting out and about and meeting people. It’s a good mix,” Turner says.

“I thought that going out and meeting people face to face and selling stuff was something that suited me best.

“The idea of going into an office environment day after day wasn’t what I was looking for.”

 
Steven Crook

 

Mau Media, jointly owned by Northants allrounder Steven Crook, are specialists in creating beautifully crafted and bespoke websites with state-of-the-art technology. We pride ourselves on delivering a no-nonsense, approachable service and are thrilled to have worked on projects with some of the most highly recognised sporting and commercial businesses and initiatives in the UK.

We love getting to know our clients, their businesses and what they're trying to achieve. We undertake each project as an entirely unique and personalised experience, with our approach tailored specifically to work for you.  

We are proud and excited to offer special VIP rates for PCA members and commercial partners. Success is our passion and our focus is on delivering high quality websites that make a statement, so get in touch at hello@maumedia.co.uk or call Tamsin on +44 (0) 7799270920 quoting PCA. 

   
Tom Jewell

 

Prior to forming his property sourcing service Tom Jewell had six seasons as a professional county cricketer with Surrey County Cricket Club. 

Having been brought up in a family steeped in the property industry Tom was determined to follow in that tradition and alongside his cricket commitments built up considerable hands-on experience in the industry. During a six month cricket placement in Australia he worked for two of the Country’s major Real Estate companies, and on his return to London worked for property law firm Pemberton Greenish and then London’s largest estate agency group, Thamesview. 

During this period Tom built up strong working relationships with many major sportsmen, company executives and embassy diplomats. 

During the summer months whilst playing cricket he also undertook qualifications in Property Investment, Finance, Residential Lettings, Property Management and Sales becoming a full member of ARLA and NAEA. 

Early in 2015 Tom launched The Home Cloud an estate agency with a new concept that confronts the continuing negative stereotype of estate agents in the UK. The company provides a fresh approach to brokering residential selling, letting, buying and renting transactions that provides convenience and transparency 

In conjunction with setting up The Home Cloud, Tom has established a string of private clients of which he finds, purchases and manages property on behalf of.

    
Marcus North

 

The world of wine is a never ending journey. Like most people, I began mine with the cheapest bottle on the shelf. I was overwhelmed by the wealth of choice and my own lack of knowledge. Everything changed after a visit to my favourite wine region, Margaret River. There, I learned about the different tastes and varieties that wine has to offer…I was hooked!

For the last 15 years, my job as a professional cricketer has seen me chasing summer around the world. Visiting and sampling the many wines of South Africa, New Zealand and of course Australia along the way. I have forged great friendships within the wine industry and this has helped me increase my knowledge and passion for wine.

The many summers I spent based in the UK left me frustrated with the availability of good quality Australian wine. Yes, there was a fair selection on the supermarket shelves but nothing that truly represented the rich and diverse range from all the regions of Australia.

I am determined to give you the chance to experience – and fall in love with – the best wines Australia has to offer.  The unique wine regions; the complex flavours; the aroma; all brought to you in the comfort of your own home.

At The Australian Wine Store we will offer you the best of Australian wine. We will taste and research every wine we offer to ensure you enjoy the experience Australian wine delivers, regardless of price point.

Please feel free to call me on 07716 503 240 for any help or advice.

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