David Collier (sports administrator)

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David Gordon Collier OBE (born 22 April 1955) is an English sports administrator and businessman.[1]

David Collier was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and Loughborough University, where he read Sports Science and Recreational Management.

He became the second chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) when he was appointed in October 2004, succeeding Tim Lamb. He has a business background having spent ten years working in the travel and leisure industry, including posts such as marketing manager of Sema Group plc, a Cheshire-based computer systems company (1986–1988), senior vice-president of American Airlines (1988–1992) and managing director of Servisair plc (1992–1993).

Collier gained considerable cricket administration experience with four counties - as assistant secretary of Essex (1980–1983) and as chief executive of Gloucestershire (1983–1986), Leicestershire (1993–1999) and Nottinghamshire (1999–2004), before his ECB appointment.

He was roundly criticized in some sections of the British media for his role in the sale of television rights to Rupert Murdoch's Sky TV. Proponents of the move, including Collier himself, have pointed out that cricket desperately needs the investment which only comes from such rights sales. He also insisted that he wanted to see a "thriving television market", hitting back at claims that Sky's audience for live cricket averaged 200,000 viewers, compared with Channel 4's peak audience of nine million.[2]

Collier has been an international hockey umpire since 1985, and in 2002 played an important part in organising a rescue package which bailed out England Hockey.

He married Jennifer Pendleton in 1980. They have one daughter and two sons.

Collier was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to cricket.[3][4]

In March 2015, he was appointed CEO of the Rugby League International Federation. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ‘COLLIER, David Gordon’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 19 May 2013
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | Cricket | Langer amazed by satellite deal". BBC News. 21 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N12. 31 December 2014.
  4. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/rugby-league/31853035
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tim Lamb
England and Wales Cricket Board Chief Executive
2004–
Succeeded by
Incumbent