Tim Lamb

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Timothy Michael Lamb (born Hartford, Cheshire, March 24, 1953) is an English sports administrator. He is the younger son of the Baron Rochester.

He was an English County Cricketer and Cricket Administrator, the first Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (1996-2004) before going on to become Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance (formerly the CCPR) from 2005 until 2014. He left the Sport and Recreation Alliance and set up TML Sports Connections, a sports consultancy. He is also a member of the Cabinet Office Sport Honours Committee.

He was educated at Shrewsbury School and The Queen's College, Oxford University (for whom he got blues in 1973 and 1974) and played professional cricket for Middlesex (1974–77) and Northamptonshire (1978-83). A right-arm fast-medium bowler, he played 160 First Class matches between 1973 and 1983, taking 361 wickets (average 28.97) and scoring 1274 runs (average 12.49), with a top score of 77 against Nottinghamshire at Lord's. But he was perhaps better known for his record in the limited overs form of the game, where in all competitions he took a total of 190 wickets at an average of 25.70 at a highly respectable economy rate of 3.86. He also played in four Lord's Cup Finals.

He entered sports administration as Secretary and General Manager of Middlesex County Cricket Club in 1984, and became Cricket Secretary of the Test and County Cricket Board in 1988 and Chief Executive (prior to the establishment of the ECB) in 1996. Under his leadership the sport of cricket witnessed a period of unprecedented reform and modernisation, which saw the introduction of Twenty20 Cricket, a two-division County Championship with promotion and relegation, central contracts for England players, the establishment of a National Academy and a resurgence of interest and participation in cricket among children (boys and girls), as well as a significant growth in the women's game. The ECB's annual commercial income more than doubled during his period of office. He was subsequently elected an Honorary Life Member of the MCC, Middlesex CCC and also Durham CCC in recognition of his services to cricket.

Lamb left the ECB in 2004 and the following year became Chief Executive of the CCPR (renamed the Sport and Recreation Alliance in December 2010), the independent umbrella body and trade association for the national governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK. Counting some 320 organisations within its membership from right across the sector, the Alliance exists to promote, protect and provide for sport and recreation by demonstrating the benefits that they can bring to society, working to reduce adverse impacts from legislation or other causes, and providing a range of high quality services to enable its member organisations to operate more effectively. Tim retired from this position in February 2014.

He has been married to Denise since 1978 and they have two children, Sophie (born September 1983) and Nick (born November 1985).

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alan Wright
Middlesex CCC Secretary/General Manager
Succeeded by
Peter Packham
Preceded by
Alan Smith
England and Wales Cricket Board Chief Executive
Succeeded by
David Collier
Preceded by
Margaret Talbot
Sport and Recreation Alliance (formerly CCPR) Chief Executive
Succeeded by
Emma Boggis