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Rod Bransgrove

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Roderick Granville 'Rod' Bransgrove (born 1950) is an English entrepreneur, cricket administrator and the current chairman of Hampshire County Cricket Club. A position he has held since being elected to the post in 2000, a move seen by many as saving Hampshire from insolvency.[1] His daughter, Lucy, is married to the Hampshire cricketer, Chris Wood.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bransgrove's father served in the Royal Air Force, meaning he was brought up in a number of places, including abroad in Singapore and at home in London and Kent.[1]

Business career[edit]

Bransgrove moved to Hampshire in 1985, when he was 35, to set up his pharmaceutical business, Imperial Pharmaceuticals Services. In 1995 it was merged into Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc[3][1] with Rod a non-executive Director of Shire 1995 to 1998.[4]

Hampshire cricket[edit]

Music career[edit]

Bransgrove (as Bestie Rote) features in Southampton-based six-strong soft rock band, Strapped for Cash, which released a Christmas single for four charities including Children in Need, in 2013.[5] In 2014 the band released a debut EP, Kick Me When I'm Down, and played at the Ageas Bowl and in July 2015 supported Eric Clapton at a charity gig in Wormsley.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Pitcher, Claire (14 April 2010). "Hampshire County Cricket Club Chairman". Hampshire Life. Archant Community Media. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  2. ^ Gibson, Richard (July 2020). "County Diary". The Cricketer. 100: 72–73.
  3. ^ "Shire report to United States Securities and Exchange Commission" (PDF). Form 10-K. Shire Pharmaceuticals Group. 24 March 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Who's Who". The Ageas Bowl. Archived from the original on 13 March 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Strapped For Cash Release Charity Single". Hampshire Cricket Club. 25 November 2013. Archived from the original on 27 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Rockin' Rod gets Clapton support gig". ESPN Cricinfo. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.