Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth, an Honorary Life Member of the Forty Club, will be the next President of MCC.
Lord MacLaurin joined the Forty Club as a Life Member in 1975 and was subsequently elected as an Honorary Life Member in 2006.
It was announced at the MCC Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 3 May 2017 that the widely respected businessman and cricket administrator – and former minor counties player – will take up the one-year post on 1 October 2017, succeeding the man who nominated him, current President Matthew Fleming.
Lord MacLaurin has a long association with both MCC and Lord’s Cricket Ground, which began when he was elected as a Playing Member of the Club in 1965. He went on to serve on the Club’s Main committee for three terms, together with spells on the Estates and Marketing committees.
In 1997 he was appointed Chairman of the ECB, a position he held with distinction until 2002, when he stood down and was succeeded by David Morgan.
Ian MacLaurin’s career at Tesco began in 1959 as a management trainee and he rose through the ranks to become a hugely successful Chief Executive and Chairman.
He subsequently become Chairman of Vodafone and has held numerous commercial and educational posts since, including Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire. Knighted in 1989, he became Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth in 1996.