Jamie Cox has been named as the new Chief Executive of Somerset County Cricket Club (SCCC). The 54-year-old Australian, who represented SCCC as a player and captain from 1999 to 2004, led the club to C&G Trophy glory in 2001.
Following his playing career, Cox has held senior roles across several notable organisations, such as the Australian Institute of Sport, Cricket Australia, the South Australia Cricket Association, Cricket Tasmania and St Kilda Football Club.
He was a national selector for Cricket Australia from 2006 to 2011.
Cox returns to Somerset from Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), where he has been Director of Cricket & Operations since September 2021.
“I am deeply honoured to have been chosen for this role to lead Somerset at such an integral time for the club and in the game’s evolution,” Cox said.
“Travelling to the South West has always felt like returning home, and my family and I are excited to be returning to a place where we have enjoyed so many fond memories. Whilst I have loved my time at MCC and leave behind great people, I am looking forward to getting back to Taunton and meeting the players and staff and reacquainting with loyal Members, fans and the South West community.”
Cox will replace Gordon Hollins, who will leave the post of CEO at the end of March.
Commenting on the appointment, SCCC chair, Sir Michael Barber, added: “I am thrilled we have been able to recruit as Chief Executive someone of Jamie Cox’s stature and impressive track record to lead Somerset through the exciting and challenging years ahead.
“Jamie has a stellar career in sport and cricket leadership both in Australia and England. His experience of integrating women’s and men’s sport, for example, is directly relevant to the challenges ahead. At Lord’s he has fulfilled the role of Director of Cricket & Operations which is a position that has included matchday delivery, which is so important to our Members and supporters.
“Of course, his background as a great cricketer and a successful former captain of Somerset are huge assets too. He knows and loves Somerset and the South West, and I am sure our Members and supporters will be delighted to see him return here as Chief Executive. The Board are excited about this appointment and look forward to working with Jamie.”