The Union’s chief executive Derek Bowden has announced that he will be resigning from his position in order to start a new job at Essex County Cricket Club.
In a statement released on 4 February, the Union stated: “The Trustee Board would like to thank Derek for his hard work during his 18 months in charge, particularly with regard to the reduction in the organisation’s budget deficit.
“The date of Derek’s departure will be confirmed once a successful handover to an interim Chief Executive can be arranged.
Bowden will be taking up the post of chief executive at Essex County Cricket Club early in the season, which officially begins on 10 April.
Speaking to essexcricket.org.uk, he said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the team at Essex and working with them to create the success that Essex Cricket deserves.”
Bowden was chief executive at Ipswich Town Football Club until 2009. He is currently deputy chairman on the board of directors for Ipswich Building Society, and chairman of the board of trustees at The Junction Cambridge, an arts centre in the south-west of Cambridge.
The announcement comes following controversy surrounding Union staff wages, published in Concrete on 8 January, which was then asked to be removed from the official website. A constitutional amendment was subsequently put forward by Concrete at Union Council on Thursday 24 January.
The amendment proposed that the chief executive be made exempt from certain sections of Staff Protocol which prevent their salary, performance and conditions of employment from being discussed in any meetings or Union publications.
The proposal received 50 votes in favour, 19 against and 11 abstentions, meaning it did not meet the 2/3 majority required to pass a constitutional amendment.
With regards to a replacement, the Union clarified that “the short term plan is to work alongside NUS in seeking an interim successor whilst we do a full recruitment process.”
When approached by Concrete, Bowden declined to comment on his decision.