Keith Pont – Chairman
A former Director of Cricket Development at the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) from 1998-2005, Keith Pont is renowned for his energy, drive and empathy for community cricket. Under his leadership and direction during those 7 years, the ECB’s Development Department quickly earned a reputation for its dynamic partnership approach with government, schools and clubs, delivering against the real issues relating to participation and enjoyment in cricket at ‘grass roots’ levels through community and school curricula activities. Keith Pont is also the non-Executive Chairman of On-Side Cricket Ltd.
Darrell Hair – Deputy Chairman
Appointed to the Australian National Umpires Panel in 1990, Darrell Hair achieved International status in 1992. Since then he has umpired 76 Test Matches, 57 Sheffield Shield (Pura Cup) matches and 131 One Day Internationals, including two World Cups. He joined the ICC Elite Panel in 2003 and remained on it until that day in August 2006 at the Oval when he and Billy Doctrove – quite correctly – awarded a win to England in the Third Test Match against Pakistan. Hair is also an acknowledged exponent of the art of umpire training and the interpretation and application of the Laws of Cricket. A past President of the New South Wales Cricket Umpires’ Association – with whom the Institute of Cricket Umpires & Scorers is working in a close joint-venture development partnership – he was also, for several years, a senior member of both its Training and Technical Committees and, from June 2001 to June 2003 was NSWCUSA’s Umpire Development Officer. Darrell is President of the Institute of Cricket Umpires & Scorers
Naval Heeramaneck FCA, CTA
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Naval Heeramaneck has been in general practice as a sole practitioner since 1970 specialising in small and medium sized companies and has numerous international clients. He became involved with the creation of the Community Cricket Consortium in September 2005 and organised the incorporation of its three constituent companies, International Community Cricket Trust Limited, On-Side Cricket Limited (OSCL) and the Institute of Cricket Umpires & Scorers Limited (IICUSL); in the case of the latter playing a major role in obtaining its Institute status from the Department of Trade & Industry. More recently, Naval has worked closely with Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, the Consortium’s lawyers, to obtain International Community Cricket Trust’s registered charity status. Naval Heeramaneck is also the Finance Director of both IICUS and OSCL.
A seasoned British diplomat with many years experience of operational delivery, policy and contact-making both in Whitehall and abroad, Nick Carter’s career has featured a number of business and aid-related positions, including a spell with an international bank. He returned to the UK to take up a pre-retirement, London-based, senior post with the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) in October 2006 after three and a half years as Deputy-Governor in Bermuda. Before Bermuda, his 40+ years’ career with the Foreign Office took him to the Far East, South Asia, and across Europe, including the pre-Soviet communist states of Eastern Europe. Not all his postings have been in countries where cricket is normally played – although he did enjoy the experience of scoring a century at the Bombay Gymkhana; and of playing in Malaysia with and against David Gower and the late Fred Trueman.