Tom Richardson to stand down as Gloucestershire cricket chief executive
Tom Richardson is to stand down from his post as Gloucestershire chief executive at the end of the 2013 county season.
And the club is already pushing ahead with plans to find a dynamic replacement.
Appointed as successor to Colin Sexstone, Richardson has guided Gloucestershire during good and bad times for 12 years.
He presided over the county's Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy title triumphs in 2003 and 2004 and played an integral part in pushing through a multi-million pound scheme to redevelop the club's Nevil Road headquarters in Bristol.
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Having seen that project through almost to fruition, he feels the time is right for him to stand down and pursue other interests.
Richardson commented: "It is a logical break point as we aim to have completed the development of the pavilion and media centre at the end of July.
"I have hugely enjoyed my time at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and feel privileged to have been involved for so long.
"Clearly getting started on the development has been a major lift for the club and I am really pleased to have played a full part in that.
"There is a real buzz about the place at the moment and whilst, in some ways, it will be sad not to be involved next year it is time for me to move on.
"However, all that said, there is a lot to achieve in order to be ready for both the season and the opening of the pavilion and I am really looking forward to doing all of that."
Gloucestershire chairman Rex Body said: "We are very sorry to see Tom go and greatly appreciate everything he has done for us during his time with the Club.
"We do, however, fully understand his reasons for going at this time.
"Tom's value to Gloucestershire cannot be overestimated, particularly the work he has done on our ground development programme in, at times, extremely difficult circumstances.
"I am extremely grateful to Tom for all that he has achieved for us and I have enjoyed working with him during my years on the executive board and as chairman.
"I am delighted that he will remain associated with the club by taking on a role in our Youth Trust activities once he leaves his post."
Gloucestershire are set to begin the search for a new chief executive as early as next week.
A committee is to be formed to identify Richardson's successor and the requirement is for a chief executive with a commercial background.