David Hodgkiss

David Michael William Hodgkiss OBE (June 1948 [1] – 29 March 2020[2]) was a British administrator and chief executive officer, who was the chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), a professional British cricket team, between April 2017 and March 2020.[3][4]

David Hodgkiss
BornJune 1948
Died29 March 2020(2020-03-29) (aged 71)
OccupationAdministrator and chief executive officer
Known forChairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club, 2017-2020

He had been chief executive of a steel fabrication company, William Hare Group, for which he was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his services to the manufacturing and exporting industry.[3][4] Hodgkiss was awarded the OBE in June 2014.[5] His OBE was awarded as part of the Queen's Birthday list.[6][7]

After he gained his own honours, he continued to applaud others in the field of cricketing, for example, praising Clive Lloyd, when Clive was knighted as a CBE.[8]

Hodgkiss worked for over 20 years at Lancaster Cricket, which was nicknamed the "Red Rose" from Lancaster County's historic symbol. He rose from being a board member, to treasurer and vice-chairman, until he became chairman in 2017.[4] He joined the committee as a member in 1998, made second in command to Michael Cairns OBE in 2013, and elected chair in 2017.[9]

In addition to running his own companies, Hodgkiss had served on the boards of 33 corporations, of which he was still a director of four of them as of March 2020.[1]

He died at the age of 71 after catching COVID-19 in March 2020 during the disease's global pandemic.[3][2] He was the first member of the Commonwealth cricket community to die from the coronavirus illness, according to Farokh Engineer, who lauded Hodgkiss as "he best and the most popular chairman LCCC ever had."[10]


  1. ^ a b "Mr David Michael William Hodgkiss". Endole. March 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "David Hodgkiss: Lancashire CCC chairman dies after contracting coronavirus". BBC Sport. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "David Hodgkiss, Lancashire chairman, dies after contracting coronavirus". ESPNcricinfo. 30 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Lancashire chairman David Hodgkiss dies after contracting coronavirus". The Guardian. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ "The Honours List June 2014: Order of the British Empire - OBE: Look who receives a gong in the latest round of honours". Wales Online. June 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  6. ^ "In full: Queen's Birthday Honours List". The Scotsman. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. ^ The Gazette (PDF) https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/60895/supplement/b13/data.pdf. Retrieved 21 April 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Bardsley, Andrew (27 December 2019). "New Year Honours list 2020: Cricket legend, artist behind iconic Joy Division album cover and Manchester's first openly gay mayor among those honoured: Clive Lloyd, Peter Saville and Carl Austin-Behan are among those honoured - full list of Greater Manchester recipients". Manchester Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  9. ^ Dudley, George (25 April 2017). "Lancashire County Cricket Club appoint David Hodgkiss". Sports Pro Media. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  10. ^ Dani, Bipin (2 April 2020). "Sad to hear cricket's first corona death : Farokh Engineer". The Daily Observer. Retrieved 21 April 2020.