Lord Woolf to chair Independent Governance Review of ICC

The Right Honourable Lord Woolf of Barnes has agreed to chair the Independent Governance Review of the ICC. He will be supported in his work by PricewaterhouseCoopers [PwC], the international professional services firm.

Lord Woolf has been the Lord Chief Justice in England and Wales until 2005. Before then, he was Master of the Rolls between 1996 and 2000, the second most senior judge in England and Wales.

Woolf was also the first Lord Chief Justice to be the President of the Courts in England and Wales and in addition to his work in the United Kingdom, he has been on the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong since 2003 as well as the President of the Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court since 2007.

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, said:, “We truly aspire to be a well managed and leading global governing body and we are privileged to have Lord Woolf leading this most important governance review.

“There can be no doubt that, in Lord Woolf, the ICC Board has appointed a personality with enormous experience and reputation and by adding in the capability of PwC, it shows how seriously we are taking this exercise.”

Lord Woolf said, “It is a privilege to be invited to undertake this important review that has implications for the whole sport of cricket. I intend to conduct the independent review in a thorough and transparent manner that will draw on experiences and good practices from within and outside cricket.

“I will seek to deliver a report across the wide brief that I have been set as soon as is practicable, noting – of course – the need for effective consultation and the consideration of various viewpoints before any recommendations can be finalised.”

The ICC had identified the need for an independent governance review as one of the key initiatives in its new strategic plan 2011-2015 and it will commence immediately with a scope that includes the following:

  • Clarifying the role and structure of the ICC and its committees to ensure that strategic goals are met effectively and that decision-making is made in the best interests of the game, dealing appropriately with any potential conflicts of interest. This would include consideration of independent committee members and directors
  • The ICC President nomination and election process
  • The Membership categories and criteria for membership
  • The effectiveness of the regulatory environment
  • The Constitutional framework and documents to ensure they are ‘fit for purpose’
  • A review of the ICC Code of Ethics and the process for dealing with investigations into corruption and breaches of ethics by the ICC Ethics Officer.
  • Making recommendations to establish the ICC as a well governed and leading global sporting organisation.

The review will commence with immediate effect and Lord Woolf will be working with PwC to determine a timeframe for the delivery of his report and recommendations. There will be no further public comment from ICC, PwC or Lord Woolf at this time.

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