The former chief constable of Sussex, Martin Richards, has joined the board of the county cricket club.
Mr Richards, 57, was elected at the Sussex Cricket annual general meeting (AGM) earlier this week and becomes a non-executive director in place of Jim May.
Mr May’s successor as chairman – he held the post for more than eight years – will be decided at the next board meeting in April.
John Abbott becomes president, succeeding David Bowden, and former captain John Barclay was re-elected to the board along with former treasurer Simon Crundwell. The three non-executives will serve for three years until the end of March 2020.
After the formal part of the AGM at the County Ground, in Hove, when individual members and affiliated club members approved the 2016 accounts, an open forum was held.
Members put questions Mr May, chief executive Rob Andrew, director of cricket Keith Greenfield, head coach Mark Davis and captain Luke Wright.
Among the topics discussed were the club’s prospects in the coming year and the future shape of cricket in England and Wales.
Mr May said: “I am very fortunate to have been part of a transformational period for Sussex and I hand on the baton with great confidence to my successor and to Rob Andrew, our new chief executive.
“Luke Wright will be leading a strong Sussex squad into the new season and the integrated Sussex Cricket organisation is very well placed to adapt to whatever changes take place in English cricket.”