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Wreford becomes MCC president 20 years after drive for women members bears fruit

Lord's welcomes MCC women and Middlesex women in April Getty Images

Anthony Wreford, a businessman who was a central figure in the drive for MCC to admit women members, will be the next president of MCC. Wreford's nomination for the presidency comes in the same year as the election of the first female members. It has been a long time coming: they have finally reached the top of the club's lengthy waiting list, some 20 years after the change was accepted.

Wreford himself became a member of MCC back in 1971. As well as MCC, he played in club cricket and managed MCC's Tour to Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi in 1998. He has had long service on a variety of MCC committees.

He was chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association from 2009-14 and remains an advisor to golf's European Tour.

After setting up his own communications agency, McAvoy Wreford, he worked for the American marketing and communications group Omnicom in senior roles. He has also served on a number of advisory boards, including British Airways. His current diverse business portfolio includes roles in private equity, asset management and market research.

MCC President, Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth, who nominated Wreford at the MCC annual meeting on Wednesday evening, said: "MCC is both a cricket club and a multi-million turnover business, so it was important to me that my successor has a strong background in both worlds.

"Anthony brings with him considerable commercial experience at the highest level and his cricketing background, through nearly 30 years as a club cricketer and his chairmanship of the PCA, make him well-equipped to command respect in cricketing circles." He will take up the post on October 1 and serve for a period of one year.