Top left to right:  Ron Paterson, Lyndon Thomas, Chris Harris, Bill Allen

Bottom left to right:  Ken Merchant, Alan Porter, Jeff Barnes


Biographical Notes on the Trustees


Bill Allen OBE

Bill is a retired General Dental Practitioner who also served as Chairman of Council and President of the British Dental Association and a Councillor of the World Dental Federation.

A past Chairman of The Cricket Society.

He played cricket for The Society and his village Wickham Bishops until 2009.

He is a member of the MCC.

A member of Essex CCC.

And remains an enthusiastic advocate for leg-spin bowling.


Jeff Barnes (Treasurer)

Jeff is an Independent Financial Adviser and Managing Director of Grosvenor Beaumont Financial Services Limited.

Also Managing Director of Guidepost Investments Limited.

Still playing cricket for his local club Potters Bar where he is also the club chairman.

A qualified cricket coach and qualified cricket umpire.

Secretary and Treasurer of the Middlesex Cricket  Coaches Association.

A member of the Cricket Society Executive Committee.

An associate member of the Cricket Writers Club.

A member of Middlesex CCC

A member of Surrey CCC.


Chris Harris

Chris Is an industrial statistician providing consultancy and training in the field of quality improvement.

He has been a consultant to the Ford Motor Company (approved trainer) and its supply base since 1982 and to the Mars Organisation since 1985.

During this time many other companies, both home and abroad, and in industries  such as engineering, pharmaceutical, snack foods, electronics, aerospace, pet food, packaging, chemical, vending, police, retail, finance, plastics, cement & concrete, F1 motor racing and government (Department of Social Security) have become clients.


Geoff Hastings


Ken Merchant (Secretary)

Ken has been a Trustee and the Secretary since the Trust was formed.

Prior to his retirement he was the European Commercial Director of a major International Shipping Group.

He is an Executive member of Essex CCC,

A member of Nottinghamshire CCC,

A member of Yorkshire CCC.

A member of the MCC.

a Life member of Scarborough CC.

Outside of cricket he is a radio presenter and the Chairman of Southend Hospital Radio Services.


Ronald Paterson (Chairman)

Ronald Paterson is a Solicitor and a Partner in Eversheds L.L.P.

He learnt to play cricket in Edinburgh nearly 50 years ago and has been playing ever since.

He is a member of numerous cricket clubs and the MCC.

And of the Membership and General Purposes Committee of the MCC.


Alan Porter  

Alan is a retired auctioneer and estate agent and  lives in Spalding, Lincs.

He played cricket at school, in the Forces and at a local level.

He is a Life member of Lincolnshire CCC,

A Patron member of Nottinghamshire CCC

A member of Surrey CCC.

He was instrumental in establishing the Fred Trueman National Schools League.

He is also a Past President of Rotary.