Iftkhar Ahmed – Chair

Iftkhar was appointed as Chair of the Members’ Committee in 2022 having served on the Committee since 2019. His current and second term of office runs until 2025, eligible for one further term.

Iftkhar is a Solicitor and Partner at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP where he leads the major corporates group. He has been involved in some of the significant developments in Birmingham, including the Grand Hotel and HSBC’s HQ at Arena Central.

Committees: Board, Members (Chair), Nominations, Masterplan

Courtney Rowlands

Courtney was elected to the Member’s Committee in 2019 and was appointed to the Board in 2022. Her current and second term of office runs until 2025, eligible for one further term.

Courtney is an Operations Manager in Trade Finance at Lloyds Banking Group, and she has previous experience in independent retail and as a recruitment consultant.

Having grown up in the United States, Courtney was gripped by cricket during the 1993 Ashes series whilst she was studying at the University of St Andrews. She moved to Birmingham in 2011 and immediately became a Warwickshire Member, having been a member at Trent Bridge since 2005.

Committees: Board, Members, Remuneration

Asif Din

Asif was re-elected to Members’ Committee in 2022 and current term ends in 2025, eligible for one further term.

First elected to former General Committee 2001, Asif is a former member of Cricket Committee in 2018. The Bears legend enjoyed a long and successful playing career with the Club, from 1981 to 1995. In total he scored over 6,500 first-class runs and was part of the famous treble winning side in 1994.

He is a Life Member at Warwickshire. Away from cricket, he is a Business Development Manager.

Committees: Members, Cricket Audit, Heritage Group

Marina Doward

Marina was elected to the Members’ Committee in 2019 and current term ends in 2025, eligible for one further term.

Marina is a Senior HR Manager at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, specialist in organisational development projects and training/coaching with a focus on staff health and well-being.

Marina is currently Chair of the Morris Centre, a not for profit private leisure centre for NHS staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Marina started watching cricket at Edgbaston as a Junior Bear Member and joined the Committee to ensure that Members’ views are reflected in the Club’s decision making.

Committees: Members, Heritage Group

Lachlan Smith

Lachlan was elected to Members’ Committee in 2022 and current term ends in 2025, eligible for two further terms.

Lachlan is Chair of Birmingham Unicorns Cricket Club, only the second-ever fully inclusive LGBTQ+ cricket club in the world.

He served as Club Secretary at Weoley Hill before starting the Unicorns in 2020. Lachlan is passionate about inclusivity and diversity in cricket, and this extends to his professional life where he is Director of Cloud Chamber, a research and evaluation consultancy that works with the charitable and higher education sectors.

He has worked in the civil service, higher education, local and state governments in the UK and Australia as well as serving as Vice-Chair of Birmingham LGBT, the largest LGBT charity in the Midlands, during a time of significant expansion and growth.

Committees: Members

Ibrar Hussain

Ibrar was elected to the Members’ Committee in 2022 and current term ends in 2025, eligible for two further terms.

Ibrar has worked in Health and Social Care management for several years working with Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. Ibrar has a degree in International Relations and a Masters in International Conflict, Security and Development. Alongside his career, Ibrar is still working in academia by undertaking a PhD in Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham with his focus on bringing professionals together to improve practice in Integrated Care and has sat on the Graduate Research Board and a number of committees.

Ibrar has grown up in inner-city Birmingham, as a cricket fanatic, and he’s committed to using his role on the Members’ Committee to help the Club build closer relationships with the local community. Ibrar is passionate about inclusion, participation, equality and diversity and has been involved with Sport Birmingham and the Warwickshire Access Team in the past.

Committees: Members

Elizabeth Homer

Elizabeth was elected to Members’ Committee in 2022 and current term ends in 2025, eligible for two further terms.

Elizabeth retired six years ago following a 35-year career in the NHS as a medical secretary and Paediatric Admin Manager. She is an active member of her local church, leading the children’s work and heading up the Pastoral Care team. She helps to run a Toddlers group and works with vulnerable and disadvantaged young families.

Elizabeth was introduced to Warwickshire by her late father who brought her to her first game at Edgbaston in her early teens, where she fell in love with the game and the place. That was almost 50 years ago and cricket has been a major part of her life ever since.

As someone with a lifelong disability herself, she is particularly keen to represent Members with mobility and access issues, and to help the Club in seeking to make Edgbaston as accessible as possible for everyone.

Committees: Members

Stuart Brereton

Stuart was elected to the Members’ Committee in 2022 and current term ends in 2025, eligible for two further terms.

Stuart was born and raised in Birmingham and has had a keen interest in cricket since a young age. With his family, Stuart regularly attends Vitality Blast matches and more recently Birmingham Phoenix match days.

Professionally, Stuart’s background is in the IT sector where he has held numerous roles, he is currently a Linux System Administrator and runs his own IT company.

He’s keen to use his skills and experience to act as a voice for Members and to help grow the Membership base within the grass-roots of the game.

Committees: Members

Paul Warren

Paul spent 12 years on the General Committee before moving on to the inaugural Members’ Committee. He is currently serving his final term which ends in 2023.

Paul has been a Warwickshire Member for nearly 40 years, and has visited every first-class cricket ground in the country, as well as several abroad.

Professionally, Paul spent 34 years working in telecoms and IT,  highlights of which included working on the London 2012 Olympics and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Committees: Members, Heritage Group

Jeremy Payne

Jeremy was elected to the Members’ Committee in 2017 and current term ends in 2024.

Jeremy was first elected to former General Committee in 2002 and was previously Chair of Audit Committee from 2015 to 2018.

A former Partner and UK MD of Cushman & Wakefield, Jeremy has over 40 years’ experience in the property industry. He is also Chairman of the Governors at Edgbaston High School for Girls.

Committees: Members, Audit & Risk

If you have any questions for the Members’ Committee, please email memberscommittee@edgbaston.com.