HKCC President

Message from the President

I wish all Members and their families a safe, healthy and prosperous Year of the Rooster.

2016 has been a challenging Year for the Club, perhaps one of the most challenging in our long history. A number of unforeseen delays with the redevelopment MasterPlan for the extended Clubhouse have resulted in delay of final completion until late in 2017. At the time of writing, it is still not possible to put a precise date on this. A more detailed explanation of the reasons behind this delay will be given at the forthcoming AGM. However, I think Members can already see from the reopened Chater Tavern, associated kitchen, Terrace and Wine Shop that the end product, when it finally comes, will have been worth the wait and inconvenience.

Financially, the Club remains in good shape. Our Capital Accounts are in good order and cash flow on the MasterPlan project is well managed. Our management Accounts remain robust and ahead of budget with sound decision making on fees, pricing and cost control. Despite difficult market conditions, the Club issued two new Corporate Debentures in 2016.

2016 has been another progressive year for Hong Kong Cricket Club in terms of our relationship within the community through a host of different sporting initiatives. The Club continues to offer sports coaching, equipment and facilities to an increased number of schools and associations within Hong Kong. Members are respectfully reminded that such initiatives to promote sport in Hong Kong, as well as being the right thing to do, are a requirement under the spirit and letter of our government lease. I would like to thank all Members who give their time to help with these initiatives.

Congratulations to our Patron Mike Gatting on his appointment as the next Chairman of the MCC World Cricket Committee. He will take up the role in September 2017.

My thanks, as always, to the Chairman, General Committee, Management, Staff and volunteers for their service and efforts on behalf of the membership. In particular, I would like to single out Clara Li for her work as acting General Manager after the departure of our General Manager last year.

Thank you for your continued patronage and patience during this trying time.

 

Christopher D. Pratt, CBE
President