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Durham University comment on Palatinate story: Yorkshire County Cricket Club

The student newspaper, Palatinate, today (Wednesday 10 November) carries a story on recent issues at Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC), a complex and legal matter.  The story has several inaccuracies which have been highlighted to Palatinate by the University.

Our CFO, Stephen Willis, was a voluntary and unpaid non-Executive Director at YCCC and a member of the Independent Panel that considered the legal investigation into allegations of racism at the Club. He joined the Panel for the purposes of providing organisational context to the matter they were considering. 

He resigned from his position on the YCCC board on Wednesday of last week (3 November) because he was not convinced that all those charged with the responsibility of delivering important recommendations to improve equality, diversity and inclusion at the club shared his sense of urgency to take action.

Palatinate submitted an enquiry to the University this week regarding Stephen’s involvement. This submitted enquiry was based on incorrect assumptions and second hand reports, recycled from other media sources. The University corrected inaccuracies in the interests of factual and balanced reporting.

For legal reasons, the University was and is unable to supply further information about YCCC matters.

The University has further highlighted inaccuracies in the published Palatinate text.  These inaccuracies have not yet been addressed.

The following University statement was provided to Palatinate for their original story.  

“Stephen Willis’ membership of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Board as an unpaid Non-Executive Director was undertaken in a personal and voluntary capacity. 

“He resigned from his post because he was not convinced that all those charged with the responsibility of delivering important recommendations to improve equality, diversity and inclusion at the club shared his sense of urgency to take action.

“Durham University has no comment to make on the matter. 

“We believe everybody has the right to work and live in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment.

“Stephen Willis is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion in and outside the workplace and it is integral to his values. He is a highly regarded colleague of the utmost integrity.”



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