Advisory Board

David Fraser  - ()

Honorary President -  David Fraser lives in Kent (with his wife Denise and children Charles and Georgina) and brings to Lashings XI not only a good understanding of the game of cricket, (being pretty mean with the willow and latterly even meaner as a qualified umpire) but also a wealth of management and business experience from his background of heading numerous companies. David provides sound marketing and commercial advice offered in the spirit and ethos of the club:- be professional, be responsible and definitely have fun. At a recent meeting David enquired of the Chairman about his remuneration in the position as Honorary President; David was dismayed by the Chairman’s response "double what you got last year"!!!

David Folb ()

Chairman - Businessman and entrepreneur and renowned as a sporting PR guru, David is the owner and founder of the Lashings empire and the driving force behind what is arguably the world’s greatest cricket team. What he may lack in cricketing ability has been more than compensated by the huge sponsorship deals that have been negotiated to launch Lashings XI on to the world stage.

Born in Kent and a former pupil at Sutton Valence School,David has an obsession for many sports but it is cricket that really captured his imagination and holds his main passion. "Folby" spends much of his time travelling on cricket business and running his Lashings group. He is also a doting father to Buddy, Lashing’s renowned "Head of Security" and possibly the most travelled dog in English cricket.

Phil Higgins ()

Advisory Board member - Phil has known David Folb since their schooldays at Sutton Valence School;(the school photo, taken back in 1970, which you can see here, shows a 12 year old David sitting at the feet of his first prefect!) Phil has played cricket for The Mote CC and Rumwood CC. He started playing for the Old Suttonians CC in 1964 when he was only 12. A friend of Phil once unkindly described his slow leg-spin bowling as "flighted filth" and his batting as a series of "vile mows"!!!! Phil has been a member of the MCC since 1977, he has passed all the Umpiring exams and hopes to become a fully qualified Umpire soon. He has 2 sons at Sutton Valence School, Simon is 16 and has already played for the school 1st XI, and James aged 15. Phil first played for Lashings in 1998 and always gained huge pleasure from playing with many legends of the game of cricket he had previously only watched in Test matches from the Lords pavilion. Phil joined the Lashings XI Advisory Board in 1999 and is proud of his association with David Folb and the Club. He brings a shrewd and balanced approach to the Club’s activities.

Alvin Kallicharan - Team Manager and Advisory Board member -

Alvin Kallicharran is a true legend of the Test arena. Born in 1949 in Paidama, British Guiana, Alvin played 66 Test matches for the West indies averaging 44.4 and 31 One Day Internationals averaging 34.4. He also played for Warwickshire, Queensland, Transvaal and Orange Free State in a first class cricket career spanning many years. At the age of 16 Alvin became the youngest player ever to represent Guyana in the Shell Shield and he marked his Test debut in 1971 with a century against New Zealand. He was very proud to have captained the West Indies. What many regard as his finest Test innings was shrouded in controversy. Having made 142 against England at Port of Spain he was apparently run out by Tony Greig after the last ball of the day had been bowled. After howls of protest from the crowd he was re-instated to continue his innings the next day. Lashings XI are honoured and delighted that Alvin is working with us as Team Manager.

Ron Thomas - Advisory Board  member -

Ron Thomas is an Engineer and spent many years traveling round the UK working at various Power Stations. He therefore played rugby for many clubs in his travels including Didcot, Oxford, Guernsey, Newcastle Gosforth and Medway. During this time he was honoured to be selected for numerous invitation games; perhaps the two highlights were playing for a Berkshire County XV against Holland and an England Representative XV against an Old Ireland XV. Since 1991 Ron has been involved in the design and build of the construction elements connected with the Media facilities and infrastructure for major world sports events of cricket, football, table-tennis, cycling and rugby union.

Ron has been a friend and supporter of David for many years and has sponsored him in whatever capacity was required in his efforts to encourage him and promote both local sport and the developement of the "Worlds Greatest Cricket Team". Having supported David for so long he considers his support and the support of other Advisory Board members and friends to be at the heart of the success of the organisation. Rons wishes David and Lashings XI continued success through these exciting times.

Roger Dakin - Deputy Chairman  ()

Roger Dakin was born in 1943 in East Grinstead. Roger was the England hockey goalkeeper from 1973 to 1978 and is proud of his 31 England caps. Roger continued his association with the national side when he went on to coach the England Indoor hockey team for 4 years. He played his club hockey for East Grinstead (for over 30 years) and Tulse Hill and coached the East Grinstead club side to success in the National Championships. Roger was the Public Relations Director of the World Hockey Cup that was held in London in 1986, and he became Chairman of the National Hockey Tournament Organising Committee from 1986 to 1990. He was awarded the National Award of Merit for services to hockey. 

Roger has played club cricket at East Grinstead for 46 years as a hard hitting no 6 bat and "non-turning" off spinner. He captained the 1st XI for 4 years and played for over 25 years in the Sussex League. He has been on the committee of East Grinstead CC in most capacities for over 35 years.  Roger plays golf off a handicap of 26 where he tries hard to ignore shouts of "el bandito"!!  

Roger has been speaking, auctioneering and MC’ing dinners and functions of all types for over 25 years. Among the sporting occasions he has worked at include the benefits of Alec Stewart, Ian Botham, Mike Gatting, Mark Ramprakash, Ronnia Irani, Peter Such, Mark Illott, John Emburey and Mike Rosebery. Having been involved in all sports for over 40 years Roger is delighted to be involved with the tremendous Lashings team. It is his intention to help both Lashings XI and their opponents to increase their enjoyment of the game and their income.