Richard Cousins, the businessman killed in a seaplane accident in Sydney on New Year’s Eve, was being lined up as an independent director of the England & Wales Cricket Board.
Mr Cousins, his sons Edward (23) and William (25), fiancée Emma Bowden and her daughter Heather Bowden-Page, 11, were killed in an accident on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney on New Year’s Eve.
Mr Cousins was an avid cricket fan and was in Australia partly to watch the Ashes. The Barmy Army held a minute’s silence at their cricket match in Sydney on Wednesday.
The ECB has recently ratified a new structure for its executive board introducing wholly independent members to meet with Sport England guidelines and it is understood Mr Cousins was on a shortlist to join the governing body this year.
Mr Cousins was chief executive of the catering company the Compass Group but was due to retire in March. He was a member of Surrey County Cricket Club.
In a statement, Richard Thompson, the Surrey chairman, said: “Having met Richard last month, we talked at length about his desire to become more involved with Surrey CCC after his retirement.
“We saw a lot of him in 2017 and would have seen a lot more in the years to come had it not been for this appalling tragedy. Surrey have lost a great friend and partner. I will personally miss his support and what he still had to offer Surrey and the game of cricket.”