Neil Lenham, Chief Executive of Newbery, went to school at Brighton College and still holds the all-time English school record of over 1600 runs in a single season. Not a bad record to hold!
He went on to play for Sussex CCC from 1984-1997, scoring over 10,000 first class runs including 20 centuries. He also went on to be captain of the young England team.
Neil retired through injury and became Marketing and Business Manager of Sussex CCC from 1998-2009, before taking over as Chief Executive of John Newbery Ltd. in 1999 to the present day.
Neil had his first ever bat made by John Newbery himself in 1969 and used John’s and Newbery’s bats throughout career. When Tim Keeley took over the company after John’s death, Tim continued to use the skills and experience learnt from the great man and he continues the great tradition of hand crafting the bats for many of the world’s greatest batsmen.
Neil says of working with Newbery: “It is a great joy to run a company specialising in craftsmanship, traditional skills and continuing to manufacture in the country that invented the game. To have the ultimate belief that the products you are making are the very best is important. The protective equipment is made in the same style as the bats, with quality and style coming first.
We are based at the County Ground, Sussex, three of us in the office, Alan Hansford, ex-Sussex bowler controlling how much I spend and Michael Gould looking after the operational side (sad really, I played cricket with his father for years, even remember having a beer when he was born, Gunner didn’t want to go home!).
The company is in good shape, the brand strong even expanding into the world of top end leisure clothing, but still concentrating on making the very best products to play cricket with.”
If you’d like to talk to Neil about anything Newbery related, then call him on 01273 775 770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org