Jon Sparkes - Board Chair


VACANCY - Board Secretary


VACANCY - Finance Director

Mark Couch - Recreational Board Director 

Mark is a company Director of Short Run Press Ltd, a local printing firm but has had a passion for sport all his life, even his time at University encompassed his passions for sport and business where he qualified as a teacher in both subjects. Having spent a number of years teaching PE he joined the family business and twenty years later is still moving the SME forward. Time on the sports pitches didn’t end with the office job and he continued to play both hockey and cricket for local clubs and as the legs got tired used his passion to coach and captain various sides, in more recent years this has been cricket related with roles as a coach at Teignmouth & Shaldon CC and South Devon District. Mark has been part of the DCL management committee for many years and joined the DCB in 2017.  Mark has a wife and two sons who also share his interest for sport and the boys have represented Devon at hockey and cricket and Sheridan was part of Devon Disability Cricket for a number of years, whilst now living in Taunton he firmly sees Devon as his home.


Richard Holifield - Recreational Board Director

Jim Parker - Recreational Board Director

Jim has been involved in sport all his life, He played amateur football and managed clubs up to the age of 52.

He is still 'trying' to play cricket at the age of 65 and is in his 53rd year at Barton Cricket Club where he has been first team captain, second team captain, director of cricket and is currently club cricket manager and chairman. He has played for the Devon Seniors and has been fortunate to have toured South Africa, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Canada with them

Jim is a level-two ECB qualified coach and became involved in district and then Devon youth cricket more than 22 years ago. He has coached and managed South area sides and the county u12s side and is currently in charge of the 14s/15s. He was a founder member of the South Devon Coaches Association and is the current chairman of the Devon County Age Groups, He has won local and national awards for services to sport and cricket.

He has been a journalist for almost 50 years, much of that time spent working in the Torbay and South Devon areas. He set up his own media/business consultancy but is currently involved with a new publishing company and is the editor-in-chief of three weekly newspapers, websites and two magazines covering the entire county.

He sits on various business and community bodies in Torbay where he is chairman of the Torbay Together strategic partnership and Sport Torbay. He has a very understanding wife, three children and seven grandchildren.

Alison Davidson - Independent Board Director

Alison has worked in sports management for over 20 years, within National Governing Bodies, charities local authorities and now with University of Exeter. Alison brings experience of sports governance and pathway development with a key strength in developing partnerships. She lives in Somerset with her family, with both her children playing cricket for local clubs and through school.

Clare Linnitt - Independent Board Director

Clare is a founding partner of Beyond Legal, a law firm with offices based in Newton Abbot and Tiverton.  Clare is a family law solicitor with over 20 years’ experience.  She has lived in Devon since childhood and is now married with 2 sons, both of whom are keen cricketers.   Clare helped establish the ladies wine & wickets team at Teignmouth & Shaldon Cricket Club.  She has also managed one of the club’s junior teams for several years with the assistance of her husband, who is a qualified cricket coach.  Clare joined the Devon Cricket Board as a Director in 2019.

Mark Tyler - Independent Board Director

Mark is a Broadcast Journalist who has presented news and sport on BBC Radio Devon and ITV Westcountry. He also enjoyed two seasons as a reporter for the ITV Football programme ‘Saint and Greavsie”.  Most recently Mark spent 5 years as the Communication Manager for Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Cricket is his first love and he now combines a PR and media role at Active Devon with stadium announcer duties for Somerset CCC.  Mark is married to Carolyn and they have 2 children, James and Laura. James plays age group cricket for Devon and both father and son are long suffering supporters of Spurs!