Former Warwickshire batsman Jonathon Webb has landed a job as a marketing executive with the England and Wales Cricket Board with the support of the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
Webb won a PCA Personal Development Scholarship Award earlier this year and the interview experience he gained from that selection process and the support of Lynsey Williams and Charlie Mulraine, two of the PCA’s team of Personal Development and Welfare Managers, helped him to secure the Lord’s-based post which he will start on October 3.
“As it turned out the job interview with the ECB was less scary than presenting in front if four people in a board room for the PCA Scholarship Awards,” Webb said.
“I’m so glad that I entered the Scholarship Awards and at times like this you realise how good the PCA is at supporting you.
“Lynsey has been there through the whole process and she has helped massively. Charlie did a mock interview with me to help prepare me for the ECB interview. The support has been absolutely brilliant, you are not just left on your own to get on with it.”
Webb, 24, was released by Warwickshire in May and had trials with Derbyshire and Gloucestershire before he decided to apply for the ECB role having gained previous valuable experience working in Warwickshire’s commercial team and for Class Creative; the agency who designed the new Birmingham Bears crest and club websites earlier this year.
“I think not playing will probably hit me next February-March time. My body clock is used to that. But I didn’t want to be in the same position two or three years down the line and the ECB job was almost too good an opportunity to turn down.” Webb said.
“All I wanted to do was play cricket and I had some great experiences and opportunities in the four years I was with Warwickshire.
“I have had a lot great memories. Being part of Birmingham Bears’ NatWest T20 Blast winning side is something that I will always cherish. Some people go a whole career without getting a trophy or having a day like that.
“So that has made it a bit easier. I think if I hadn’t played in the first team it would have been a harder decision. But it’s almost a relief. I have got something new to go into and I am really excited about it.”