Warwickshire County Cricket Club are set to lose two key figures behind the scenes as Phil Macdonald and James McLaughlin head for pastures new.

Mr Macdonald, who was project director for the recent £32 million redevelopment of the Pavilion End of Edgbaston, will leave in April, his part in the transformation of the stadium now complete.

With the Bears for more than 20 years in a variety of roles, he was instrumental in several major projects.

Before overseeing the Pavilion End masterplan, he orchestrated the building of the Eric Hollies Stand and the Indoor Centre and his input into shaping the stadium as it is today has been warmly saluted by chief executive Colin Povey.

“Quite simply, without Phil’s contribution we would not have delivered the redevelopment on time and below budget,” Mr Povey said. “He has done an outstanding job.”

While the club will save a significant salary by not replacing Macdonald, the sizeable challenge of grappling with Warwickshire’s £20 million debt to the city council will be at the top of the in-tray of whoever succeeds Mr McLaughlin as commercial director.

After almost six years at Warwickshire, he has been appointed chief executive of Cure Leukaemia, the Birmingham-based charity with whom the county club has long-standing close links.