Sheldon will take up the post on 1 January. A former director of the publishers, Hodder and Stoughton, 42-year-old Sheldon played cricket for Durham University and Sussex Young Cricketers and has a background in sales, marketing and general management.
Woodman, 48, started a three-year contract in February 1993, but his term of office was marked by membership unrest and dressing-room dissatisfaction. Geoff Arnold left Surrey as coach in November 1993 and was replaced by Grahame Clinton - but he resigned earlier this autumn.
Woodman said in a letter, announcing his decision: "I was brought in three years ago and my brief was to run the club on a modern businesslike basis, while recognising that it was still a members' club. This was a difficult and not always popular task, not made easier by having to serve under three separate chairmen in three years. I worked well with all three but their views on the club were different."Reuse content