The ECB makes Clare Connor Deputy CEO and Managing Director of England Women

Clare Connor has been appointed as deputy chief executive officer at the ECB as she takes on the new role of managing director of the England women’s team that more closely matches Rob Key’s role on the men’s team.

Connor, who captained England from 2000 to 2005, was the ECB’s general manager for women’s cricket for 15 years, becoming interim CEO in June 2022 after Tom Harrison’s term came to an end.

She will start her new roles with immediate effect, with Richard Gould now appointed full-time as chief executive after leaving his most recent role at Bristol City Football Club at the end of January.

The ECB said in a press release that Connor would work closely with Gould on “board-level leadership responsibilities” and that her initial focus would be on managing the “game-wide response” to the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket’s forthcoming report on diversity and inclusion in sport.

Connor said: “It has been a tremendous honor to serve as Interim CEO of the ECB, and I am excited to continue to make a difference in the game in this new role as we strive to become a more inclusive sport. Cricket’s response to the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket’s report will be a pivotal moment for our game and we must use it to change for the better.

“Throughout the many years I’ve worked in cricket to date, I’ve been committed to making our game one that includes and welcomes people from all backgrounds, and that’s what will continue to drive me in everything I do. “

Gould said: “This is a huge year for cricket, with the Ashes for men and women to look forward to, the women’s game is developing so fast and domestic cricket on a rapid growth strategy, while also meeting the challenges of the Independent Commission for Equity to have.” in Cricket report to come.

“I am therefore delighted that Clare has accepted the role of Deputy CEO and MD England Women. She has done an outstanding job as interim CEO, and before that as MD Women’s Cricket. The new role will allow her to continue to lead and influence on the game, allowing us all to benefit from her experience and knowledge.”

Connor’s previous role as general manager of women’s cricket will not be replaced. Beth Barrett-Wild, who oversees the Women’s Hundred, will instead have her remit expanded and become director of the professional women’s game.


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