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Women's addition to ECB board

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Rachael Heyhoe-Flint

Rachael Heyhoe-Flint is one of two women who have today been appointed to the ECB board of directors

The ECB today announced that its board has been expanded in size from 12 to 14 members - and will for the first time include two women directors.

The announcement follows a decision taken at the ECB’s recent AGM to appoint two additional members to the board - one representing the women’s game and the second as an additional independent representative.

Former England women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint has been appointed to the board as the women’s game representative, while Jane Stichbury, former Chief Constable of Dorset, has been appointed as an independent director.

The ECB also announced today that Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves will join the board after his nomination was unopposed. He will fill a position which was made vacant by the retirement of the Surrey chairman David Stewart.

Essex chairman Nigel Hilliard, whose term of office recently expired, has been re-nominated to serve on the board and his nomination was also unopposed.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke said: “I am delighted that Jane and Rachael have been nominated to serve on our board.

“Rachael was an outstanding captain of England women and has worked tirelessly on behalf of cricket for many years, particularly for the Lady Taverners.

“Jane was the first woman to be appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary and her knowledge and experience will be invaluable.”

Heyhoe-Flint said: “It’s an enormous honour for us both to be the first women to be nominated to serve on the ECB’s board.

“I am very keen to continue my involvement in the administration of the game and to help maintain the very significant progress the women’s game has made in recent years.”