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ECB appoints special advisors

The growth in women’s cricket, the success of the England women’s team and the growing importance of safety and security within international sport have been recognised by ECB through the expansion of the ECB Board with the appointment of two special advisors to the Board.

Jane Stichbury, CBE and QPM, is Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for the South of England Region. She has responsibility for inspection of 16 forces.

She was previously Chief Constable of Dorset Police for some five and a half years, and a Vice President of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

During her career Jane has been a member or chair of a number of local and national boards: she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Bournemouth University in 2004.

Rachael Heyhoe-Flint

Former captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint played for England from 1960 to 1974

Rachael Heyhoe Flint, OBE DL, became a champion for the cause of women's cricket during her 24-year reign as England player and captain from 1960; she made 51 appearances for England and scored 30 centuries at all levels.

She was partly instrumental in the creation of the first Women's Cricket World Cup in 1973-with the sponsorship of Sir Jack Hayward.

Rachael captained England in the first ever women's match at Lord's in 1976 when they defeated Australia by 8 wickets. Rachael campaigned for nine years to enable women to become members of the MCC; in 1999 she was one of the first 10 women to be named MCC Honorary Life members; since then she has served on the Club's Marketing, Cricket and General Committee.

Rachael was a former PE Teacher and journalist and England hockey international-but for the last 35 years has operated her own Public Relations and Sports Marketing business from her Wolverhampton office; she has served on the Board of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (1997 to 2003) and is still Public Relations Manager at the Club and Trustee of WolvesAid Charity.

In 2001 Rachael became President of the Lady Taverners, (fund raising arm of the cricket charity The Lord's Taverners) - and presided over raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for special needs youngsters. She was awarded an MBE in 1972 and OBE in 2008 for services to cricket.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke commented: “ECB is delighted that Jane and Rachael have agreed to join ECB as their knowledge and experience will greatly strengthen our Board. Womens cricket is one of the fastest growing areas of our sport and I am delighted to welcome our first two female members to our Board meetings.”