Heyhoe-Flint set to make history
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint will make history this week when she becomes the first woman to sit on the MCC’s general committee.
The former England women’s captain is preparing for her Lord’s debut on Wednesday when new MCC president Tom Graveney will also officially begin his new role.
Heyhoe-Flint, a pioneer in breaking down boundaries for women at cricket’s HQ, was one of the first females to become an MCC member when the all-male rule was abolished five years ago.
But the 65-year-old went significantly better in March this year when she was voted in as the 217-year-old club’s first female committee member.
Heyhoe-Flint, also a high-profile public relations figure for football club Wolverhampton Wanderers and president of cricket’s Ladies’ Taverners, is both mindful of the responsibility she is taking on and keen to get on with business.
“I am going to treat it with the respect it deserves and I am really looking forward to it,” she said.
“It is a great opportunity to continue my love of the sport.”
She joins the committee at what she describes as “a fascinating time”, with fresh MCC marketing and branding policy as well as the near £7million refurbishment of the world-famous Lord’s pavilion ongoing.
Heyhoe-Flint can be expected to bring an infectious enthusiasm, business experience and not a little humour to the table - all attributes easily identifiable in her own tongue-in-cheek observation that her arrival coincides with the pavilion’s ‘make-over’.
“It has probably not gone unnoticed that a woman turns up and the first thing that happens is the house gets re-decorated,” she joked.