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About the England and Wales Cricket Board

The England and Wales Cricket Board was established on January 1, 1997 as the single national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales.

It has its headquarters at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

The formation of the ECB was the culmination of a drive towards creating, for the first time, one unified body responsible for the management and development of every form of cricket for men and women.

This included clubs, schools, juniors and youth, disabilities cricket, representative, first class and international cricket - the whole game from playground to the Test arena.

The ECB took over the responsibilities carried out for some 30 years by the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB), the National Cricket Association (NCA) and the Cricket Council, all of which ceased to exist.

In April 1998 the Women’s Cricket Association (WCA) was also integrated into the organisation.

The formation of the ECB followed two years of research into how cricket in England and Wales could be better organised to attract more players to the game, raise standards at all levels and promote cricket as a spectator sport.

The ECB structure

Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the ECB rests with the executive management team who report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, with each enjoying a high degree of functional delegated authority.

The CEO, in turn, reports to the Chair of the ECB Board. 

An Executive committee chaired by the CEO is responsible for delivering the ECB’s strategic plans and three other committees (Cricket, Audit, Risk and Governance, and Regulatory) are actively responsible for working with the senior management team on policy, planning and strategic issues – plus also at an arm’s length, the Cricket Disciplinary Committee.

The Board is comprised of a Chair, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, three Independent Non-Executive Directors, five Cricket Non-Executive Directors, the CEO and the CFO. Sir Andrew Strauss will also attend Board meetings in a non-voting capacity.

ECB Management Board  

Board of Directors

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Ian Watmore

Chair 

Ian Watmore has a distinguished record in sport, business and public life. Born in Kent in 1958, he has a degree in mathematics and management studies from Cambridge. A lifelong cricket fan, he played the game at school and attended his first match in 1968. His sons played at Lindow Cricket Club in Cheshire.

After beginning his career as a graduate trainee in 1980, he spent 24 years with Andersen Consulting/Accenture. He rose to become the firm’s youngest ever UK managing partner and helped lead it to become the FT Global 500 business that Accenture is today. Between 2000 and 2004 he served as the CEO of Accenture UK.

He moved into the Civil Service and was Permanent Secretary at 10 Downing Street from 2005 to 2007, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills between 2007 and 2009, and at the Cabinet Office from 2010 to 2012. In 2016 he was appointed by The Queen to chair the Board of Civil Service Commission, a post he holds until 2021. In this role he ensures the UK team is impartial and that appointments are made openly, fairly and on merit. He has reported to five Prime Ministers.

Ian was Chief Executive of the Football Association in 2009 to 2010 and during his time there he oversaw the creation of the Women’s Super League. He went on to become a member of the England 2015 Rugby World Cup Board, and the All Schools rugby charity.

He has also been a board member of the English Institute of Sport, Director for Altrincham FC’s Community Sports Hall project and an independent non-executive director of the English Football League. He previously advised Quantum Sports, the sports management business that looks after his footballer son Duncan.

He has been a Church Commissioner, a non-executive director at the Office of the Information Commissioner and Chair of Trustees at the Migraine Trust charity.

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Brenda Trenowden CBE

ECB Board – Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Brenda Trenowden was appointed to ECB’s Board in 2018 as one of four new Non-Executive Directors.

A Partner in PwC UK within the people consulting practice, she is Global co-chair of the 30% Club - a campaigning organization which advocates increased representation for women in senior leadership roles.

A strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment, her work has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative.

She is also an advisor to the UK Government’s Hampton-Alexander Review for increasing the representation of women in the executive level of the FTSE 350 and a companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Brenda has more than 25 years of experience in capital markets, investment and relationship banking, with sector expertise in financial institutions. Prior to joining PwC Brenda led the Financial Institutions Group in Europe for ANZ Bank and was a member of their UK Management Board. She has also worked for a number of global financial institutions including BNY Mellon, Lloyds Banking Group, BNP Paribas, Peregrine and Citi.

In 2018, Brenda, was awarded a CBE for her services to the financial sector and gender equality.

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Barry O’Brien

ECB Board – Deputy Chair and Cricket Non-Executive Director

Widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading corporate lawyers, Barry was a senior partner with the London-based law firm Freshfields and recently retired as Chair of European M&A at Jefferies, the investment bank.

A Glamorgan committee member since 2007, Barry took over the chairship of his native county in 2011, overseeing the club’s finances, the appointment of a new management team and changes to the club’s governance.

He was appointed an honorary fellow of University College London in 2014, is a governor at Rugby School, a Director of Loch Lomond Golf Club, and was until recently the Chair of Governors for Haggerston Community School in Hackney.

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Tom Harrison

ECB Chief Executive Officer

Tom joined ECB as CEO in January 2015 and brings a lifelong passion for cricket to the role, together with over 20 years of sports business experience across the world.

Renowned as a progressive, value-led, strategic leader, Tom firmly believes cricket can be an enormous force for good in any community. He is passionate about the role sport can play to inspire current and future generations as players, volunteers and fans.

Four years into the role, Tom is driving transformational, positive change across the ECB and the wider game, through commercial excellence and by building strong relationships in and outside the game, delivering landmark partnerships with Sky and the BBC which will enable cricket to have the revenue, reach and exposure to thrive.

Tom also led the formation of ‘Inspiring Generations’, the game’s strategy for 2020-24, which sets out a bold plan for growth across the country into younger and more diverse audiences by seeking to increase participation.

Before joining the ECB, Tom was Senior Vice President at sports marketing giant, IMG, where he ran the company’s media business in the UK. Prior to that Tom was IMG’s lead in Singapore where he managed IMG’s business in South and South East Asia.

He also spent four years with Asian broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) and drove the syndication of multiple major sports properties, including the Olympic Games. This experience has given him a global perspective on the future business models for sports and media rights

Born in England, Tom was brought up in South Africa, returning to the UK aged 14.  He is a graduate of The University of Manchester.

Tom is a former professional cricketer with Northamptonshire and Derbyshire, captained Middlesex Premier League club, Teddington CC, where he is still involved in the club.

Away from sport, Tom is on the Board of Patrons for the National Citizen’s Service (NCS), a national social development programme committed to building stronger local communities for young people. As a Patron his role is to help find ways of offering 15 to 17 year-olds, from all backgrounds in the UK, the chance to have inspirational and life changing experiences. 

Tom is married and has two daughters.

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Delia Bushell

ECB Board – Independent Non-Executive Director

Delia was appointed to ECB’s Board in May 2018, bringing with her more than twenty years’ experience in media, telecoms and sport.

An Oxford University graduate, she rose through the ranks at Sky to become Managing Director of Sky Ireland, Director of Sky Broadband, and then Chief Commercial Officer of Sky Italia, before moving across to BT to lead its media division as Managing Director of BT Sport and BT TV. 

She was previously UK CEO and European COO of Afiniti, an artificial intelligence leader in the US tech sector and Group CEO of the Jockey Club.

She is also a Non-Executive on the Board of Commonwealth Games England, and on the Advisory Board of the Telegraph Media Group.

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Lucy Pearson

ECB Board – Cricket Non-Executive Director

A former England cricketer, Lucy joined ECB’s Board in July 2016. Lucy’s professional career has been in education, and at the time of her appointment to the Board she was Head Teacher at Cheadle Hulme School, being the first woman to hold that position in the school’s 150-year history. She started her career at Wolverhampton Grammar School before moving on to Solihull School and then Wellington College as Deputy Head.

In August 2018, she stood down from her position at Cheadle Hulme School and was appointed as the FA’s Head of Education.

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Jim Wood

Non-Executive Director – ECB Board

In 2014, as Chairman of Devon County Cricket Club, Jim was appointed to the ECB Board by the Recreational Assembly. He resigned from his role with Devon in 2016 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Cricket Director on ECB’s Board following its governance reforms in 2018.

His professional background is in Social Work, having managed a youth offending team and spent eight years being a statutory member of Devon’s Safeguarding Children’s Board.

On ECB’s Board, Jim chairs the Recreational Assembly, and, given his professional background, leads on matters relating to safeguarding including chairing the Safeguarding sub-committee.

He is also a member of the Regulatory, Nominations and Governance committees, together with having an active involvement in the County Partnership Agreement.

Jim maintains a keen interest in grassroots cricket and is President of his home club Exmouth CC.

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Martin Darlow

ECB Board – Cricket Non-Executive Director

Former Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Cricket and then Cricket East (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Huntingdonshire), Martin Darlow was elected to the Board in 2012 as the recreational game representative.

Martin retired from Bedfordshire Police as a senior detective in January 2012 having served for 32 years investigating major and serious crime. He also served as the policing commander for Luton and then Bedfordshire. He collaborated and then led the joint Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Professional Standards.

He is a Chance to Shine Independent Trustee Director, sits on the Lords Taverners Charitable Programmes Committee, and Chairs the ECB Anti-Corruption Committee.

Martin also still plays cricket, is the Chairman of Southill Park Cricket Club, and is a qualified active cricket umpire and coach.

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Alan Dickinson

ECB Board – Cricket Non-Executive Director

Alan is a highly regarded retail and commercial banker having had over 40 years’ experience of high-level roles in retail and corporate banking, including as Chief Executive of RBS UK. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group and Chairman of the listed property company Urban & Civic plc.

Alan is Chairman of ECB’s Audit and Risk Committee having been a member since 2012.

He was formerly Treasurer of Surrey County Cricket Club. 

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Scott Smith

ECB Chief Financial Officer

Scott is Chief Financial Officer and a member of ECB’s Board, responsible for financial reporting and business planning. His work enables the organisation to budget effectively, control expenditure and deliver its revenue objectives.

Scott also leads key business services including Legal & Integrity, Information & Technology and Procurement, as well as the Finance team.

He has over two decades of experience in financial leadership across sectors spanning sport, property, construction and consultancy.

With a classical grounding from PricewaterhouseCoopers, his more recent roles have been in motor racing and sailing’s America’s Cup.

Scott’s experience in sports and his demonstrable leadership skills have helped ECB drive improvement across the game.

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Katie Bickerstaffe

Independent Non-Executive Director

Katie Bickerstaffe joined the ECB's Board in September 2019 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

She has extensive experience managing and transforming businesses and is currently Chief Strategy and Transformation Director at M&S while also serving on their board and operating committee as an executive director. Previously she was Executive Chair of SSE Energy Services (part of SSE Plc).

Prior to this she was Chief Executive of Dixons Carphone Plc (UK and Ireland), having previously worked with many leading global companies including PepsiCo, Unilever and Dyson.

A keen sportsperson, she is passionate about growing cricket, particularly the women's and girls’ game.

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Ron Kalifa

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ron Kalifa is a strategic and operational leader in the field of eCommerce and financial services.

He is Chairman of Network International; a FTSE company and Chairman of FutureLearn.

Ron was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Court of Directors to the Bank of England in June 2019 and is also a member of the Council of Imperial College, London.

Additionally, he is a Non-Executive Director for Transport for London and the England & Wales Cricket The Hundred Board and is an Operating Partner for Advent International.

Ron led Worldpay for over 10 years including its divestment into private equity ownership in 2010. He served as CEO and as Vice Chairman thereafter, remaining as an Executive director until February 2020.

Ron was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year 2018 Honours List for services to financial services and technology.

Members of the ECB

The 41 members of the ECB are:

The Chairs of the 18 First-Class Counties

The Chairs of the 21 County Boards in Non-First Class Counties

The Chair of the MCC

The Chair of the Minor Counties Cricket Association

Summary of Constitutional Changes 2015

Inspiring Generations

Inspiring Generations is the game-wide five-year strategic plan to grow cricket in England and Wales from 2020-24.

The five-year plan will see the whole game united behind a clear purpose: to connect communities and to inspire current and future generations through cricket.

Download and read Inspiring Generations (PDF). 

Annual Review

You can find out more about our recent activity in our 2018-19 Annual Review and our financial statements for 2019-20.

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