Our Board

The Board comprises 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.

Ian Watmore

Ian Watmore

Chair

Ian has a distinguished record in sport, business and public life. A lifelong cricket fan, he attended his first match in 1968, and two of his sons played at Lindow CC in Cheshire. He began his career with Andersen Consulting/Accenture, rising to become the firm’s youngest ever UK managing partner and from 2000-04 he served as the first CEO of Accenture UK. He moved into the Civil Service and was a Permanent Secretary at 10 Downing Street from 2005 to 2007, before moving to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and then the Cabinet Office. In 2016 he was appointed by the Queen to chair the Board of Civil Service Commission, a post he holds until 2021 where he assures 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, including overseeing the launch of the Women’s Super League. He was a member of the England 2015 Rugby World Cup Board, and has also been a board member of the English Institute of Sport and an independent non-executive director of the English Football League. He has been a Church Commissioner, chair of the Migraine Trust and a non-executive director at the Office of the Information Commissioner.

Baroness Amos

Valerie Amos

ECB Board – Independent Non-Executive Director

Baroness Valerie Amos is a highly accomplished international leader. She served in the Cabinet first as Secretary of State for International Development in 2003 and then as Leader of the House of Lords. She then became Britain’s High Commissioner to Australia before going on to work as Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations from 2010 until 2015, championing the needs of those affected by conflict and natural disasters around the world. She was Director, SOAS University of London, from 2015-2020 and now sits on the Board of a number of foundations alongside her position as Master of University College Oxford which she took up in 2020. Her work has been instrumental in furthering equality across the globe and this was recognised in 2016 when she was honoured for her distinguished record of public and international service and was made a Companion of Honour. As a life-long cricket fan, she has a genuine love for the game and is keen to use her passion to help deliver change.

Katie Bickerstaffe

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.

Martin Darlow

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 Chair of Southill Park CC, and is a qualified active cricket umpire and coach.

Alan Dickinson

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 Chair of the listed property company Urban & Civic plc. Alan is Chairof 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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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. Passionate about the role sport can play to inspire current and future generations, Tom 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 increasing participation. He is a values-led leader, who strives to grow the game through setting ambitious goals and empowering his staff to reach their full potential. Before joining the ECB, Tom was Senior Vice President at sports marketing giant, IMG, where he ran the UK’s media business. Prior to that Tom was IMG’s lead in Singapore, with overall responsibility for South and South East Asia. He also spent four years with pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports. Born in England, Tom was brought up in South Africa, returning to the UK aged 14. He is a former First Class cricketer having played for both Northamptonshire and Derbyshire. Away from sport, Tom is on the Board of Patrons for the National Citizen Service (NCS), a national social development programme committed to building stronger local communities for young people. Tom is also a Board Member of ‘Sports United Against Dementia’ (SUAD), which is connected to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Ron Kalifa

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 more than ten years including its divestment into private equity ownership in 2010. He served as CEO and as Vice Chairthereafter, 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.

Barry O'Brien

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.

Lucy Pearson

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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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 and Integrity, Information and 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.

Brenda Trenowden

Brenda Trenowden CBE

ECB Board – Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Brenda 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 organisation that 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.

Jim Wood

Jim Wood

In 2014, as Chairman of Devon County Cricket Board, 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.