Our Executive

Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the ECB and delivering the strategic plans rests with the executive management team who report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison. The CEO, in turn, reports to the Chair of the ECB Board.

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Clare Connor CBE

Interim Chief Executive Officer

A former England cricket captain, Clare led England women to a first Ashes win in 42 years in 2005 before retiring the following year with more than 100 international appearances to her name. Clare became Interim Chief Executive Officer in June 2022. Prior to that she was ECB’s Managing Director of Women’s Cricket with responsibility for grassroots cricket through to the England team. She was previously Director of England Women’s Cricket in which she oversaw a transformational period for the game including a double triumph by England women in two ICC global events and the Ashes in 2009, the introduction of professional contracts for 18 players in 2014 and the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup win at Lord’s. A former English teacher at Brighton College, Clare has also covered cricket in the broadcast and print media. The first female appointee to the ICC’s Cricket Committee in 2009, Clare was appointed to the Board of Sport England in 2010 and she currently Chairs the ICC’s Women’s Cricket Committee. She has been awarded the MBE, OBE and CBE for her services to women’s sport. She is also President of the MCC until October 2022.

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Claire Dale

Director of People & Culture

Claire joined the ECB in 2016, becoming our Director of People & Culture in 2020. The first People Director to sit on the Executive team, her wide remit sees her and her team recruit and nurture the best talent; look after the ongoing wellbeing of our people; and provide development opportunities that encourage everyone to bring their best every single day. Experienced in all aspects of HR, Claire has a specialism in organisational change, making her especially well positioned to lead the People strategy at this time within the organisation. Her career at the ECB has also seen her act as a key part of a leadership team that delivered the successful ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in 2017, followed by the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2019. Before joining the ECB, Claire was Head of HR at the British Horse Racing Authority from 2005-2015.

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David Mahoney MBE

Chief Operating Officer

Since January 2019, David has been Chief Operating Officer at ECB, responsible for leading the strategic, administrative and operational functions of the organisation. Prior to this, he was the ECB’s Chief Strategy Officer, focusing on strategy and public policy. He was awarded an MBE for services to sport in the 2021 New Year’s Honours. Before joining ECB, David held a number of senior roles at Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, including Chief Advisor to its CEO. He held several other senior roles at Ofcom including latterly setting up a new policy team within the Strategy Group. He was also seconded into Government in 2009 as a Director of the Digital Britain Report, which examined the transformational nature of digital technologies and the policy responses needed as a result. He qualified as a lawyer and specialised in competition and media law before joining Ofcom. A keen sports fan and player, David was appointed to the Sport England Board in October 2019 and is serving his first three-year term.

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Kate Miller

Chief Diversity and Communications Officer

Kate joined the ECB in July 2019. As Chief Diversity and Communications Officer she is responsible for leading and developing the organisation’s equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy, and supporting the wider game in their own delivery of EDI. She also leads the corporate and consumer communications functions, working to promote the work of the ECB and its stakeholders to cricket’s new and existing audiences. Kate holds extensive experience in the public and private sector, delivering external affairs strategies for global and local organisations.

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Sanjay Patel

Managing Director for The Hundred

As Managing Director of The Hundred, Sanjay is responsible for the ECB’s eight-team domestic competition which launched in 2021 and which is opening cricket up to more people. Sanjay joined ECB in 2015 as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. In 2018 he combined this role with being the Managing Director of the new domestic competition, as it was known before becoming The Hundred, and has focused solely on developing the competition since January 2019. In his commercial role, Sanjay helped ECB drive revenue and commercial relations. This included delivering a media rights partnership with Sky and the BBC aimed at widening engagement with cricket and concluding several record-breaking deals with new partners. He also oversaw significant growth in ECB’s digital and marketing channels. Formerly, Sanjay held various commercial, innovation, brand marketing and strategy positions at leading companies such as Diageo and Heineken.

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Tony Singh

Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer of the ECB, Tony leads the teams responsible for growing the audience and revenues of English cricket. Since joining in 2019, Tony has instigated a data-driven commercial strategy focused on building more, and deeper, direct relationships with cricket fans. In that time, UK fandom has grown from 10.4m to 11.6m, while ECB’s marketable data has doubled. A critical part of this growth has been The Hundred. In year one, the tournament sold over 500k tickets and reached over 16m people through broadcast partners, with encouraging signs of broadening cricket’s audience. The team have doubled the ECB’s pre-pandemic sponsorship business through the addition of The Hundred and the introduction of a more audience-centric digital proposition, leading to the recruitment of new partners for cricket including cinch, LV=, IG and Castore. A lifelong cricket fan, Tony brings to the ECB over 20 years’ experience of driving commercial growth in sport and entertainment organisations, including senior roles at BT, the BBC and Spectrum Strategy.

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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.

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Neil Snowball

Managing Director, County Cricket

Neil was appointed Managing Director, County Cricket at ECB in June 2020 and is responsible for overseeing Participation & Growth, Facilities & Infrastructure, Cricket Operations and the Men’s Professional Game. Before joining ECB he spent five years as Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club. During that time he was responsible for overseeing the delivery of matches in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and four Test Matches including the first Ashes Test in 2019. He was also heavily involved in the club’s governance reform and implementation of the ECB’s South Asian Action Plan. Before moving into cricket he spent ten years working on global sporting events initially as Head of Sport Operations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games before being appointed Chief Operating Officer of Rugby World Cup 2015. Earlier he had a career with the US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, where he was Global Head of Corporate Health and Wellness. Neil was appointed to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee in 2017.