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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Tom Harrison

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.

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Clare Connor CBE

Managing Director, England Women's Cricket

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 is now 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. In 2020, Clare was appointed MCC President Designate, the first woman in MCC’s history. Her term as President starts in October 2021.

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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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Steve Elworthy

Director of Events & Special Projects

Steve joined the ECB in 2008 to head up the ICC World Twenty20 2009 after successfully leading the inaugural edition of the tournament in South Africa in 2007. Steve had previously been sponsorship manager and commercial director of Cricket South Africa (CSA). In a 14-year professional cricket career, Steve represented South Africa in four Test Matches and 38 One Day Internationals. He also played county cricket for Lancashire and Nottinghamshire and also played club cricket in the Lancashire and NYSD League. Since moving to the UK Steve has now been responsible for eight ICC tournaments including the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. He has also held several positions in his time at ECB from Marketing to Events and Communications Director and now as Managing Director of Events and Special Projects. Steve is also currently Chair of the Vitality Netball Super League Board and is the UK Sport Representative Independent Director on the Cycling World Championships 2023 Board. He previously spent three years as Independent Director on the GB Basketball Board.

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Ashley Giles MBE

Managing Director, England Men's Cricket

Since December 2018, Ashley has been Managing Director, England Men’s Cricket at the ECB. He is responsible for the long-term strategy of the England Men’s cricket teams and the performance pathways leading into the international teams. He is also responsible for developing the coaching and management structure to support it. Ashley played for Warwickshire for 13 years and, following his retirement in 2007, became the Director of Cricket, leading them to the County Championship title in 2012. In November of that year, he left to become England’s limited-overs coach before taking over as the head coach and cricket director at Lancashire two years later. Ashley played 54 Tests for England and later worked as a national team selector from 2008 to 2014. He returned to Warwickshire as Sport Director in January 2017 and led the transition of the Men’s playing squad. He also sits on the Board of England Netball as an independent director.

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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

Director of Communications

Kate joined the ECB in July 2019. As Director of Communications and EDI, she is responsible for leading and coordinating the organisation’s work across the full range of corporate and consumer communications and is the executive lead for equality, diversity and inclusion. She has extensive work in the public and private sector, delivering external affairs strategies for global and local organisations – most recently supporting Sport England, The FA, BAE and Vodafone.

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Sanjay Patel

Managing Director for The Hundred

As Managing Director of The Hundred, Sanjay is responsible for developing ECB’s new eight-team domestic competition, which aims to open cricket up to more people. He is also the executive lead on equity, inclusion and diversity. 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. Since January 2019 he has focused on the new competition. 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

Tony joined the ECB as Chief Commercial Officer in April 2019 from BT, where he was Content and Business Development Director. He oversees all the ECB’s revenue generation and its key commercial relationships as well as customer-facing activities. Tony has played a leading role in BT TV and BT Sport’s growth over the past five years. He led the team responsible for the broadcaster’s cross-supply content deal with Sky and the commercial distribution of BT Sport to other platforms, overseeing a doubling of its advertising revenues and developing a host of successful new digital initiatives. Before joining BT in 2014, he also held senior management positions with the consumer marketing agency, Nectar, and the BBC’s Commercial Agency.

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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.