ECB Governance Structures
The ECB is the single national governing body for cricket in England and Wales and was founded in 1997. Based at Lord’s, it is responsible for developing and supporting all areas of the game – from elite through to recreational level.
ECB’s legal status as a company limited by guarantee means it can prioritise the long-term health and sustainability of the sport rather than generating a return to shareholders.
Its ownership model is rooted in a 41-strong membership model which includes the chairs of the 18 First Class Counties, the 21 Cricket Boards of the non-First-Class Counties, the Minor Counties Cricket Association and the Marylebone Cricket Club.
The workings of the ECB are governed by the ECB Board, chaired by Ian Watmore, which is made up of both Cricket Non-Executive Directors, with extensive experience in the game of cricket, and Independent Non-Executive Directors, who bring expertise and experience from beyond the game.
The Board oversees the day-to-day running of the ECB which is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, and the Executive leadership team. Alongside this, the Board also delegates authority to Board Committees who are responsible for specific aspects of ECB governance.
The ECB Board of Directors is made up of:
- Ian Watmore - Chair
- Brenda Trenowden - Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
- Barry O'Brien - Deputy Chair and Cricket Non-Executive Director
- Delia Bushell - Independent Non-Executive Director
- Lucy Pearson - Cricket Non-Executive Director
- Jim Wood - Cricket Non-Executive Director
- Martin Darlow - Cricket Non-Executive Director
- Alan Dickinson - Cricket Non-Executive Director
- Tom Harrison - ECB Chief Executive Officer
- Scott Smith - ECB Chief Financial Officer
- Katie Bickerstaffe - Independent Non-Executive Director
ECB Board Committees
The Board delegates authority to Board Committees who are responsible for specific aspects of ECB governance. Board Committees are made up of ECB Board Members and Executives, representatives from the cricket network and independent experts.
The ECB Board Committees are:
- Audit, Governance and Risk Management Committee
- Nominations Committee
- Cricket Committee
- Remuneration Committee
- ACCESS (Anti-Corruption) Committee
- Cricket Discipline Committee (operating as an “arms-length” body)
- Regulatory Committee
- New Competition Board
The ECB is committed to following the highest standards of corporate governance across all levels of the game. In December 2017, Sport England confirmed that the ECB was fully compliant with its Code for Sports Governance.
The ECB recently completed an extensive Governance Review, following the release of the Governance Code, which lead to far-reaching reforms including:
- Revised Articles of Association
- A fully independent Board
- An updated Board appointment process
- Greater protections and consultation rights for ECB Members
Good Governance Institute independent external review
ECB Articles of Association
The ECB Articles of Association, which define our purpose, responsibilities and duties, can be found here.
ECB Annual Reports and Financial Statements
2019/20 Financial Statements