Vastly experienced in public service, education and charitable roles, Valerie Amos has served as a Cabinet Minister and High Commissioner to Australia, has led two major university institutions, and spent five years as Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations. She is a member of the House of Lords, and its former leader.
Born in Guyana, she is a passionate and lifelong cricket fan and has committed her career to addressing issues of equality and social injustice. She currently sits on the Board of a number of foundations alongside her position as Master of University College Oxford.
Ian Watmore, ECB Chair, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to appoint to the Board someone with the exceptional experience and wealth of knowledge and expertise that Baroness Amos brings with her.
“She is a true cricket fan who really understands the power of sport for good. She also brings with her important insights and challenge on leadership and inclusion which will help us as we work to ensure cricket is a game for everyone.”
Valerie Amos said: “Cricket has been part of my life since I was a child. It’s something we always enjoyed and shared as a family, so I am really looking forward to being able to contribute to the sport by joining the Board.
“This is a crucial time for sport around the world given the impacts of the pandemic, and I believe cricket has a vital role to play because of its ability to bring people together. It’s fun but it’s also about team work and a sense of community. By realising the vision of making cricket a game for everyone we can ensure that more people enjoy the benefits of it.”
Cricket Non-Executive Directors Alan Dickinson and Barry O’Brien, and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director Brenda Trenowden, have all been reappointed for three-year terms, while Non-Executive Director Jim Wood has been appointed for a further two-year term, when he reaches the nine-year limit.
The appointments will be ratified at the ECB AGM on Tuesday.