The ECB’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Nick Peirce, England Men’s all-rounder Moeen Ali and Independent Non-Executive Director Ron Kalifa have all been recognised in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours list.
Professor Nick Peirce MBE
Professor Peirce, the ECB’s Chief Medical Officer, has been awarded an MBE for services to sport during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Peirce was recognised for his significant contribution to cricket and sport in the UK’s development of guidance on the return of training and competition. A rigorous whole-game effort led to cricket being the first sport anywhere in the world to stage international team competition, after the pandemic took hold.
With very little known about COVID-19 and Government strategy evolving, the ECB medical team worked 18-hour days to try to quickly understand the risks of Coronavirus transmission within a cricket context. Through careful research and analysis, the team were able to demonstrate that cricket was safe, that risks could be mitigated and that protocols could be introduced, helping to direct the Government’s support in allowing play to restart.
During what was a difficult time across the globe, with unprecedented challenges and new boundaries being pushed for medicine and science, all areas of cricket came together to safely deliver international sport with bio-secure bubbles, providing a vital boost for the millions of fans watching from home.
Professor Peirce said: “The impact of the pandemic has been hugely challenging for us all and is still being felt. The hard work of countless people is continuing, which is now allowing us to enjoy the freedoms of society and sport in 2022. However, there are still important lessons to be learnt in managing safety and wellbeing across sport in the future.
“I have seen first-hand how sport can be a force for good and I’m humbled and very proud to receive this honour, after being one part of a great team who helped to get cricket back to fans in 2020.”
Moeen Ali OBE
England Men’s international star Moeen Ali has also been awarded an OBE for services to cricket. After making his England debut in 2014, he has gone on to become a hugely successful all-rounder across all three formats of the game and is a cricketing icon who has inspired fans around the world.
Moeen called time on his Test career last year after taking 195 wickets in 64 matches, the third most Test wickets by a spinner for England. He scored just under 3,000 Test runs with five centuries and also showed his match-winning ability with five five-wicket hauls.
He was part of England’s Men’s World Cup winning squad in 2019 and continues to represent the side in limited overs cricket. He will be part of the squad for the three-match ODI series of The Netherlands starting at Amstelveen on 17 June.
Moeen Ali said: “It means a great deal to receive this honour. Cricket has given me so much in my life and I feel lucky and honoured to be able to play and enjoy this great game all around the world. None of that would have been possible without the amazing support from my family and I will be forever grateful to them. Hopefully I've managed to inspire a few people along the way."
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer said: “I am absolutely delighted that both Moeen and Professor Nick have been recognised for their incredible contributions to cricket.
“Professor Nick has been a key figure in our sport for a number of years. Firstly, working on tour with our elite teams and then as our Chief Medical Officer, driving and developing knowledge around player and staff medical wellbeing and support. His role during the pandemic was absolutely critical in helping to build player and staff confidence in our plans to keep people safe and ensuring the prompt return of international, domestic and recreational cricket after the potentially devastating impact of COVID-19 on the sport. We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. On behalf of everyone at the ECB, I’d like to extend huge, and very well deserved, congratulations on receiving this public recognition for his work.”
“Moeen has been an inspiration character for our sport and a role model to people across the country. He has worn the three lions with pride and has an enviable international record across Tests, ODI and IT20s. He has been a wonderful entertainer with bat and ball and is one of those players who tends to fill stadia wherever he is playing. His performances have been a privilege to witness, he is a champion cricketer and a man who epitomises the enormous power of our sport to bring people together regardless of background, culture or religion. Congratulations Moeen on this richly deserved honour.”
Sir Ron Kalifa
Independent Non-Executive Director Ron Kalifa has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours list.
Ron is a renowned strategic and operational leader in the field of digital and financial services, serving as Chair of Network International, a FTSE company, and of FutureLearn.
In June 2019, he was appointed to the Court of Directors of the Bank of England and is also a member of the Council of Imperial College, London. Previously, he led Worldpay, a leading technology payments company, for over 10 years and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year 2018 Honours List, for services to financial services and technology.
Sir Ron Kalifa said: “It is a huge honour and privilege to receive this recognition from the Queen. None of this would have been possible without the support of those closest to me throughout my life, not least my family, friends and colleagues.
“I’m fortunate to have worked in positions which I’m very passionate about, and I hope that I have made a difference, both in the boardroom and on the field. Sport in particular has the power to change lives and I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in future.”
Martin Darlow, ECB Interim Chair said: “It is fantastic to see Ron’s achievements and hard work recognised with this honour. Ron has been a huge asset to the ECB Board since his appointment, using his significant expertise for the benefit of cricket and on behalf of the ECB I’d like to congratulate him on his knighthood.”
Hugh Morris MBE
Congratulations also to former England batter and current Glamorgan Chief Executive Officer Hugh Morris who has been awarded an MBE for services to cricket and charity.
Hugh played Three Test matches for England, and later served as Deputy Chief Executive of the ECB as well as first Managing Director of the England Men’s team.