England World Cup winner Ebony Rainford-Brent joins the ECB as a non-executive director… with the broadcaster and campaigner hailed as a ‘trailblazer’ who can assist cricket change into a ‘actually inclusive sport’
- Rainford-Brent, 39, has change into a distinguished broadcaster and campaigner
- She has created alternatives in cricket for gamers from black communities
- Pete Ackerley, chair of the British American Soccer Affiliation, additionally becoming a member of
Ebony Rainford-Brent has been appointed as a non-executive director of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Rainford-Brent, who was the primary black lady to play for England when she made her debut in 2001 and was a part of the 50 and 20-over World Cup wins eight years later, takes up a three-year time period.
Since retirement the 39-year-old has change into a distinguished broadcaster and campaigner and was the driving drive behind the ACE Programme – an more and more influential initiative which creates alternatives in cricket for aspiring gamers from black communities.
She is about to be joined by Pete Ackerley, a former head of improvement on the ECB and present chair of the British American Soccer Affiliation, with the duo to be ratified at this week’s AGM.
Their appointment completes a raft of recent faces at board stage, with outgoing Glamorgan chair Gareth Williams, chair of Cricket Wales Jennifer Owen Adams, Conservative peer Baroness Zahida Manzoor and PGA European Tour director Penny Avis beforehand introduced.
Ebony Rainford-Brent (above) has been appointed as a non-executive director of the ECB
Rainford-Brent was the primary black lady to play for England when she made her debut in 2001
Sir Andrew Strauss has already introduced his departure as strategic adviser, whereas chief working officer David Mahoney exits in September.
ECB chair Richard Thompson mentioned: ‘Ebony is a novel expertise, a trailblazer who was a winner on the pitch and has achieved a lot off it.
‘Her ACE Programme has already made a big impact in creating alternatives for children from black communities, and she or he shares my impatience for making additional progress in creating a really inclusive sport.
‘Pete additionally brings with him an unlimited quantity of cricketing expertise together with invaluable perception in different sports activities. He’s steeped within the leisure sport, and will probably be one other enormous asset to the board.’