Clare Connor OBE
Clare is a former England cricket captain. At the age of 30, she was awarded the OBE after leading England to a first Ashes win in 42 years. Clare retired from playing for England in 2006 with over 100 international caps and having led the team for 6 years.
Clare is now Director of England Women’s Cricket at the England & Wales Cricket Board driving a hugely successful period for the women’s game. This included a spell of 4 years from 2009-2013 where the England women’s team retained their number 1 world ranking and back-to-back Ashes wins in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, the ECB announced professional contracts for England’s top 18 female players, a ground-breaking step for women’s cricket.
Clare has enjoyed a dynamic career outside cricket. For 7 years, she combined playing for England whilst teaching English at Brighton College and heading up the school’s PR & Marketing operations. Clare has also worked extensively in the cricket media, presenting for Channel 4 Cricket, summarising for Test Match Special, writing a column in The Observer and as a guest on Sky Sport’s coverage of international women’s cricket.
Clare sits on a range of committees. In April 2009, she was appointed to the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Committee as its first female member. Clare was appointed a member of the Board of Sport England in September 2010 and Chair of the International Cricket Council’s Women’s Committee in June 2011. Clare was also a member of the Sports Minister’s Women in Sport Advisory Board 2013-2014.