Clare Connor OBE

Clare Connor OBE

Clare is a former England cricket captain.  In 2005, 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 the England women’s team retained their number 1 world ranking for 4 years and recording 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.

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 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 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 and has been Chair of the International Cricket Council’s Women’s Committee since June 2011. Clare was also a member of the Sports Minister’s Women in Sport Advisory Board 2013-2014.