Clare Connor OBE

Clare Connor OBE led the England women’s cricket team to their first Ashes triumph in 42 years. She now oversees women’s cricket at the England Cricket Board and chairs an International Cricket Council committee. To stay at the top, Clare believes you need to know how you got there, then re-set the vision, work out a detailed road map and ensure each team member accepts the part they play in the whole. Women’s cricket is at an exciting stage, but she argues gender is irrelevant: “All that matters is understanding your people.”

Clare spent more than a decade playing for the England team, becoming captain in 2000, leading the team to the semi-finals of the World Cup, and finishing her six-year spell at the helm by achieving the goal that arguably all England captains aspire to: beating the Australians in an Ashes series. After retiring from professional sport with more than 100 international caps to her name, Clare became Head of Women’s cricket at the England Cricket Board. Clare is also the first female member of the International Cricket Council committee, sits on the board of Sport England, regularly commentates for Channel 4 and the BBC, and writes for The Observer.