ECB Chair

England and Wales Cricket Board

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  • Closing: 6:00pm, 10th Jun 2022 BST

Perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Work from home option
Healthcare
Wellness programs
Additional parental leave
Extra holiday
Professional development
Mentoring/coaching
Paid volunteer days

Candidate happiness

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Job Description

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BACKGROUND

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales, supporting the game at every level – from grassroots to elite level.

We know that cricket is a force for good and makes an enduring impact on people’s lives. It provides great entertainment. It teaches important skills, both physical and social. It can help inclusion and social cohesion. It’s something for everyone to watch, play or enjoy, across genders, age, disability and diverse communities. Our purpose is to improve lives and connect communities, and our goal is to inspire a new generation to say ‘cricket is a game for me’.

At the top of the game, our Men’s England team are current 50-over Men’s World Champions, and our Women’s team just reached the final of the 50-over Women’s World Cup having won it in 2017. Our U19s team recently reached the final of the U19 Men’s World Cup, losing to India. We also run four England disability teams.

We oversee the professional men’s and women’s domestic game, supporting and growing the players and the pathways, as well as recreational cricket played by around two million people across the country each summer.

We run participation programmes that give more than a million children and young people a chance to play cricket, and invest in new pitches and facilities to give more people opportunities to play the game.

To learn more about the ECB please visit:  https://www.ecb.co.uk/

THE ROLE OF THE ECB BOARD

The ECB Board is responsible for the governance, oversight, approval of strategy and risk profile of the National Governing Body of Cricket and it delegates strategy creation and operational delivery to the Executive team. The Board oversees the Executive’s work, adhering to the principles of good governance and acts on a collective basis operating on the principles of responsibility, support and respect.

ROLE CONTEXT

The new Chair will play a pivotal role in the continuing transformation of our sport. At the moment, there are significant opportunities for cricket, as well as it facing a number of challenges. The game has navigated a difficult period through the pandemic and recent events have highlighted the amount of work still to do to address discrimination in cricket. The new Chair will continue to drive our Inspiring Generations strategy, helping to inspire and influence the vision of the game, unifying the game to create positive and lasting change and to make cricket a bigger and more welcoming, inclusive sport.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

 The ECB want cricket to be a game for everyone. They want cricket to be a truly inclusive and diverse sport where everyone feels welcome and there is opportunity for all. The ECB is aware that there is still much work to do before all communities and individuals think ‘cricket is a game for me’.

This commitment is detailed in the ECB’s EDI plan which covers four core foundations of empowering people, building diverse teams, developing inclusive environments and leading with accountability. The ECB has committed to delivering 12 key actions by the end of 2023.

In November 2021, the ECB also published its action plan, jointly developed with the game’s 41 members to tackle racism and all forms of discrimination in the game.

For further information regarding the EDI action plan, please see: ECB EDI Action Plan 2021

 

THE ROLE OF THE ECB CHAIR

The role will be centred upon a number of key pillars:

  • Challenge, guide and support the Executive in further continuing to grow the game through the Inspiring Generations strategy for the future of the ECB and the game.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with ECB stakeholders (41 members) whilst assisting the CEO and Executive team in developing trusted and effective working relationships with the game.

  • Build a strong, effective and constructive working relationship with the CEO and Executive, including supporting, mentoring and holding to account the CEO.

  • Guide the ECB’s response to discrimination in the game, providing strong and inclusive leadership during a period of change for cricket in England and Wales.

  • Drive the performance of the Board through effective delegation and coordination of Board members.

  • Support the Executive and Board in driving the change agenda for the next phase of the ECB. This will include a review of current structures within the organisation – and the game – to ensure both are fit to enable the required changes in the sport.

  • Act as an ambassador of the game, confidently representing the ECB and building relationships across the global game and the International Cricket Council (ICC).             

TIME COMMITMENT

There is not a fixed time commitment for this role, as the Board feel it is important for the successful candidate to decipher the appropriate time commitment needed to serve this role effectively but it is anticipated to be a minimum of 2 days a week.

Whilst this is a non-executive role the Chair needs to be accessible to the Board, Executive and the ECB Members and therefore additional responsibilities outside of the role of the Chair would have to be taken into consideration.

The appointment will be for a fixed period of no more than one 5-year term.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

 EXPERIENCE AND FUNCTIONAL SKILLSET

  • Experience and excellent understanding of operating in complex governance structures with the ability and gravitas to chair the board of a major national governing body.

  • A passion for or understanding of sport and its potential to positively impact lives and a significant interest in cricket.

  • Experience of guiding an Executive team through a period of significant change and transformation.

  • Executive or Board experience within sport or highly regulated businesses. Evidence of success as an organisational ambassador.

  • Previous experience of accountability for culture within an organisation undergoing change.      

COMPETENCIES

  • Stakeholder Management: The ability to build strong and trusting relationships in a complex stakeholder environment, with the ability to collaborate, encourage discussion and consensus leading to effective decisions.

  • Effective Communication: The ability to influence and be highly engaging, collaborative, open, inclusive, clear, and committed. Ability to adapt style and tone to reflect context and audience.

  • Strong and Inclusive Leadership: The ability to create and advocate a culture of change and inclusion; builds excellent teams, forges momentum and exercises strong, fair and effective judgement.

 

ATTRIBUTES

  • An individual with the highest standards of integrity and transparency.

  • Operates with high levels of self- awareness, authority and credibility; quickly commanding trust and respect.

  • Eager for, and comfortable with, change, along with proven experience of adapting to dynamic situations.

  • A strong personal commitment to EDI and social impact to ensure that the ECB and cricket is representative of the modern diverse society in which it operates.               

  

INDEPENDENCE

The successful candidate must be independent in character and judgment. The ECB Board will determine whether there are relationships or circumstances which are likely to affect, or could appear to affect, a director’s judgement.

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  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
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Applications closed Fri 10th Jun 2022

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Fri 10th Jun 2022