Ron Kalifa OBE joins ECB Board

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced Ron Kalifa OBE as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the ECB Board.


Ron is known for being an operational and strategic leader within the financial and digital services industry, acting as Chair of Network International, a FTSE company, and FutureLearn.


Appointed to the Court of Directors of the Bank of England during June 2019, Kalifa is also a member of the Council of Imperial College, London. As well as being a Non-Executive Director for Transport for London.


In the past, Ron has led Worldpay for over 10 years, a leading technology payments company and in the Queens 2018 New Year Honours List was recognised for his services to financial services and technology by being rewarded with an OBE.


“After a rigorous selection process, which involved a number of extremely high-calibre individuals, the Nominations Committee was unanimous in its view that Ron Kalifa was the outstanding candidate.


“Ron brings extraordinary experience from his working life that will complement the skills of our existing Board members.” Said ECB Chair Ian Watmore.


Watmore adds: “What really impressed us was his articulation of the importance of cricket as a force for good in our communities, alongside the need to create heroes to ensure that both the county and international teams continue to thrive. These are both priorities for ECB over the coming years and common themes that run throughout our strategic plan, Inspiring Generations. He will be a wonderful addition to our Board.”


Ron will serve for three years as an Independent Non-Executive Director.


Lucy Pearson and Martin Darlow have also been reappointed after the recommendation from ECB Nominations Committee who will serve two-and-a-half years.


“Both Lucy and Martin have been excellent Board members and add a real depth of knowledge and understanding, not just around cricket but across a much broader spectrum.


“They both care passionately about the game and will continue to make a fantastic contribution to our Board.” Watmore commented.


Lucy, who joined the Board in 2016, brings an abundance of cricket experience being a former England player.

Lucy’s professional career began at Wolverhampton Grammar School, then become Deputy Head at Wellington College. After her time there she became Head Teacher of Cheadle Hulme School, the first woman to be appointed the role in the 150-year history of the school. Then, two years ago, Lucy became the Head of Education at the Football Association.


Martin Darlow was first elected to the ECB Board as the recreational game representative in 2016. Former Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Cricket and Cricket East, as well as being a qualified umpire and cricket coach, he has a fine understanding of the needs and of the grassroots cricket.


Martin retired as a senior detective in January 2012 having served as a police officer for 32 years. He currently chairs the ECB’s Anti-Corruption Committee and is an Independent Trustee Director of Chance to Shine, as well as sitting on the Lord’s Taverners Charitable Programmes Committee.



Author: James Parker


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