Nathan Homer, Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer at European Golf Tour
Ebony Rainford-Brent, Director of Women’s Cricket at Surrey County Cricket Club
Ebony is a former English cricketer, who was the first black woman to play for the England team and also captained the Surrey Women’s team. Since retiring from cricket, Ebony has gone on to become the first Director of Women’s Cricket at Surrey County Cricket Club; pundit and broadcaster for the BBC flagship radio programme Test Match Special (she is one of the first female expert summarisers to commentate on men’s international cricket matches); and is also a Motivational Speaker and hosts ‘The Art of Success’ a fortnightly motivational podcast.
Ebony was a member of the England Team that won the 9th ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in Sydney 2009. In the three months following their World Cup win, the team went on to win: the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, the Natwest One Day series and retained the Ashes.
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Kelly Simmons MBE, FA Football Participation and Development Director
Kelly oversees women’s football and FA policy nationwide. Kelly has been a driving force behind the growth of and participation in the women’s game. Through her work, women’s football has seen a huge increase in participation at grass roots level, as well as an increase in audiences attending club games and the development of commercial and broadcast partnerships.
Testament to Simmons’ success in developing the game was the 2015 SSE Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, which attracted a record crowd of 30,710. The FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) continues to grow in popularity as attendances increased across both divisions. In FA WSL 1, the average attendance in 2016 was 1,128 – up five per cent on 2015 (1,076).
Sarah Clarke, Championship Director at The All England Lawn Tennis Club
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) runs the Wimbledon Championships, the premier tennis event in the world and played on grass. Sarah began working at Wimbledon as a school-leaver 33 years ago and is now Championship Director.