Connor named as first female President of the MCC

25 Jun 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The MCC has named Clare Connor as its next President, with the former England captain and current Managing Director of Women’s Cricket at the ECB becoming the first female President of the MCC in the club’s 233-year history. 

Her nomination was announced by current President Kumar Sangakkara on a video call from Sri Lanka where he is currently spending the lockdown period. 

Connor will take up the post on 1st October 2021, pending approval by the club’s Members, after Sangakkara had been invited to remain in the role for a second twelve-month tenure due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am deeply honoured to be named the next President of MCC,” said Connor.  

“Cricket has enriched my life so deeply already, and now it hands me this wonderful privilege. We often need to look back to see how far we’ve come. I made my first visit to Lord’s as a starry-eyed, cricket-obsessed nine-year-old girl at a time when women were not welcome in the Long Room. Times have changed. Now I find myself entrusted with this remarkable opportunity – the opportunity to play a part in helping MCC, cricket’s most influential club, to thrive and grow in an even more modern and inclusive future.

“MCC does wonderful work for communities in the UK and overseas. It stages the most uplifting events. It brings people together. And as we take small steps to emerge from this uncertain and difficult time, we are going to need the power of sport and strong sporting organisations like MCC more than ever. I really am very proud to have been asked to be its next President.”

Connor was named at the MCC’s first ever AGM to be held on an online platform. She was named Head of Women’s Cricket at the ECB in 2007, being given the title of Managing Director of Women’s Cricket in 2019. In 2009, she was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC.