40 women from 29 ICC Member countries have been selected to be mentored as part of the ICC 100% Cricket Future Leaders Programme designed to support emerging female talent in cricket. The programme, which is part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to accelerate the growth of women’s cricket and women in cricket, received an overwhelming response of more than 300 applicants from 45 different countries.
The initial intake will be split into two batches and the programme, which designed to address the low percentage of women in leadership positions in global cricket and build a pipeline of new female leaders in cricket will get underway with batch one beginning this month.
|Mentor||Mentee||Country / Organization|
|Greg Barclay (Governance and Board)||Nadia Gruny||USA|
|Wasim Khan(Management)||Joanna Taylor||ICC|
|Andrea Nelson(Senior Management / Events)||Fizza Abid||Pakistan|
|Steve Elworthy(Governance and Board)||Tracey Pitt||Bermuda|
|Michelle Enright(Commercial and Business of Cricket)||Ewa Ostaszewska||Ireland|
|Hilton Moreeng(Coaching)||Helmien Rambaldo||Netherlands|
|Claire Polosak(Match Officiating)||Vijeylaxmi Narasimhan||India|
|Sana Mir(Player Growth)||Benafsha Hashimi||Afghanistan|
|Divya Gokulnath(Commercial and Overall Leadership)||Anna Shaw||England|
|Anthony Everard(Fan Engagement)||Vaishali Jesrani||Oman|
|Sharda Ugra(Media and Journalism)||Roberta Morretti||Brazil|
|Ian Bishop(Broadcasting)||Xolile Mabuza||S.Africa|
|Dhiraj Malhotra(Game Development and Events Operations)||Caitlin Spencer||Australia|
|Christina Matthews(Development)||Iriho Veronique||Rwanda|
|Gemma Davies(Digital Communications)||La Donna Williams||West Indies|
|Jodie Hawkins (Leadership / Senior Management)||Mariamma Hyder||Kuwait|
|Lisa Keightley (Coaching)||Naome Kayondo Bagenda||Uganda|
|Karren Rogers(Digital Partnerships and Fan Engagement)||Nicole Dunn||N. Zealand|
|Will Glenwright(Development)||Rosy Ryan||Scotland|
|Chris Tetley(Events and Development)||Charilitah Wambui||Kenya|
Batch 2 commencing in Nov 2021:
|9||Nicky Britten||New Zealand|
|12||Margaret Sibona||Papua New Guinea|
|15||Stella Siale Vaea-Tangitau||Samoa|
|17||Karen Smithies||South Africa|
|18||Michell Pereira||Sri Lanka|
Commenting on the announcement Claire Furlong General Manager, Marketing and Communications said: “The response from the global cricket community and all of our Member boards has been fantastic. We received an overwhelming number of applications from 45 countries spanning all five ICC regions. The first two batches reflect the diversity of our regions and their areas of focus, and all have received outstanding endorsements from their respective Member Boards. The next six months will be incredibly exciting, and we look forward to a productive learning experience for our mentees.
“I’d like to thank all of the applicants for their interest in the programme which demonstrates a clear appetite for greater support for our future female leaders as well as our mentors who have committed their time and support so readily.”
About 100% Cricket Future Leaders Programme
The application is open for all female future leaders of Cricket to apply and will be matched with a mentor to support their development growth.
The role of a mentor is to unlock their mentee’s potential and help them to be at their best. This could include being a confidential sounding-board, providing advice, guidance, and connections to reach their potential.
The philosophy of the 100% Cricket – Future Leaders Programme is to be participant lead, with the ICC acting in support to match the mentees with suitable mentors and provide guidelines and evaluation frameworks for the participants and opportunities to network and interact.
The programme will last for a period of 6 months, and include a kick-off workshop with Belinda Clark, followed by monthly check-ins and a 3-month review with the mentees and mentors agreeing the frequency and method of communication.
All mentee applications were reviewed by a selection panel consisting of the ICC General Manager – Marketing and Communications – Claire Furlong, Mentor Guide and former Australia Captain Belinda Clark AO, ICC General Manager Development, Will Glenwright, and Competition Manager – Cricket, Birmingham 2022 – Commonwealth Games Holly Colvin.