Our Team

Meet the Chance to Shine staff who work to spread the power of cricket across the country.

Chance to Shine’s Board is made up of a maximum of 15 independent Trustee Directors. You can see the full list of our committees and policies here.

Tim Score became Chair of Chance to Shine’s Board of Trustees in September 2023 and brings a wealth of experience to the charity. Tim is Chair at British Land and Deputy Chair at Pearson. He is a non-executive director at Bridgepoint and at The Football Association and sits on the board of trustees of the Royal National Theatre.

Tim was formerly a non-executive director of HM Treasury and Chief Financial Officer of ARM Holdings.

Dana sits on the Audit and Risk Committee and is the Welfare and Safety Lead for the Board. Dana Abdulkarim is Associate Assistant Principal at Dinnington High School in Yorkshire, where she has played a key role in developing the PE and PSHE curriculum.

In 2000 Dana became the first Muslim and Arab woman to compete for England internationally, subsequently gaining 67 England caps in rounders. She also gained experience as an international rounders coach for the U13-19 age groups and supported the development of the UKCC Level 1 & 2 coaching materials. 

In 2008, she became the first Hijabi Muslim woman to qualify to teach PE in England, and became a trustee at the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation in 2017, where she supported inclusion opportunities for the foundation.

Danny joined the Liberal Democrats’ shadow Work and Pensions team in 2005 and in July 2007 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He gave this up in 2008 to concentrate on a new role as Chief of Staff to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and to co-ordinate the preparation of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto for 2010.

Danny was re-elected in the 2010 General Election. In the days after the result Danny led the Liberal Democrat team in negotiations which resulted in the formation of a Coalition Government. He played a key role in drawing up the detailed programme for government and was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury. 

Danny was the Member of Parliament for the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey constituency from 2005 until the general election in May 2015.

Danny read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. After this, Danny worked as a press officer for the Scottish Liberal Democrats before spending four years at the European Movement and then four years as Director of Communications for the Britain in Europe campaign. In 2003 he was appointed the Head of Communications for the newly formed Cairngorms National Park Authority before being elected as MP for Inverness, Nairn, and Badenoch & Strathspey in 2005.

Danny is married with two daughters. His hobbies include hill-walking, fishing, cricket, travel and sports of all kinds.

Will sits on the Governance and Remuneration Committee and is the Senior Independent Director for the Board. Will Lawes joined Lazard, the global financial advisory and asset management firm, in January 2017 as Managing Director, Financial Advisory. He was previously a senior partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer since 2001. Prior to that he was co-head of the firm’s worldwide financial institutions group for six years. Will specialises in corporate governance, public bids, mergers and demergers, private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, restructurings and equity issues of all types, both in the UK and across borders. He advises a range of corporate, investment bank and financial institutions clients.

Will was educated at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He joined the firm in 1986 and has been a partner since 1994. He is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation, University of Oxford.

Doug sits on the Audit and Risk and Governance and Remuneration Committees. He is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s London office and a member of the Firm’s Board and CEO Practice and the Global Digital Practice. He identifies chairman and non-executive board directors for clients in both the UK and overseas.

Doug has also worked in the not-for-profit space for a range of domestic and international organisations with a focus on education and health.

Doug studied politics at the University of Durham and has a master of business administration from The Business School, Imperial College, London.

Sophie is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and sits on the Governance & Remuneration Committee. Sophie O’Connor spent 15 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after qualifying as an accountant with Ernst and Young. She is currently Non-Executive Director of Rothesay, SMBC Bank International and Bupa Insurance. She has an MA in History from Cambridge University.

Ali is the EDI Champion for the Board and also the Chair of Chance to Shine Enterprises. She is the Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, an independent charity devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport. 

Ali joined the Youth Sport Trust in 2004 and has fulfilled the roles of Implementation Director, Sport Director and Managing Director before becoming the CEO in July 2015. Prior to this Ali was the Deputy Director of Sport at the University of Bath having initially been the course leader for the initial teacher training programme for Physical Education. While at the University Ali worked on the English Institute of Sport Project and was the founder of the TEAMBath netball Franchise. Before this Ali was Head of PE at Millfield School, having started her career as teacher in Essex.

During her career Ali has worked with and on behalf of a range of other organizations. She supported the British Olympic Foundation’s education programme back in 2004 and delivered the Paralympic Inspiration Programme on behalf of the British Paralympic Association in London 2012. Ali led LOCOG’s Youth Panel, and is a member of the selection panel for the Young Sports Personality of the Year. She is currently a Board member of the PiXL Edge and an advisor to Sheffield Hallam University on their Sport strategy having previously sat on both the England Netball and Sport England Regional Boards. Ali has also worked on a number of international assignments including a project with Sport & Recreation South Africa which was part of the International Inspiration Programme.

Kriti Sharma is an Artificial Intelligence technologist and a leading global voice on AI ethics and its impact on society. In addition to advising global businesses on AI, she focuses on AI for Social Good. She built her first robot at the age of 15 in India and has been building AI technologies to solve global issues ever since, from productivity to education to domestic violence. Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI and was included in the Recode 100 list of key influencers in technology in 2017.

She was invited as a Civic Leader by the Obama Foundation Summit for her work in ethical technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Google Grace Hopper Scholar and recently gave expert testimony on AI Policy to the UK Parliament in the House of Lords. Earlier this year, Kriti spearheaded the launch of the Sage Future Makers Lab, a forum that will equip young people around the world with hands-on learning for entering a career in Artificial Intelligence.

Kriti was appointed a United Nations Young Leader at the General Assembly in 2018.

A former England captain and World Cup winner, Eoin brings a wealth of experience to the board, having retired from international cricket in 2022 as England’s leading ODI run scorer and most capped player in both the 50 over and T20 formats.Eoin has been a long-term supporter of the charity, naming Chance to Shine as a beneficiary of his testimonial celebrations in 2022.

Mark’s career was in business and finance, predominantly in private equity. He was a Partner at Bridgepoint Capital from 2001 to 2005 and was then one of five Founding Partners of Vitruvian Partners in 2006, from which he retired in 2019.

He holds a BA from Durham University (1986) and an MBA from INSEAD (1991). From eight years old to his mid-40’s he played cricket for his school, university and several amateur clubs until injury eventually got the better of him. But he remains devoted to the game.

Alongside Chance to Shine, he has a number of other director/trustee roles, including Chair of Governors at Cheam School in Berkshire.

He is a member of ExCo and IC and leads British Land’s Property Management team, heads up our Marketing and Corporate Communications functions, and oversees the company’s Sustainability and Smart Building programmes. 

David joined British Land in 2017 and prior to becoming COO acted as Interim Chief Financial Officer. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, before spending over seven years at Deutsche Bank. Since then, he worked for over 10 years in Investor Relations, Finance and Corporate Development roles within UK listed businesses. For 4 years to 2023, David was Chair of the UK Investor Relations Society, having served on the Board since 2012 and was a Board Director of Glebe Housing Association until 2022. David is currently a Non Executive Director at Equiem, a property technology business and a member of The Business Council at the National Literacy Trust.

Now a Performance Coach, Steve works with CEOs, investors, entrepreneurs & other senior leaders to achieve their professional development and enhance their physical & mental health. He also invests in and advises a number of wellbeing start-ups. 

Steve has been a supporter of Chance to Shine for over a decade and is also a patron of Team GB.

His dedication to grassroots cricket has led to significant contributions within his local community, with a track record of adding value within a wide range of financial service audits and advisory projects. He is currently a Senior Internal Audit Manager and Likewize.

Bilal brings invaluable expertise and leadership to our board, as well as a thorough knowledge of Chance to Shine’s programmes – having been a participant in both his school and local Street club. Committed to furthering the charity’s mission and cause, Bilal is now striving to inspire the next generation.

Amit is an Associate Partner at More Partnership, one of Europe’s leading consulting firms for the not-for-profit sector.

He is an experienced charity NED, having previously served on the Boards of No Smoking Day and the Abraham Initiatives UK, and now serving as Vice-Chair of the Costa Coffee Foundation which builds schools in coffee-growing communities around the world.

Amit qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC, and was formerly Director of Corporate Partnerships for Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.

Emma has led on the delivery of several large funding programmes including investment into the London 2012 Olympic venues and more recently HM Treasury’s Covid-19 recovery and energy support funds for public sector leisure.  Her interest in data and impact analysis drove the development of Sport England’s Moving Communities service.  She works closely with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Authorities and leisure operators. 

Emma studied Management Science and Spanish at the University of Southampton and recently graduated from the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy.  She is married with two daughters.  Her hobbies include cricket, football, cycling and travel.  She volunteers as a Committee member at a womens’ cricket club and has played for Middlesex and the MCC.

In April 2018, Laura Cordingley started as Chief executive at Chance to Shine. Laura previously worked at the Mayor of London’s office as Assistant Director, responsible for Team London; volunteering and Sport across the Capital.

Laura’s earlier career roles include community development at MCC, where she developed and delivered the Club’s community engagement strategy and sports development roles at Durham City School Sports Partnership and Volleyball England. Laura previously played for her country at netball. Laura is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Management Board at Surrey CCC.

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Sam joined Chance to Shine as Trusts & Foundations Manager in June 2021. He has eight years of experience in the fundraising sector for local, national and international charities. This includes roles at Sue Ryder, Richard House Children’s Hospice and Sense International.

Sport is Sam’s passion and he continues to play cricket and tennis at his local clubs in Surrey.

Sam also loves to travel and rates Bolivia, Guatemala, Australia and India as his favourite countries. However, he’s equally happy at home on the sofa watching sport (Rugby, Football, Cricket, Tennis – any ball sport really!) or a comedy/drama show on Netflix.

sam.armour@chancetoshine.org

Charlie joined Chance to Shine in 2019. An experienced corporate partnerships specialist, he looks to engage companies in our mission to help more children play, learn and develop through cricket.

Before his fundraising work, Charlie spent ten years working in outdoor and water-sports education, primarily with young people, giving him a strong understanding of the power of sport to change young lives.

Charlie lives in North London and enjoys triathlon and surfing. He also coaches the girls team and plays touch rugby at his local rugby club. This also offers him an annual opportunity to use his limited cricketing talents in the annual match against the local cricket club.

charlie.baxter@chancetoshine.org

Sam joined Chance to Shine in April 2022. An experienced online marketer, and self described technology geek, he loves creating content and finding innovative new ways to deliver campaigns.

Sam lives in Devon, and enjoys walking, cycling and running on nearby Dartmoor, as well as playing cricket with his local club.

sam.cope@chancetoshine.org

Jack joined Chance to Shine as Finance and Office Assistant in March 2021. Jack studied at Loughborough University, gaining a BSc in Maths and Sports Science, and taking any opportunity to get involved with sports.

Jack loves playing various sports outside of work, with cricket being his main focus. He has also recently discovered a passion for cycling and is currently waiting for summer to arrive to start enjoying both. Away from sport, he enjoys reading and a regular series binge.

jack.gold@chancetoshine.org

Vanessa joined Chance to Shine in May 2016 as Director of Impact and Evaluation. An experienced researcher, Vanessa has an MSc in Social Research Methods and is interested in research that supports improved outcomes for children and young people.

Prior to Chance to Shine, Vanessa worked as Senior Researcher at Pearson, the global education company, evaluating the impact of literacy programmes and vocational qualifications. Vanessa has also worked as Research Officer at the National Children’s Bureau where she carried out independent evaluations for the Department for Education and Department of Health.

vanessa.greene@chancetoshine.org

Ian joined Chance to Shine in November 2016 as Operations Manager, having previously worked for Shropshire Cricket Board as Cricket Development Officer. In May 2022 he was appointed Schools Programme Manager. Ian studied at Loughborough University from 2006-2011, gaining a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences as well as an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Ian previously had a role as a talent scout at ECB within the women & girls’ game.

Ian’s life has revolved around the cricket & hockey pitches at Bridgnorth CC, having played at the club as a junior from the age of 7. He supports as a committee member and coach at the club, notably with the All Stars programme where he is now seeing his young family start to develop their love for the game.

Ian is Chance to Shine’s current representative on the Children’s Coaching Collaborative (who support the Play Their Way campaign) and the Physical Literacy Panel for England.

Ian.gregory@chancetoshine.org

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James joined Chance to Shine in July 2019 as Operations Manager for the North region. 

Having gained a Master of Arts in Sports Management from the University of Central Lancashire (2010), James spent six years working for Cheshire Cricket Board.

Late to cricket by modern standards, James’ first memorable experiences of the game came at the age of 12 – playing his first season of junior cricket (which included his only five-wicket haul to date!) and attending the 1999 World Cup Final at Lords. Since then, his enthusiasm for cricket has spiralled! 

Away from work, James enjoys nothing more than taking the short walk from his home to Old Trafford and watching the second best team in the city: Manchester United Football Club. On the rare occasion sport isn’t on his mind, James also has a passion for travel, cinema and technology!

james.hendry@chancetoshine.org

Ross joined Chance to Shine as Director of Communications and Digital in 2019, stepping into the world of cricket for the first time having previously enjoyed over a decade working in football with Wycombe Wanderers, Reading and the English Football League. 

Prior to arriving at the charity, he also spent two weeks in Doha at the World Athletics Championships, helping to build the IAAF’s digital strategy ahead of their rebrand to World Athletics. 

Despite his ‘on field’ cricketing achievements being consigned to primary school and the back garden, Ross is looking forward to focussing more on the impact that sport can make on younger people up and down the country. 

Ross.Jeavons@chancetoshine.org

Holly joined Chance to Shine in 2019 after completing a degree in Geography and International Development at the University of East Anglia. During her time at university she discovered an interest in the benefits of sport as a development tool, writing a dissertation on the success of sport-for-development programmes that educate young people on HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Holly’s first month with Chance to Shine proved to be very busy as she volunteered at the 2019 Cricket World Cup where she danced at the opening party and got the chance to watch the incredible final at Lords!

Outside of work, Holly enjoys cooking (and eating food!). Now living back in London after university, she is looking forward to using Instagram to find the best independent food spots and experimenting in the kitchen.

holly.jones@chancetoshine.org

Melda joined Chance to Shine in September 2019. Previously working as a social researcher in Ipsos Turkey, she managed research projects about various topics such as youth, children, gender equality, employment, health and business environment. Melda holds a BA in Sociology and is currently writing her thesis to finish her MA in NGO Management and Social Projects. 

Melda moved to London from Istanbul, Turkey with her family in the beginning of 2019. Coming from a different sporting culture where cricket is not played at all, Melda is finding it interesting to discover a new sport and its strong influence on empowering children and young people. 

Melda.Kahraman@chancetoshine.org

Steve is Director of Operations at Chance to Shine and joined the charity in 2006 having previously worked at Sussex CCC as Development Director.

Steve lives in Chichester with his family, and enjoys nothing more than watching his son play hockey, daughter perform song and dance on stage, mountain biking on the South Downs with his dog Dizzy and watching his beloved Liverpool FC.  Unfortunately, Steve’s cricket and football days are no more following many injuries and operations, mainly to his left knee – 13 operations! 

In all, Steve has over 25 years’ experience in sports development, 19 of which have been dedicated to cricket.

Steve.peyman@chancetoshine.org 

Nic joined Chance to Shine in May 2017 after 7 years working at Locality, a charity who’s mission it is to inspire community action so that every neighbourhood thrives. Prior to Locality, Nic spent 8 years running his own business in the French Alps teaching and renting skibikes. He is a qualified skibike instructor and has been racing as part of the British Skibike Team for 20 years.

Nic plays his cricket for the Islanders in a Last Man Stands 20:20 league, bowling surprisingly effective military medium and batting with a lot of bottom hand.

nic.platt@chancetoshine.org 

Stuart is the Operations manager for Chance to Shine with responsibility for Wales, South West and South England. He has been with the charity since 2005 and believes, then as now, that every child should have the opportunity to play cricket at school as part of their education.

He has fulfilled many roles in cricket both on and off the field, increasingly now as a parent watching his two young girls begin their cricketing journey.

He is incredibly proud of the County Boards he works with and the many great people that bring our vision to life.

He really understands the ‘power of cricket’ to change and improve lives having been diagnosed with a life limiting condition (cystic fibrosis) when young which was greatly ameliorated, both physically / and psychologically, by the opportunity to play cricket. That opportunity wouldn’t have been provided without having a state school that valued sport and a teacher (Pat Colbourne) who recognised his effort and desire.

Stuart.priscott@chancetoshine.org

Les is the Finance Manager for the charity, having been with Chance to Shine since 2014. Having spent time studying in the US, Les is currently working towards a degree in Applied Accounting and ACCA chartered accountancy certification at the London School of Business & Finance.

Sports have always been a major interest for Les. Having been named Docklands Power League Player of the Season in 2016 he has retired from most forms of strenuous activity, and now spends his time providing a cab service for his two sons as they compete in cricket, football and cross country.

Away from the office he enjoys nothing more than spending time with his boys, visiting castles, playing Fortnite, and watching the London Lions basketball team.

Les is passionate about our projects, with a special fondness for the work we do in hospital schools, and is proud of the difference Chance to Shine had made to millions of children across the country.

les.rolt@chancetoshine.org 

Rohan joined the Chance to Shine team in January 2022 as the Inclusive Programmes Manger with a focus on leading on the Street project nationally. His relationship with cricket started from an early age with his cricket loving father taking him to the local nets every day of the week throughout his younger years.

He went on to graduate from Sheffield Hallam University with a first-class degree in BSc Sports Development & Coaching. Most recently he worked for Yorkshire Cricket Board as the Disability Development Manager where he worked tirelessly to ensure that cricket is a game for everyone. Rohan is thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in shaping Chance to Shines impactful strategies that results in changing thousands of young people’s life for the better through the power of cricket.

rohan.randhawa@chancetoshine.org

Gaby joined Chance to Shine as the Major gift manager in June 2018. An enthusiastic fundraiser with expertise in leading the development of new strategic partnerships with Major Donors and Corporates, along with previous experience in the world of Direct Fundraising. The past 12 years’ worth of experience was gained through roles at Oxfam Great Britain, with the majority of time spent at Oxfam Australia, with a shorter contract at Oxfam Thailand and International Women’s Development Agency.

Quite the global traveller having spent much of the past 10 years living overseas in Australia with a stint in Bangkok, Gaby is now back on her home ground of Surrey and finally learning all there is to know about cricket!

In her first week at Chance to Shine her lunchtime view was of a match celebrating the 150 year anniversary tribute to the first Aboriginal team that played against England, which felt like the perfect welcome home, from her two homes.

Gabrielle.russell@chancetoshine.org

Zoya joined Chance to Shine as Senior Impact and Evaluation Officer in November 2021. Originally from Pakistan and Texas, Zoya has found her place in between. She moved to London in 2020 to study her MSc Human Rights and Politics at the London School of Economics. Previously, she received her BA in International Relations at the University of Texas at Austin, where she became fluent in Arabic and conducted research in Mexico City and Bangkok.

She is excited to join Chance to Shine and hopes to understand the impact of cricket on young people today, a time fraught with uncertainty. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between sport and children’s rights worldwide, deeply inspired by the likes of Colin Kaepernick, Naomi Osaka and Marcus Rashford. She also enjoys following her team, the San Antonio Spurs, reading and writing poetry and watching global TV and cinema.

Zoya.Zia@chancetoshine.org

Originally from Wales, Ellie joined Chance to Shine at the end of 2022 as Special Events Manager and brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Sport for Good sector. Ellie most recently held both events and fundraising roles at The Harlequins Foundation, where she enjoyed using the power of sport to create memorable experiences and events to bring about meaningful change. Her most recent role was as Fundraising Manager at Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players Association where she managed the fundraising and events programme to support rugby players facing serious injury, illness and hardship.

Ellie is new to the cricket world but is excited about delving into a new sport and learning about the huge benefits cricket affords to young people. Ellie is passionate about mental and physical wellbeing and played rugby for seven years before retiring and now plays in a local social netball league for fun. Ellie also enjoys brunches with friends and listening to comedy podcasts.

ellie.edwards@chancetoshine.org

Charlie graduated from Oxford Brookes University, studying Business & Management. Since graduating, Charlie has predominantly worked in commercial roles before joining Chance to Shine. He loves forming meaningful relationships with people and creating opportunities to use sport for good.

Charlie is a sport-lover and spends his free time participating in and watching running, cycling, football and cricket. Cricket has always been a part of Charlie’s life. He joined his local club aged four and continues to play club cricket today. Sport has given Charlie so much, and he is delighted to be able to play a small part in enabling more people to reap the benefits of being active and being part of a team.

charlie.wood@chancetoshine.org

Lizzy joined Chance to Shine in August 2023. Lizzie has experience volunteering in community centres and working with refugees and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Her passion for helping young people has led her to work in schools with SEN students and as a mentor for Teenage Helpline. 

Lizzie discovered a passion for fundraising while working with the fundraising team for the Archdiocese of Southwark. Her desire to support young people through fundraising has led her to the brilliant charity – Chance to Shine!

Since lockdown, she has discovered a love for exercise – she recognises the benefits of this for your mental health. Outside of work, she loves to bake, finding new recipes and winging it! She also loves watching films and spending time with her family.

elizabeth.heyman@chancetoshine.org

Danny joined the Chance to Shine team in September 2022 as the operations manager for the Midlands. Most recently, Danny has overseen the Warwickshire Cricket Board’s Schools’ programme in which cricket has been delivered in over 200 primary and secondary schools across Birmingham and Warwickshire. Danny studied Physical Education at Wolverhampton University, his cricketing journey started at an early age with his family all playing at Hunningham Cricket Club.

Danny believes that all children should be able to play, learn and develop through cricket in a safe environment. Away from work, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and watching as much sport as possible. Danny is passionate about our Chance to Shine programmes and enjoys working with coaches, teachers and children to ensure they all have a positive experience.

danny.maskell@chancetoshine.org

Chris joined Chance to Shine in December 2023, bringing with him wide experience from the world of education and research. He has worked extensively in fields such as teacher development, qualitative research, materials development and capacity building. He has worked predominantly in marginalised and underrepresented communities, both in the UK and overseas, in countries such as Nigeria, Nepal, Somaliland, Lebanon and Palestine. Prior to joining Chance to Shine, he worked on a large-scale British Council programme in Poland and Romania focusing on supporting Ukrainian teachers. 

He is a self-confessed cricket tragic, plying his trade for the Star CC in Bath twice a week during the summer as an aggressive, agricultural batter and gobby wicketkeeper. He also won his heat on Mastermind with “Lord’s Cricket Ground” as his specialist subject. 

He has a doctorate in education from the University of Bath and knows Jack Leach’s test bowling average to two decimal places.

Chance to Shine is incredibly lucky to have some amazing ambassadors. Here are some who regularly pledge their support for the charity.

Actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry has supported Chance to Shine for many years.

Chance to Shine is magnificent. We’re never going to have a great England cricket side in another 20 years unless Chance to Shine does it work. It goes throughout the country giving an opportunity to those brilliant cricketers who have never yet even seen a cricket ball.

There may be some geniuses out there who have never watched a match of cricket, never thought that cricket might be something that would give them pleasure and Chance to Shine exists entirely to spread the word about cricket and to enthuse amongst those who are naturally endowed with that mysterious gift that makes you a great cricketer.
– Stephen Fry

England captain Heather Knight has been involved with the charity since she broke into the England team.

Captain of the England side, Heather Knight has been a coaching ambassador for Chance to Shine since breaking into the team in 2010. Heather replaced Charlotte Edwards as England captain in 2016 and led England to triumph at the Cricket World Cup in 2017 on home soil. Heather received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List following the World Cup triumph. Heather and the team have been an incredibly inspiring force for the game and for young girls in particular.

Heather’s work with Chance to Shine has helped to inspire thousands of girls and boys to take part in the sport. Knowing how beneficial the sport has been for her, Heather hopes that the children can learn from it too: “It’s fantastic to see the smiles on the children’s faces and to see they’re enjoying their cricket. They can learn a huge amount from the sport that will help them later in life in terms of communication, team-work and respect.”

Former Governor of the Bank of England, Lord King, is President of Chance to Shine.

He first fell in love with cricket at Wolverhampton Grammar School and is a co-founder of our campaign. Lord King, along with Mark Nicholas and Duncan Fearnley, launched the Chance to Shine initiative to arrest the decline in state school cricket.

For Lord King, cricket was hugely beneficial: “Playing cricket at school taught me the importance of practice and team-work. Captaining a side on the field helped me significantly in my career in later years.

I believe that cricket can play a unique role in the education of children. It is the ultimate team game that reaches across boundaries of gender, race and class, offering opportunity to all.”

Rock and roll legend Sir Mick Jagger is a long-time supporter of the game and of Chance to Shine’s work.

In September 2018, Mick challenged the England and India teams to raise as much money for the charity as possible.

Mick pledged to back the players on both teams to the tune of £20,000 each time one of them scored a hundred or took five wickets and £10,000 if they scored a fifty or took three wickets. The game, which saw Alastair Cook score a magnificent century in his final match, ended with an England win and Mick’s donation totalled £190,000.

Speaking before the game, Mick said “I follow England – the game in general, in fact – from wherever I am in the world and thought this would be a fun way to make some money for Chance to Shine. It’s been an exciting series that has got people talking cricket so let’s reflect that; with every inspiring performance comes a new fan and the younger those fans are, the better it is for cricket’s future.”

A former international cricketer and England selector, James Taylor is passionate about the work of Chance to Shine.

After his promising England career was cut short by a serious heart illness in 2016, James has become an inspiring Chance to Shine ambassador. Every year since, James has visited schools and communities across the country on behalf of the charity, talking to the children and young people about his own experiences of the sport and how they helped him get through a remarkably difficult period of his life.

James credits cricket with giving him the resilience and mental strength to deal with the serious incident as well as helping him continue his life after cricket. Having worked in TV and radio since his diagnosis, James held roles as England selector and Head Scout until stepping down in June 2022.

Former cricketer, journalist and broadcaster, Mark Nicholas is also a Chance to Shine co-founder and Vice President.

The Channel Five Cricket presenter was responsible, along with our President Lord King and Vice President Duncan Fearnley, for the inception of Chance to Shine in 2005 when he helped to persuade the Cricket Foundation charity to devote all its efforts on a schools’ cricket campaign.

Mark felt strongly that the decline in cricket in state schools had to be reversed.

Mark has continued his strong support for the campaign ever since, regularly hosting fundraising events, attending school visits and promoting Chance to Shine at every opportunity.

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