Clare Connor officially took up the duties as the first female President of the Marylebone Cricket Club on Friday as he succeeded Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara who was the club's first overseas chief.
Connor was nominated by Sangakkara, who had served his extended second term after being appointed as the MCC president in May 2019.
"I am truly honoured to be MCC President and would like to thank Kumar Sangakkara for putting his faith in me to deliver this enormously important role, for the good of the sport I have loved all my life," she said on her appointment.
"I will try to bring my range of experiences from the dressing room and the boardroom to support, influence and work alongside the Club's leadership and committees over the next 12 months. I am really looking forward to being part of the MCC team".
Connor, who is currently the Managing Director of Women’s Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), led England women to their first Ashes victory in 2005 after a gap of 42 years. The 45-year old also worked extensively on central contracts for England's female cricketers which came to fruition in 2014. She played 16 Tests, 93 ODIs and two T20Is since making her debut in 1995.