ECB Chief Medical Officer Professor Nick Peirce, England All-Round Male Moeen Ali and Independent Non-Executive Director Ron Kalifa have all been recognized in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honors List.
Professor Nick Peirce MBE
Professor Peirce, the ECB’s chief medical officer, has been awarded an MBE for his services to sport during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Peirce has been recognized for his significant contribution to cricket and sport in the development in the UK of guidance on the return from training and competition. Rigorous effort throughout the match made cricket the first sport in the world to hold an international team competition, after the pandemic took hold.
With very little known about COVID-19 and evolving government strategy, the ECB medical team worked 18 hours a day to try to quickly understand the risks of coronavirus transmission in a cricket setting. Through careful research and analysis, the team was able to demonstrate that cricket was safe, risks could be mitigated and protocols could be introduced, helping to direct government support to allow play to resume.
During what was a difficult time across the world, with unprecedented challenges and new frontiers being pushed for medicine and science, all areas of cricket came together to safely deliver international sport with biosecure bubbles, providing a vital boost to the millions of fans watching from home.
Professor Peirce said: “The impact of the pandemic has been extremely difficult for all of us and is still being felt. The hard work of countless people continues, which now allows us to enjoy the freedoms of society and sport in 2022. However, there are still important lessons to be learned for managing safety and well-being in sport in the future.
“I have seen firsthand how sport can be a force for good and I am humbled and very proud to receive this honour, having been part of a great team that helped bring cricket back to the fans in 2020. “
Moeen Ali OBE
England men’s international star Moeen Ali also received an OBE for his services to cricket. After making his England debut in 2014, he has become a successful all-rounder in all three of the game’s formats and is a cricketing icon who has inspired fans around the world.
Moeen ended his Test career last year after taking 195 wickets in 64 matches, the third most Test wickets by a spinner for England. He scored just under 3,000 tries with five centuries and also showed his match-winning ability with five five-wicket runs.
He was part of England’s 2019 Men’s World Cup winning squad and continues to represent the side in limited overs cricket. He will be part of the squad for the Netherlands’ three-match ODI series starting in Amstelveen on June 17.
Moeen Ali said: “It means a lot to receive this honor. Cricket has given me a lot in my life and I feel lucky and honored to be able to play and enjoy this great game all over the world. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of my family and I will be forever grateful to them. I hope I managed to inspire a few people along the way.”
ECB Director General Tom Harrison said: “I am absolutely delighted that Moeen and Professor Nick have been recognized for their incredible contributions to cricket.
“Professor Nick has been a key figure in our sport for several years. First, working on tour with our elite teams, then as Chief Medical Officer, driving and building knowledge on the welfare and medical support of players and staff. His role during the pandemic has been absolutely essential in helping to build the confidence of players and staff in our plans to keep people safe and ensure the rapid return of international, domestic and recreational cricket following the potentially devastating impact of COVID- 19 on sports. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude. On behalf of everyone at the ECB, I would like to extend my most sincere and well-deserved congratulations on receiving this public recognition for his work.”
“Moeen has been an inspiration to our sport and a role model for people across the country. He carried the three lions with pride and has an enviable international record in the tests, ODI and IT20. He’s been a wonderful entertainer with bat and ball and is one of those players who tends to fill stadiums wherever he plays. His performances were a privilege to behold, he is a cricketing champion and a man who embodies the enormous power of our sport to bring people together regardless of their background, culture or religion. Congratulations Moeen on this well-deserved honor.
Mr Ron Kalifa
Independent non-executive director Ron Kalifa has been knighted in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honors List.
Ron is a renowned strategic and operational leader in digital and financial services, serving as Chairman of Network International, a FTSE company, and FutureLearn.
In June 2019 he was appointed to the Court of Directors of the Bank of England and is also a member of the Council of Imperial College London. Previously, he led Worldpay, a leading technology payments company, for more than 10 years and was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year Honors List, for his services to financial services and technology.
Sir Ron Kalifa said: “It is a huge honor and privilege to receive this recognition from the Queen. None of this would have been possible without the support of my loved ones throughout my life, including my family, friends and friends. colleagues.
“I am fortunate to have worked in positions that I am very passionate about and I hope I have made a difference, both on the board and in the field. Sport in particular has the power to change lives and I look forward to continuing to have a positive impact in the future.
Martin Darlow, Acting President of the ECB, said: “It’s fantastic to see Ron’s accomplishments and hard work rewarded with this honour. Ron has been a great asset to the ECB Board since his appointment, using his great expertise to the benefit of cricket and on behalf of the ECB I would like to congratulate him on his knighthood.