UK charity Chance to Shine, which helps to promote cricket in state schools, has announced the appointment of Laura Cordingley as its new chief executive.
Cordingley was most recently assistant director in the Mayor of London’s office, where her responsibilities included helping to manage volunteering and sport across the city.
Her past employment includes working as community development manager at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) from 2013 to 2017, where she developed and delivered the Lord’s owners’ community engagement strategy, and sports development roles at not-for profit organisation Durham City School Sports Partnership, which develops sport for young people, and Volleyball England.
A former captain of England’s national netball team, Cordingley will replace Luke Swanson when she takes up her new position in April.
Donald Brydon, chairman of Chance to Shine, said: “I am delighted that Laura is joining to take Chance to Shine on the next stage of its journey. All of us associated with Chance to Shine owe Luke a great deal for his leadership and the successful development of our programmes to inspire children to play and learn through cricket. Luke and the team have established a great platform for our future; Laura’s deep expertise in community sport and her commitment to educating children through cricket will be hugely important in our further development.”
Cordingley added: “I am thrilled to be joining Chance to Shine, an organisation that I have worked with and admired for some years now. It will be a privilege to lead such a successful, well-respected charity. I am excited by the opportunities that lie ahead at a time of significant change and tremendous opportunity both for cricket and the wider sport-for-development sector.”