Ebony Rainford-Brent made history by becoming the first black woman to play in the England Cricket Team, an achievement that saw her awarded an MBE for her services to cricket.
Making her international debut at just 17, Ebony has played at the top levels of international cricket, inspiring younger generations of girls.
Now Ebony is a multi-award-winning TV presenter and broadcaster, winning a Sport’s Journalist Award and a BAFTA for her work.
Her inspiring story, years of experience, and down-to-earth nature make Ebony the perfect keynote speaker for any corporate event.
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Ebony Rainford-Brent’s first introduction to cricket was aged 9 when the charity Cricket for Change visited her primary school. It had not been long since her elder brother had been killed, and she threw herself into the sport. She had a natural ability for it, excelling at cricket, football, basketball, and athletics at school and local championships – including the English Schools’ Athletics Championships. But she decided to focus just on cricket.
Her promising sporting career took a break after she gained a severe back injury aged 19, suffering from prolapsed discs and a pars defect. This was a dark time for Ebony, and NHS doctors even advised her against playing any sport. Whilst she took on their advice, she was still determined to play and got help from the Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme programme, and she was fit enough to represent her country at the 2007 World series in India. 2007 would also see her named UCL sportswoman of the Year and see her graduate with a Masters in chemistry.
Ebony started playing for Surrey in their under 11’s team and continued playing for them throughout her senior career. She captained the team, and they were promoted to the top flight of domestic women’s cricket, the LV County Championship Division One.
Ebony’s greatest achievement comes from being part of the team who won the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2009. Within three months of winning this, the team won the Women’s World T20 and retained the Ashes.
Since retiring from professional cricket, Ebony Rainford-Brent has become a popular sporting pundit, TV Commentator, and radio broadcaster, covering the female and male games.
She has worked for various TV channels, including Sky’s coverage of The Hundred, the White Ball Series for BBC, and Channel 4, covering the 2021 India-England test series, as well as presenting Newsround, and BBC Breakfast, and being a regular pundit for Sky Sports.
She has also been one of the hosts of BBC Radio’s The Women’s Sport Show, talking about the role that women play in sports and BBC’s radio Test Match Special where she contributed to men’s domestic and international matches.
Since 2017, Ebony has been hosting her own podcast, The Art of Success, where she sits down with top-level high performers from various industries to talk about their strategies for success. Guests have included former Press Secretary Alastair Campbell, athlete Kriss Akabusi, ex-rugby player Maggie Alphonsi, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, TV Presenter Richard Osman, and actor Jim Carter. She has also appeared on Sue Anstiss’ podcast, The Game Changers, where she discusses diversity in cricket.
Ebony received her MBE not only for her services to cricket but also for her charity work.
She is the Chair of the Ace Programme – The African Caribbean Engagement Programme – which helps support underrepresented talent “from the Grassroots to the Elite”. She is a trustee for the England and Wales Cricket Trust, and an Ambassador for Beyond Sport, ICC, and WASH United. During her playing career, she was one of the first England women cricketers to be invited to be an Ambassador for A Chance to Shine, which provides coaching and speaking opportunities to help inspire young girls to access cricket.
In 2011, she became the cricket executive for the Lord’s Taverners charity, helping develop national programmes to support disabled and disadvantaged young people to access sport.
With over two decades of experience in high-performing environments, Ebony Rainford-Brent provides keynote speeches, consultancy, and professional cricket training.
She has been the first female Director of women’s cricket for Surrey County Cricket Club, works with the Surrey Cricket Board to help develop the women’s game, and is a Master Practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
– Women in Sport
– Peak Performance
– Overcoming Obstacles
With a remarkable story, Ebony Rainford-Brent is an in-demand sporting, keynote, and after-dinner speaker who will have audiences eating out of her hand.
The dinner was a great success and Ebony’s after dinner talk was excellent and I think that everyone attending must have been motivated by her enthusiasm for the game, and the way we can overcome problems as they crop up in life. She was so good in greeting and congratulating the players as they came forward for their trophies, and the two ladies (one the women’s captain) who attended from my own club were thrilled to be able to chat with her, she was such an encouragement to them, and her ability to hold the audience and to interact with them was a joy to see.
Colin, Oxfordshire Cricket Association
Ebony had me hooked from the very start of her presentation. It was truly refreshing to listen to someone who had tailored their talk specifically to the audience in the room which consequently meant the content from personal stories to career progression, to techniques and advice on how to start structuring career development, was all wholly relevant, engaging and inspiring. I hope to follow Ebony’s motivational footprint, drive and determination.