Making her international debut at the tender age of 16, and England captain for over 11 years, Charlotte is not only a player many wish to emulate, but also an inspirational member of the Chance to Shine team. Her meteoric rise from being spotted playing schools’ Kwik Cricket on the outfield at Chelmsford Cricket Club in 1990 to becoming the world’s most capped female cricketer reflects Chance to Shine’s aspirations. 

In 2008 Charlotte became the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and started working with Chance to Shine as a coaching ambassador. In 2009 she was awarded the MBE for services to sport, and in 2012 she won both ECB Women’s Cricketer of the Year and Chance to Shine Ambassador of the Year. In June 2014, Charlotte was awarded a CBE for services to cricket after captaining the team to back-to-back Ashes wins in 2013 and 2014. Charlotte was named of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2014. Charlotte retired from all cricket in September 2017.

Charlotte feels Chance to Shine is the best thing that’s ever happened to women’s cricket. When she was at school, Charlotte was unaware of the existence of an England women’s team, and so believes she’s in a very fortunate position to be a role model and have a positive impact in schools and clubs.