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Sir Andrew Strauss

Ex-Professional Cricketer, Broadcaster & Businessman

London, UK

Andrew Strauss
James Stoddart
Bestport Private Equity
Mark Stroyan
Manchester Square Partners

Biography

Sir Andrew Strauss is hailed as one of the greatest English cricketers of all time.

After making his Test debut for England in 2004, Sir Andrew was the only English batsman to score two centuries in the famous Ashes victory over Australia in 2005. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year as a result. Appointed England captain in 2009, he proceeded to become one of only three England captains to win the Ashes both home and away. Under his composed leadership, England became the No.1 ranked Test team in the world for the first time since the 1950s.

Widely respected, Andrew retired from cricket in 2012, having played 100 Test Matches and 127 One Day Internationals. He went on to spend time as a broadcaster for Sky Sports and a columnist for The Sunday Times before returning to cricket with his appointment as Director of Cricket at the ECB in 2015. He was tasked with putting together a framework to win the World Cup after years of English underperformance in that format. His planning came to fruition in 2019 when England won the ICC World Cup at Lord’s for the first time ever.

After losing his wife to cancer in December 2018, he founded The Ruth Strauss Foundation, setting out to raise funds for research into rare forms of lung cancer and offering support to patients and their families affected by an incurable cancer diagnosis.

Andrew is a founding partner and Executive Chairman of Mindflick, a company specialising in using performance psychology to help individuals and teams to improve performance and wellbeing. He is currently Chairman of the ECB Cricket Committee, sits on the ICC Cricket Committee and is an Advisory Board Member to the IPL team, the Rajasthan Royals. A seasoned guest speaker, Andrew has talked at a variety of engagements, providing an insight into experiences encountered throughout an illustrious career.

He was awarded an MBE in 2005, followed by OBE in 2011 and was knighted for services to cricket and charity in 2019.

Andrew Strauss’ Newsfeed

The Independent
Andrew Strauss appointed to England and Wales Cricket Board in non-voting capacity

Ian Watmore has started his role as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board by welcoming Sir Andrew Strauss to the board in a non-voting capacity. Strauss, along with former England cricketer and board member Lucy Pearson, deepens the provision of first-hand top-level cricket input for the men’s and women’s games.

Sky Sports
Sir Andrew Strauss blown away after Ruth Strauss Foundation donations exceed £870,000

Sir Andrew Strauss is 'incredibly thankful' for the support the Ruth Strauss Foundation has received. "The money is only there to make a difference and to help people at an awful time in their lives. The responsibility is on us and the foundation to make that happen now"

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Andrew Strauss’ Background

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Ex-Professional Cricketer, Broadcaster & Businessman
Sir Andrew Strauss became a household name due to his cricketing talent. A former Ashes winning England Captain, Strauss was made an OBE for his exceptional services to sport. His success has continued post playing career as a businessman. He is a key player on the ECB Board, formed part of Sky Sports' lauded cricket coverage and has founded his own charitable organisation.
Mindflick
Executive Chairman
Bakewell, UK
Founded in 2013, Mindflick specialises in performance psychology, crafting tools to assist clients in reaching their full potential. Operating out of a barn in the picturesque Peak District, the company focuses upon design, consultancy, psychology, training and research. High profile clients have included World Cup Winners and previous Premier League Champions, Manchester City.
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Andrew Strauss’ Gallery

Current Board Positions

England and Wales Cricket Board
Board Member (non-voting)
Sep 2020 - Present
London, UK
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was established on January 1 1997 as the single national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales. It has its headquarters at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
Rajasthan Royals
Global Advisory Board Member
Jaipur, IN
The Rajastan Royals is one of the cricket teams competing in the prestigious annual Indian Premier League T20 competition.

Philanthropy

Ruth Strauss Foundation
Founder
London, UK
Established in memory of Sir Andrew's late wife, the Ruth Strauss Foundation aims to provide psychological, emotional and wellbeing support to patients and their families. The organisation also funds research into rare lung cancers. The idea for the charity's formation came from Ruth in the last few months of her life.
The Primary Club
President
Saffron Walden, UK
The Primary Club is a charity that raises money to provide recreational facilities and sports to the visually impaired. Founded in 1955 at Beckenham Cricket Club, the organisation has in the region of 9,800 members who have donated £3 million. The club is run by unpaid volunteers who possess a passion for cricket and philanthropic causes.

Media

Sky News | Ruth Strauss Tribute
Interviewee
Aug 2019
London, UK
Sir Andrew Strauss OBE talks to Sky News about what it will mean for him to see Lord's turned red in memory of his wife Ruth, as England and Australia take part in a Tribute during the Ashes test.

Publications

Driving Ambition: My Autobiography
Author
Winner of Wisden Book of the Year 2014, Andrew gives the low-down on his remarkable career, one which saw him triumph as England captain and transform the national side into the world's number one. A must for cricket lovers, the book emphasises his quiet, modest yet highly ambitious nature.
Winning the Ashes Down Under: The Captain's Story
Author
Andrew Strauss describes how in 2010 England beat Australia in the Ashes on their own soil, a feat not achieved for 24 years. From behind the scenes insights to day to day life during a series, Strauss explains how the implementation of formidable leadership and planning helped the team overcome injury and hostility in order to achieve a historic result.
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Awards & Endorsements

Wisden
Wisden Cricketer of the Year
Aug 2005
London, UK
Awarded annually by the Wisden Cricketers Almanack publication, the Wisden Cricketers of the Year are those individuals determined to have had the greatest impact during the previous English season. The award began in 1889 with the naming of "Six Great Bowlers of the Year" and generally recognises five outstanding players yearly.

Academic Appointments

Durham University
Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law
2011 - Present
Durham, UK
Established in 1832, Durham University was the first to open in England for more than 600 years, after Oxford and Cambridge. The university is a part of the Russell Group of British research universities and includes 63 listed buildings, including Durham Castle. It was awarded Sunday Times University of the year in 2005 and a Queen's Anniversary prize in 2018.

Andrew Strauss’ Education