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Middlesex Cricket and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) can today confirm the appointment of Kari Carswell to the role of Head of Women’s Cricket across both organisations.

Carswell steps into the role with a wealth of experience, having spent the last five years in New Zealand, working in coaching and development roles with Northern Districts, as Head Coach and Female Pathways Manager at Spirit, as Assistant Coach of ‘Whiteferns’ Development, and most recently in her role as Head Coach of the New Zealand Under 19 and Development squads.

Prior to her time in New Zealand, Carswell had a distinguished playing and coaching career with Scotland Women spanning more than two decades, in which she amassed over 150 caps as a player, captained her country, held the position of Head Coach for Scotland’s Under 17’s side for over two years and ultimately led the national side as Head Coach for over five years.

Carswell’s role will see her working jointly with both Middlesex Cricket and MCC, responsible for the strategic growth and delivery of all Women and Girl’s cricket programmes, working with the MCC Foundation, and supporting the delivery of London Spirit programmes.

Speaking of the appointment of Carswell, Angus Fraser, Managing Director of Cricket for Middlesex Cricket, commented:

“I am delighted Kari has joined Middlesex Cricket to become Head of Women’s Cricket. During the interview process Kari’s deep passion for the game and strong desire to develop Women and Girl cricketers shone through.

“This enthusiasm is backed up by the impressive programmes she has produced and experience she has gained in a number of areas of the game in New Zealand.

“We look forward to Kari overseeing the development of a thriving Women and Girl’s game within the county and that Middlesex continue to play a leading role within the Women’s cricket.”

John Stephenson, Assistant Secretary (Cricket) of MCC, said:

“Both MCC and Middlesex are fully committed to working together to develop women's cricket and I am sure that Kari will be a great asset to both organisations.

“MCC is hugely passionate about increasing the visibility of the women's and girls' game at all levels, and we are delighted to welcome Kari to help us achieve this goal.”

On starting the new role this week, Carswell herself commented:

I’m passionate about cricket so having the opportunity to work for Middlesex Cricket and MCC is a real privilege. It goes without saying that both have plenty of history and tradition and I’m excited to enhance my knowledge about both organisations.

“There’s been great work done in the women’s space and I really want to build on that - providing positive experiences to those involved in the programmes and giving people lots of opportunities to fulfil their potential.”

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