She became captain of England’s first women’s team to play at Lord’s Cricket Ground in 1976; she has scored 30 centuries and her top score was 179 for England v Australia at The Oval in 1976 – still a record score for an English player in Test Matches in England.
In 1972, Rachael Heyhoe-Flint was awarded her MBE for services to cricket – the first woman to gain the award for cricket deeds. In 2008 Rachael Heyhoe-Flint was again recognised for her charity/cricket work with an OBE.
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint also played hockey for England (1964) as goalkeeper and represented Staffordshire for a record 25 years; in addition she played squash and golf for Staffordshire (lowest handicap of 5). She has written ‘Fair Play’, the story of Women’s Cricket, ‘Heyhoe’, her autobiography and two hockey instruction books.
Now a Public Relations and Sports Marketing Consultant in Wolverhampton she organises national corporate and charity Golf Days.
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint is the holder of four Honorary University Degrees:
(July 2002) Bradford: Doctor of Sport.
(Sept 2002) Wolverhampton: Hon. Fellowship-Management and Sport.
(Feb 2002) Greenwich: Doctor of Science.
(July 2006) Leeds Metropolitan: Doctor of Sport.
In 1995, Rachael was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands and was a Main Board Director of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club from 1997 -2004, Vice President in 2005. Named as one of the first female Honorary Life members of the MCC in March 1999 and in October 2004 she was voted on to the General Committee of the MCC (the 1st Woman in 217 years!), she also sits on the MCC Cricket and Marketing committee.
In 2001 Rachael became the President of the Lady Taverners, the national charity and fund raising arm of the Lord’s Taverners, who support youngsters with special needs by providing sports facilities and specially adapted Mini Buses. She went on to help raise £5 million in 6 years and a further £1million in 2007!
Established herself as a media figure and businesswoman who specialises in public relations, sports marketing and promotions; Rachael is well known on the speaker’s circuit and has been named the Best After Dinner Speaker by the Guild of Professional Toastmasters.
She was made a peer in January 2011 and is now Baroness Heyhoe-Flint.