The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have appointed Paul Shaw to the new role of Head of England Women's Performance.
The new role will replace that of England Women's Head Coach and Shaw takes over Mark Lane, who stood down as coach last month. Shaw has worked previously as the ECB Women's and Girl's High Performance Manager and Head Coach of the Women's Academy.
He began his coaching career at Barnsley Cricket Club before taking up a role with ICC Europe and then joining ECB in 2007 as a Coach Education Training Manager.
"The rationale for the England Women’s Head Coach role evolving in to a “Head of England Women’s Performance” is to reflect the scope and expansion of the England Women’s programme and the skill set now required to lead that programme, the coaching/support staff and the players," Clare Connor, ECB Head of Women's Cricket explained.
"I am thrilled that Paul Shaw has accepted the role. Paul has already made an excellent contribution as England Women’s Academy Head Coach from 2008-2011 and as ECB Women’s & Girls’ High Performance Manager from 2010 until the present time.
"Paul has considerable strengths in a range of areas, most notably in leadership, creating high performance cultures and talent development. I am wholly confident that Paul has the expertise and dynamism required to ensure that the England Women’s team regains its number one world ranking as we embark on a new World Cup cycle."
Hugh Morris, ECB Managing Director - England Cricket, added: "Paul was one of the first graduates of the ECB’s highly successful Level 4 coaching programme and now as Head of England Women’s Performance he will lead a world class programme with increased support from specialist coaches as well as sports science and medicine.
"An increased investment in coaching provision also allows us to recruit an additional Assistant Coach to work alongside Carl Crowe. The new ECB Strategic Plan sets out some high standards for the England Women’s programme and I am sure that Paul is ready for that challenge."
Carl Crowe will work with Shaw as his Assistant Coach and a second Assistant will also be appointed to work alongside Shaw in the coming months.
"I am delighted to be taking on this new role of Head of England Women’s Performance," Shaw said.
"I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the England Women’s cricket team towards achieving number one status in the world, and working with some outstanding players, coaches and support staff as we head into a busy summer of cricket with games against Pakistan, followed by what promises to be an exciting Ashes Series."
England play Pakistan in four matches in July before the revamped Ashes series, which now comprises the Ashes Test, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals, begins on 11th August.
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