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Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance

June 22 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

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As a follow up to the highly successful ‘A New Strategy for Sport’ conference, hosted in Spring 2016, Open Forum Events are pleased to present a further opportunity to bring together like minded individuals and stakeholders to focus on the issues that matter in the world of sport.

In recent months, the integrity of sport has been called into question on numerous issues. The Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance conference is a timely event and will seek to promote standards and address some of the challenges to ensure all sporting activities adhere to robust codes of conduct and strong moral principles.

According to the latest research from the Active People Survey published in December 2016, nearly 16 million people over the age of 16 are playing sport at least once a week. In 2015/16 nearly 81% of 5-15-year-olds stated they had participated in a competitive sport in the previous 12 months with a third of this activity having taken place outside school.

With sport proving to be such an integral part of national life it is imperative that it is managed in an appropriate and irreproachable manner. Revelations about sexual abuse and corruption in football, widespread accusations of doping, claims of gender inequality and sexism, plus further discrimination issues on grounds such as race, sexuality and disability have placed sporting organisations under acute scrutiny.

The Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance conference will consider the issues that are threatening the integrity of sport in the UK and seek to find the answers to ensuring that the ethical principles of sport governance are upheld and strengthened. The agenda will feature expert speakers with experience in preserving the ideologies of sport participation against a background of mounting threats.

Delegates will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the new charter for sports governance which will affect all organisations who are, or looking to be, recipients for public funding. The challenges of achieving organisational excellence and integrity across a number of other contentious matters such as safeguarding, inequality and doping will also feature as part of the plenary programme. Don’t miss out on this comprehensive insight into reinforcing sporting standards and preserving moral codes of conduct through good governance.

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Britain has had a long and envious history in sport. Seen as the birthplace for the modern games of football, tennis, rugby golf and cricket, sport has always taken a strong position in society contributing to human and social development.

Engaging in sport and physical activity offers a wealth of benefits; human, social and economic. Improvements in health and wellbeing, along with social and interpersonal developments can make significant impacts on the lives of individuals and the communities they live in. Whether it is as participant, volunteer or spectator sport is very firmly part of the nation’s psyche.

Britain has enjoyed a ‘golden era’ of elite sporting success in recent years boasting a record Olympic and Paralympic medal haul, Tour De France winners and a Wimbledon champion twice over.

Like any other business, the management of sport needs to adhere to strict codes of conduct and governance. In the UK, sport enjoys a high level of integrity, however, a new charter for sports governance has been published for publicly funded organisation to further build on standards. The code comes at a time when sport is under acute scrutiny. Alleged state sponsored doping by Russia; child sex abuse scandal in football; calls for the board of the FA to resign as they are charged with being ‘out of touch’ and sexist; corruption at the highest of levels; gender inequality and discrimination against minority and vulnerable groups are all threatening the very core of sporting ethics.

Previous Acting Minister for Sport David Evennett said:
‘Sport has a unique power that improves the lives of millions of people in the UK so it is only right that we do all we can to ensure that sport bodies uphold the highest levels of governance and integrity.’
‘Governance in publicly funded sport is at a good standard in this country but we cannot be complacent. The new code will mean a more consistent approach so that organisations know exactly what is expected. Sport bodies have to be accountable for the public money they receive and we are absolutely clear that those that do not adhere to the new code will not receive public funds in the future.’

The code will be operational from April 2017 and will apply to those sporting bodies wishing to be recipients of public funds and is based on the below key elements:

  • Transparency-Organisations must work transparently
  • Integrity-Organisations and those leading them must work to the highest standards of integrity
  • Financial probity-Organisations must exhibit undeviating honesty, integrity and competence in financial matters
  • Leadership and decision making-Organisations must be led by fit-for-purpose boards
  • Membership-Organisations must work to ensure that internal democracy is vigorous and healthy
  • Independence of thought-Organisations’ decision-making bodies must include a sufficient number of people who are free from a close connection to the organisation and who provide constructive challenge
  • Diversity-Organisations must have diversity in their leadership and decision-making, and at all levels
    of the workforce
  • Culture-A healthy organisational culture is vital to the long-term success of an organisation

The code aims to address some of the significant challenges facing sport. Gender inequality is being specifically addressed with target sets for an increased number of women to sit on boards of large sporting organisations. These targets also apply to men of underrepresented groups, whilst a consultation will take place on the introduction of other specific targets including for BAME and disability representation on boards.

Any quality governance code must strongly support safeguarding vulnerable groups and child protection and have the necessary procedures to endorse this crucial process. Eradicating illegal drug use, financial propriety and transparency also form the foundations of integrity and governance.

Join us at the Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance conference where we will discuss the importance of maintaining high standards within sport. We are proud to introduce to you a programme of expert speakers who will discuss the latest developments in terms of compliance with the charter and focus on the most important aspects, which, if neglected, will bring sporting integrity into disrepute. This bespoke programme has been designed to give delegates maximum opportunity to question and debate with the plenary speakers the issues of the day whilst ample networking time will allow for peer discussion and introductions.

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  • Get an overview of the importance of sport in the nation’s culture
  • Hear how sporting governance is being reinforced by the new charter to come into effect in April
  • Discover how your organisation will need to comply if you wish to be in receipt of public funding
  • Learn how to strengthen you governance
  • Be reminded of the need for robust safeguarding procedures and the latest updates
  • Explore how you can ensure your organisation is promoting inclusion at all levels and discrimination
    based on gender, race, sexuality and disability have no place
  • Listen to a narrative on the issues surrounding doping and the risks it poses on ethical sport and
    athlete’s health
  • Be informed of successful programmes that are upholding integrity and standards by promoting inclusion
  • Review your volunteering programme against the publication of the Volunteering in an Active Nation
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the challenges of attaining excellence in
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain CPD credits

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ICSA’s Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration is developed specifically for governance professionals in the sporting sector. Working with policy makers, regulators and funders, we continuously provide new guidance and resources for the sector.

We host events, including roundtable discussions, where those involved in the governance of sports organisations can meet with colleagues, governance professionals and industry experts to share learning and network.

ICSA: The Governance Institute is the professional body for governance. Our Royal Charter means we lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’.

Website: www.icsa.org.uk


Kids Run Free

Kids Run Free is a national children’s charity based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

The Kids Run Free mission is to create fun, sustainable running opportunities for 0-16 year olds, igniting their passion for sport and physical activity and allowing them to become healthier, happier, more confident children.

The charity offers a bespoke Marathon Kids programme for primary schools as well as early morning running events in parks at the weekend. Their programmes are accessible to all children, regardless of age or ability.

The Kids Run Free vision is that every child will be able to realise their potential through running.




Substance is a social research and technology company helping organisations that do good, think smarter.

We work alongside individuals, organisations and policy makers alike to embed key research findings into future practice and strategic development and use a range of technologies to ensure our projects are relevant, scalable and sustainable.

Views is our own database that provides the ideal means for organisations to improve and demonstrate their impact and value. Incorporated into over 800 organisation’s day to day activities, we know Views is invaluable in making impact measurement more accessible to charities and public service organisations of any size.

Using our research and technology expertise, we give organisations the knowledge and insight they need to do what they do, better.


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Established in 2003, Infonetica are based in the UK with headquarters in London and offices in Sydney and Newark.

Infonetica lead the way in ethics review, as the originators of the ethical approval software used across all NHS clinical trials.

Innovators of ethical approval solutions deployed at both National and local level in the UK, Infonetica also supplies and manages systems Internationally for Government and private sector clients, specifically in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.

As organisations become increasingly challenged to demonstrate openness and transparency, Infonetica stand as leaders in the field, building the frameworks that support organisations in meeting these requirements.




Informed-Sport is a quality assurance program for sports nutrition products, suppliers to the sports nutrition industry, and supplement manufacturing facilities. The program certifies that every batch of a supplement product and/or raw material that bears the Informed-Sport logo has been tested for banned substances by LGC’s world-class sports anti-doping laboratory. Supplements users should use Informed-Sport.com to find products that have been through this rigorous certification process, while athletes are strongly advised to cross reference the tested batches listed on the product pages with the batches they are consuming.



Up Shot

Upshot is an online management system developed in 2012 by the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity.

It was built to help the hundreds of organisations it funds to manage, monitor and evidence their sports projects, and designed with a high degree of flexibility to provide value to a variety of organisations.

Upshot has been so well received that it is now being used by over 650 different organisations, including NGBs, Sport Foundations, County Sports Partnerships, universities and Sport for Development organisations.

To find out more, please go to www.upshot.org.uk or give us a call on 020 7842 8899.




Professor Emma Boggis, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Emma Boggis is Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, a role she took up in September 2014. The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK and represents 320 members – including The Football Association, the Rugby Football Union, UK Athletics, the Ramblers, British Rowing and the Royal Academy of Dance. The Alliance’s role, like every trade association, is to speak up on their members’ behalf, represent their views and provide them with services which make their lives easier.
Emma is also a non-executive Director at the British Paralympic Association, a Trustee of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and a member of the NCVO Advisory Council.
Before joining the Alliance, Emma spent the majority of her career in the senior civil service. Latterly she was head of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit in the Cabinet Office, supporting Lord Coe in his role as the Prime Minister’s Legacy Ambassador. Emma’s previous roles have included Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy in Madrid. Her early career started in the British Army where she had operational tours in Northern Ireland and Kosovo. Emma is a keen sportswoman – with a number of marathons and triathlons under her belt along with a few long distance cycle rides.


Louise Thomson FCIS, Head of Policy, ICSA: The Governance Institute

Louise Thomson FCIS, Head of Policy (Not for Profit) at ICSA: The Governance Institute
Louise has extensive knowledge of governance issues garnered from her 20-year career in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including education and the NHS, complemented by her experience as a school governor, pension and charity trustee.
Her work has covered the development of the code of governance for charities and voluntary organisations, board training, reviews and development, research into sector governance and the production of over 100 guidance notes aimed at the sector.


Asantewaa Brenya, Governance Manager, UK Sport

Asantewaa Brenya joined UK Sport in May 2014. Before joining UK Sport she worked in the public sector, providing corporate and project governance advice to boards in housing and local government. Prior to working in the public sector, she spent 15 years in the voluntary sector working with NGOs such as Save the Children, Age UK and a national medical research charity, Ataxia UK. Her experience from the voluntary sector includes corporate fundraising, major donor fundraising, event management and charity governance.

UK Sport is the strategic lead body for high performance sport in the United Kingdom, and invests public funds to enable British Olympic and Paralympic athletes to maximise their chance of medal success. The Governance and Leadership Team at UK Sport work with funded national governing bodies and partners in which UK Sport invests to establish and operate robust governance standards.


Jameel Hadi, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Salford

Jameel Hadi developed the nationally acclaimed service Participation Through Sport (PTS) 2003 to 2013. This was a service shaped by children and young people’s agenda to take part in positive activities. The model of participation was rooted with activities reflecting the priority of children led by young leaders. PTS was successful in overcoming youth divides; including connecting young people who experience disadvantage and targeted social care provision with their wider peer group.
PTS undertook consultations with British Judo and Football Association to inform the relationship between safeguarding policies and procedures and children and young people within sport. This helped inform listening to children and safeguarding resources, including a film endorsed by Sports Leaders UK and the Cheshire Safeguarding Board.
PTS partnered with Affinity Sutton, O2 Think Big, Street Games and the National Youth Agency. It also ran the pilot for the Cabinet’s Office NCS flagship youth programme, winning the V, regional and national award. Jameel has also been an FA Tutor and Mentor delivering Equality, Safeguarding and Welfare Officer Workshops.
Jameel has contributed to: The Conversation, Discover Society and the IB Times. He has recently developed an MA in Social Pedagogy. He is also interested in collaborating in action research that promotes young people’s agency and contribution to communities.
Twitter: @jameel_hadi


Martine Verweij, Founding CEO, Kids Run Free

Martine Verweij is the founding CEO of the UK charity Kids Run Free, and founding Director of Raceways. Martine has over 10 years’ experience in sports event management, and has competed internationally for Great Britain and the Netherlands in cyclo-cross and triathlon. The charity operates ‘Kids Run Free’ in the parks and ‘Marathon Kids’ in schools. Martine’s mission is to create free, fun, sustainable, running opportunities for every child inspiring them to be active on a regular basis by goal setting, tracking, role-modelling, rewarding and celebrating. In just 5 years the charity has grown exponentially and has now worked with over 50,000 children. To learn more go to: www.kidsrunfree.co.uk For more information about Raceways: www.raceways.eu


Craig Beeston, Policy Officer, ICSA: The Governance Institute

Craig Beeston, Policy Officer (Not for Profit), ICSA: The Governance Institute
Craig is a Policy Officer at ICSA where he works on the not-for-profit sector with a particular focus on the Institute’s sports governance work. He researches and produces guidance on aspects of governance in sports organisations and has written articles on a range of related topics. Prior to ICSA, Craig carried out academic research into international rankings of public service delivery and blame management strategies employed by office-holders.


Professor Laura McAllister CBE, Professor of Practice in Public Policy and the governance of Wales, Cardiff University

Professor Laura McAllister CBE, FLSW
Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre. Expert on devolution, Welsh politics and elections, and gender representation and the feminisation of politics.
Former Chair of Sport Wales, board member of UK Sport and Football Association of Wales Trust. Former Wales international player and captain with 24 caps. Member of UEFA Women’s Football Committee. Non-Executive Director of executive search firm, Goodson Thomas Ltd. Fellow of Learned Society of Wales. Chair of Expert Panel on Electoral Reform.
Former member of Assembly Remuneration Board, Independent Panel on AMs Pay and Support, Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales.

Michele Verroken, Founding Director, Sporting Integrity

Michele Verroken is Founding Director of Sporting Integrity, the international sports consultancy specialising in integrity and governance innovation. Clients include Sport Accord, International and National Sports Federations, Professional Sports (Golf, Mixed Martial Arts, ESports), as well as athletes, medical, media and law professionals. Initially a teacher and lecturer in human and sports sciences before taking a management role at The Sports Council in 1987, later UK Sport. Her first assignment with Sports Minister Colin Moynihan and Sebastian Coe was to create the UK’s first Independent Anti-Doping Programme. As Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping at UK Sport for twenty years, Michele achieved a number of other firsts (ISO certified procedures for Anti-Doping which became the operating standards of the World Anti-Doping Code, professional sports Illicit/Recreational drugs programme, Drug Information Database and whistleblowing line). Since 2002 Michele has been Commonwealth Games Federation Medical Commission Secretary, organising and delivering medical and anti-doping services for Commonwealth Games. Michele serves on several sports arbitration panels and visiting lecturer for several university MSc courses. An eternal student, Michele recently graduated from the first ICSA Sports Governance and Administration course with Distinction! A former international netball umpire, handball and korfball player, county netballer and cricketer, Michele has retired from competitive sport for the moment.

Arun Kang, CEO, Sporting Equals

Arun Kang is Chief Executive of Sporting Equals, an organisation working across the UK with a network of over 5000 sports clubs and community organisations and 150 ethnic media outlets.
Arun is widely recognised as a leading authority on equality, diversity and inclusion in sport and secured his status having graduated with a Masters in Promoting Equality and Managing Diversity. Arun has pioneered the ‘Inclusive Club’ model which makes the business case for inclusion for professional sports clubs. He is the founder of the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs) and lead member for sport for the World Entrepreneurship Forum.
Arun chairs the Public Health England National Physical Activity Implementation Framework, is a visiting lecturer for the University of Birmingham, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Mentor for the European Social Innovation Academy. He began his career in the media, working as a producer for the BBC.
Sporting Equals key clients include Equality and Human Rights Commission, Liverpool FC, Glasgow Life, the Lord’s Taverner’s, Age UK, and the Tennis Foundation.

Andy Himsworth, FA Core Regional Performance Coach, FA Observer, FA Referee Tutor

Andy has over 20 years’ experience in football Refereeing and was active to PGMOL level, he is now an active Referee Observer to PGMOL level. Delivers Basic Refereeing Course to new Officials across the UK and delivers high quality practical (on-field) and classroom technical sessions to a diverse range of participants.
His main role is as a County (North Riding FA) and National CORE Referee Coach across the UK and Europe. Andy has attended numerous Premier League international tournaments as a Referee Coach ensuring Safeguarding, Integrity and Standards are maintained in line with FA regulations.
Andy has media and guest speaking experience within professional sports and recently presented during the Support the Ref campaign on Sky Sports News (2017).

Andy Himsworth is a qualified Trainer / Health and Safety Practitioner in the professional sector with Mobile Mini UK advising staff across 16 locations and has previous experience in Compliance and Governance in Public and Private sectors with NHS and Cleveland Police amongst others.

Tara Lee, Upshot Senior Consultant, The Football Foundation

Tara is the Senior Consultant for Upshot, the monitoring and evaluation tool developed and launched in 2012 by The Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity. Since starting at The Football Foundation in 2014, Tara has worked to grow and develop the Upshot system, helping its client base increase from 47 to over 650 organisations today. Upshot is a cloud-based project management tool that helps community projects manage their programmes, monitor their progress and evidence their impact.
Using her BSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics, and a background in teaching, PR and marketing, since joining Upshot, Tara has worked with a range of organisations, across a variety of sectors including NGBs, CSPs, universities and local authorities. She works with these organisations on a case by case basis, using Upshot to help them develop and deliver their own monitoring and evaluation frameworks and delivery plans.

Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director, Institute of Business Ethics

Philippa Foster Back CBE was appointed in 2001 as Director of the Institute of Business Ethics.
She began her career at Citibank NA before joining Bowater in their Corporate Treasury Department in 1979, leaving in 1988 as Group Treasurer. She was Group Finance Director at DG Gardner Group, a training organisation, prior to joining Thorn EMI in 1993 as Group Treasurer until 2000.
She speaks widely on business ethics issues, encouraging high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values. As Director she runs the IBE delivering with the team advisory work, publications, training, and events, all with the purpose of raising awareness and sharing of best practice of business ethics, in line with the IBE’s charitable aim. In 2008 she was a member of the Woolf Committee looking at business practices at BAE.
She has a number of external appointments, including at the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment; RAND Europe; Barrier Biotech Ltd and is Chairman of the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee and the South Georgia Heritage Trust.
In 2006 she was awarded the OBE for services to the Ministry of Defence where she was formerly a NED and Chair of the Defence Audit Committee. She won the M&S/BITC Sieff Award in 2008. In January 2014 she was awarded the CBE for services to UK Antarctic Heritage.

Martin Fox, Commercial Director, Infonetica

Martin is passionate about using technology to improve people’s day-to-day lives.
Having studied engineering, he worked as a maths teacher and a management consultant before moving to Infonetica. At each stage he has pioneered the use of new technology to support efficient working and to create high quality deliverables.
At Infonetica Martin has overseen the implementation of regional and national online systems to support the governance of clinical research in the UK and Canada.



Katie Simmonds, Director of Sports Governance and Financial Integrity, ICSS EUROPE

Katie is a member of the Executive Committee of ICSS EUROPE, headquartered in London. As Director of Sports Governance and Financial Integrity, she manages several thought leadership projects in these fields, such as the Financial Integrity and Transparency in Sport (FITS) Project, an innovative initiative aimed at providing, for the first time ever, a holistic, fact-based, rigorous and neutral diagnosis of the current realities and threats facing financial integrity and transparency in sport. She also administers the ICSS EUROPE’s Task Force on Youth Policy.
Katie is also involved in the development of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), an independent and neutral coalition of global leaders in sport, government and business. She heads up the operational team and plays a key role in the development, implementation and adoption of the SIGA Universal Standards on Good Governance and Financial Integrity.
Katie is a director of the British Association for Sport and the Law (BASL) and a member of Women in Football. She is a Member of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade as well as a Member of the European Union Expert Group on Good Governance in Sport. She is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and, prior to joining ICSS EUROPE, practiced sports law in private practice as a Senior Associate at a leading global law firm and was a Partner at a boutique Mayfair practice where she generated her own sports clients, advising leading international brands, leagues, clubs and athletes on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters.
Katie was the first registered female rugby league and rugby union agent. She was previously the first female Chairperson of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute’s Leeds Business Branch and a Trustee of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation. She practices sport every day and has run two London Marathons.

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