Governance of Women's Sport: Developing structures that are fit for purpose (LIVE)

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When it comes to effective sports governance structures that are fit for purpose, historically many sports have copied the structures in place for men's sport and applied them to women's sport. But this doesn't account for the particular challenges and opportunities of women's sport; the nuances and specificity required for the unique platform of women's sport. What should women's sport be focusing on when it comes to building governance structures that are fit for purpose?


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    Governance of Women's Sport: Session recordings

    • Women's sport and the changing governance landscape, Vijaya Panangipalli, Head of Governance at Sport and Recreation Alliance

    • Sports Governance: Creating Leadership Lanes for Women on the Board. Katie Simmonds, Global COO Sport Integrity Alliance

    • Panel: Lessons from the women's sports leading the way: Tammy Parlour, Co-Founder of Women's Sport Trust, Danielle Gibson, Transformation and Finance at Liverpool FC Women

    • Duty of care and safeguarding; specialist governance for women's sport, Anne Tiivas, Chair, Safe Sport International and Former Director, NSPCC CPSU

    • Panel: Future governance challenges in women's sport: Urvasi Naidoo, Commonwealth Games Federation, Dan Harris-Gorelov, Founder of Move the Posts & Darren Bailey, Co-Founder of Sport 360 Consulting

    • Panel: A New model for the Governance of Women's Sport: Amanda Bennett, Former head of Governance at UK Sport Beverley A Agbakoba-Onyejianya, Associate Partner, Olisa-Agbakoba Legal,Kevin Carpenter, Head of Integrity, ITTF & Principal, Captivate Legal & S

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See below for our faculty of expert contributors

Vijaya Panangipalli

Head of Governance at Sport and Recreation Alliance

Vijaya is a corporate governance expert with experience in the corporate and the third sectors. She has nearly nine years' experience working within the governance industry specialising in board governance including the charity sector, stakeholder communications and company law. Vijaya has worked with some prominent employers including HSBC and Goldman Sachs and currently leads the governance team for Sports and Recreation Alliance.

Katie Simmonds

Global Chief Operating Officer at Sport Integrity Global Alliance Managing Director, #SIGAWomen

Katie is an English qualified lawyer who specialises in sports law. As SIGA’s Global Chief Operating Officer, Katie plays an integral role in the development of SIGA, the world`s largest coalition for sport integrity and has been involved in the creation of SIGA since inception, with fellow Co-Founder and Global CEO, Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros. She is a member of SIGA’s Executive Committee and reports directly to the Global CEO on all legal, commercial and partnership matters. Amongst other responsibilities, Katie is involved in the coordination of the six SIGA Standing Committees that advise the Global CEO and Council on the coalition’s core areas of reform and is responsible for the internal governance of the organisation. She works closely with early adopters of the SIGA Universal Standards on Sport Integrity, as well as providing legal and strategic advice in relation to the development of the first ever independent assessment of sports organisations’ governance, the SIGA Independent Rating and Verification System, otherwise known as "SIRVS." SIRVS is the gamechanger that the sports industry needs to usher in a new era of accountability and good governance in sport.

Tammy Parlour, MBE

Founder, Women’s Sport Trust

Tammy co-founded Women’s Sport Trust in 2012 and now works with leaders from across sport, media and business to understand how to practically raise visibility, increase impact and create a stronger women’s sport ecosystem. Tammy was awarded an MBE in 2019 for services to gender equality in sport. Tammy is also a Master in the Korean martial art of Hapkido, having practiced for almost 40 years. She holds an MSc in Strength & Conditioning, and post-graduate study into Applied Sport Psychology.

Beverley A Agbakoba-Onyejianya

Associate Partner, Sport, Entertainment and Technology (SET)/ Regulatory and Compliance practice, Olisa Agbakoba Legal

Beverley is a Sports, Entertainment & Tech lawyer, and creator/host of a skills and personal development podcast Develop Your A Game. She describes herself as a lawyerpreneur. She regularly advises a range of clients from techies, film directors, real estate, founders, SMEs, sports clubs, sports associations, and more. She is an accredited Mediator/Neutral with the Lagos High Court Multi Door Centre and also a member of the panel of neutrals at the Lagos Court of Arbitration. She has years of experience in the banking and capital markets sectors in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. She is a SEC registered compliance officer, providing regional compliance/ risk management and financial crime prevention advisory support. Her broad experience in the compliance industry covers investment banking, brokerage and fund management sectors.

Amanda Bennett

Founding Director, FairPlay Ltd., and Former Head of Governance at UK Sport

Amanda, a former Wales international rugby player is Managing Director of FairPlay Ltd, which exists to support people and sports organisations. She is a specialist governance consultant with extensive experience across the sector having worked with the Welsh Rugby Union, The FA, UK Sport, International Paralympic Committee and a range of small and large governing bodies. Amanda has served as a Sport Wales Board member, and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Saracens Women Ltd. She was previously Head of Governance at UK Sport and contributed to the development of the Code for Sports Governance. She is an internationally recognised expert on women in sport, in particular women’s leadership, and previously served as Chair of European Women and Sport. Amanda continues to support and mentor aspiring female leaders in sport.

Kevin Carpenter

Head of Integrity at the International Table Tennis Federation and Principle of Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions

Kevin specialises in integrity, regulatory, governance and disciplinary matters. His expertise and knowledge has led him to be engaged by major private and public bodies, including the IOC, FIFA, the Council of Europe, INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as making regular appearances internationally delivering presentations and commenting in the media on sports law issues. Kevin is Principal of his own consultancy business Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions, and has recently been appointed at the head of Integrity for the International Table Tennis Federation

Anne Tiivas

Chair, Safe Sport International

Anne Tiivas OBE is the Chair of Safe Sport International. She is the former Director of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Child Protection in Sport Unit where she worked for nearly 18 years until September 2019. She was centrally involved in shaping and monitoring National Safeguarding Standards for Children in Sport in the UK since 2001 and in developing the International Safeguards for Children in Sport (working with UNICEF UK as a founder member of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport Founders group). In 2016 the Child Protection in Sport Unit was awarded the Unicef International Safeguarding Children in Sport award at the Beyond Sport Summit.

Urvasi Naidoo

Compliance and Contracts Manager at Commonwealth Games Federation, Ethics Commission at ITF

Urvasi is a sports lawyer and governance professional who currently works as Compliance and Contracts Manager at the Commonwealth Games Federation. Her previous roles include working in house for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the International Cricket Council, the International Netball Federation and British Canoeing. Urvasi is also a trustee of Sport Birmingham (formerly the County Sports Partnership) which strives to use the power of sport and physical activity to improve lives across the city, and All as One UK, a small international charity which fundraises for a school and orphanage in Sierra Leone.

Darren Bailey

Consultant at Charles Russell Speechlys and Co-Founder of Sport 360 Consulting Limited

Darren has worked exclusively in sport for over twenty years. He has a passion for all sports, but particularly football having joined Chelsea as a fourteen year old before going on to qualify as a football coach and sports lawyer. During his spell in private practice with specialist sports law firm Townleys he headed up the commercial and sports Governance team before taking on the role of managing partner. In 2001 he was appointed as the first legal director of the International Rugby Board in Dublin (now World Rugby) Darren joined The English FA in 2009 as the Director of Football Governance and Regulation. Over recent years , Darren followed up his membership of the Sports Betting Integrity Panel to act as Co-Chair of the UK Sports Betting Integrity Forum (which is the National Platform for the fight against betting related corruption in the UK) . He was also Chair of the EU Expert Group on Good Governance in Sport which established the 10 principles on Good Governance for sports bodies. Darren has edited the international sports law journal Sports Law Administration and Practice for 20 years.

Daniel Harris-Gorelov

Founder of Move The Posts

Daniel is a compliance, governance and operational risk professional with a background in law, finance and internal audit. Daniel was the Senior Compliance Officer for Marsh & McLennan and studied sports governance at The Chartered Governance Institute. Daniel recently founded a governance, compliance, operations and strategy consultancy called Move The Posts , helping ethical, sustainable businesses to succeed.

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