SEMINAR: Prevention and cure: conflict management within sports organisations
Christine Bowyer-Jones, our panel member and a solicitor and mediator with Hewitsons LLP, and Amanda Bennett, Managing Director of FairPlay, a governance professional with extensive experience in sport, will be delivering the seminar. This will focus on preventing conflicts within sports organisations through good governance and communication and managing conflicts more effectively when they arise.
Provisional seminar programme
13.00 – 13.15 Registration
13.15 – 14.15 First session
14.15 – 14.30 Break
14.30 – 15.30 Second session
15.30 – 16.30 Networking
The seminar will be interactive with ample opportunity throughout to ask questions and for discussion. The sessions will cover:
- Setting and managing expectations
- The art of delegation
- Using policy and process to guide behaviours
- Alternative forms of dispute resolution
- Case studies
Who should attend?
- National Governing Bodies
- Sporting clubs
- Lawyers working with National Governing Bodies and sports clubs
Please note that this is a CPD accredited event.
Christine Bowyer-Jones, solicitor and mediator at Hewitsons LLP
Christine is a Partner and an accredited mediator at Hewitsons LLP.
Mediating a wide range of civil and commercial claims of all sizes, Christine has particular experience of contract claims, real estate and construction, landlord and tenant, work place and employment disputes. She also mediates disputes within the sport sector.
Christine has a background in sports law and anti-doping issues in particular. She leads the firm’s Sports Group and is the client relationship partner for the Legal Panel Framework, an initiative established by Sport England, UK Sport, Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland and the Sport and Recreation Alliance, aimed at helping national governing bodies and wider sport and recreation organisations identify and gain access to high quality legal advice at preferential rates. Hewitsons is one of only 10 firms appointed to the framework. She has been a Judicial Officer for the RFU, sitting on anti-doping hearings and appeals, and a non-executive director of a sports governing body.
Christine also works alongside her colleagues in the Education team, advising schools and colleges on legal and governance issues.
Christine studied Modern History at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1985. She was previously with Radcliffes & Co., Herbert Smith, and Joint Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Moorhead James LLP before becoming a Partner in Hewitson Moorhead, now known as Hewitsons LLP in July 2015. Christine is a Governor of Stonyhurst College.
ADR Group accredited civil and commercial mediator.
Wandsworth Mediation Service commercial mediator (pro bono)
Oxford Mediation Group member
Sport Resolutions Panel Mediator
CMC Registered Mediator.
Amanda Bennett, Managing Director of FairPlay
Amanda studied at Loughborough University and, having taught Physical Education in East London she moved to become the Senior Development Manager with the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2003 she joined UK Sport and, over the course of ten years she co-authored the Equality Standard for Sport and, as Head of Governance, oversaw the development of the UK Sport 2013-17 Governance Framework.
She was appointed to the Board of Sport Wales in 2014 and was Chair of the Sport Wales Elite Sport Sub-Group, and a member of the Audit Committee.
Amanda was Wales’s first female fly half and was a member of the first Great Britain women’s rugby team. Her international career spanned 10 years including two Women’s Rugby World Cups. She was a founder member of Saracens Women and, having retired from playing, coached the England Women’s Elite squad.
Amanda is passionate about helping people and organisations grow and develop, and established FairPlay in 2013. With a focus on governance, leadership and diversity, she has worked with a range of organisations including the International Paralympic Committee, The Football Association, Welsh Rugby Union, Disability Shooting GB and English Lacrosse.
Amanda contributed to the development of Code for Sports Governance and has authored specialist qualifications including the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators’ (ICSA) Certificate in Sports Governance. She is currently Non-Executive Director of England Handball, Non-Executive Director of Saracens Women and a Vice President of Saracens, and a member of the RFU Game Development Sub-Committee.