NSP Panel Members
The NSP is a group of independent safeguarding experts drawn from a mix of legal, policing, social work, offender management and sport administration backgrounds.
Stephen Bellamy James QC
Stephen is a barrister in practice. He is a recognised expert in family law, and in particular children’s work and has over thirty years experience in the safeguarding and protection of children. He sits as a deputy high court judge and a recorder. He is a trustee of Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby.
Jane Aldred is a solicitor at Switalskis LLP in Leeds. She specialises in family law, particularly children’s work and is qualified for the Law Society’s Children Panel. She is a former grade 1 table official for basketball, chair of the Appeals Panel for England Basketball and a former school governor.
Peter Keen is a former Senior Police Officer. He retired from Gwent Police in 2015 having served as Chief Superintendent, Head of Service Development and Head of Crime. Peter has worked in the public protection field for many years. He has led complex child abuse and vulnerable adult investigations and contributed to local safeguarding activity through membership of Local Safeguarding Children's Boards, Community Safety Partnerships and Youth Offending Team Management Boards. Peter has also worked with Mind Cymru, developing responses to mental health crisis and welfare support for Blue Light Organisations.
Sara Lewis in a barrister in practice at Nine St John’s Street, in Manchester. She specialises in all aspects of child care law, adult protection and capacity, mental health and professional discipline. She sits as deputy coroner for the City of Manchester. Prior to coming to the Bar, Sara was a neuropsychologist.
Jane Mulcahy QC
Jane Mulcahy is a barrister in practice at Blackstone Chambers in The Temple. She acts in the civil courts and sports tribunals, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She specialises in cases involving child protection and employment issues and has been appointed as an arbitrator in a number of such disputes. She is the joint author of two chapters, on human rights and employment, of “Sport: Law and Practice” edited by Lewis and Taylor (2008).
Helen Murdock is a sports development consultant and trainer who specialises in the field of child safeguarding in sport. She is retained by a number of sports to assist with their development of child protection policies and practice and is a member of England Hockey’s Safeguarding Disciplinary Panel. She is the Safeguarding Manager for the UK School Games.
Christopher Quinlan QC
Christopher Quinlan is a barrister in practice at Guildhall Chambers, Bristol. He specialises in criminal law and in sports disciplinary cases. He has prosecuted and defended cases involving serious sexual allegations and other forms of abuse against children. He is a recorder of the crown court, a legal member of the National Anti-Doping Panel and regularly chairs disciplinary panels for the International Rugby Board, Rugby Football Union and Football Association. Christopher has also acted as a Match Commissioner for Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup games. In 2007 he was appointed a Judicial Officer by the International Rugby Board and served in that capacity at the Rugby World Cup in 2007 and 2011. He has played rugby, hockey and cricket and is listed as a leading practitioner in Crime in the legal directories
Lance Spring is former senior manager and police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service where he specialised in the investigation of child abuse cases. He is employed on a part-time basis as an independent child safeguarding advisor by the England and Wales Cricket Board and regularly undertakes investigations for other governing bodies and organisations into allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Amanda Quirke is a qualified social worker specialising in the safeguarding of children. She is the Local Authority Designated Officer for Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board. She provides advice and support to governing bodies and sports clubs and is a member of the NSPCC led Child Protection in Sport Case Strategy Group.
Blondel Thompson is a barrister in practice at St Philips Chambers, Birmingham. She specialises in crime and sports disciplinary cases. Her criminal practice centres on the prosecution and defence of serious sexual offences. She is an approved rape advocate. Blondel is a panel member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and chairs disciplinary panels for a number of governing bodies. She is a former British and Commonwealth record holder in the 100m hurdles.
David Thomson is a barrister, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a qualified medical doctor. He is in practice at 1 Chancery Lane, London. He specialises in civil litigation, especially health care disciplinary matters and injury work. He has chaired a number of disciplinary panels and appeal boards for governing bodies involving child protection and coach licensing issues.
Dr Neil Townshend
Neil Townshend is a qualified doctor working in general practice with a significant professional role in the practicalities of safeguarding children. He is a school governor and is the link governor with responsibilities for health, pastoral care and safeguarding children. He is a former elite athlete in the winter Olympic sport of Luge, former Vice-Chairman of the British Olympic Association and former Chairman of the National Sports Medicine Institute. He is a specialist member of the National Anti-Doping Panel.
Steve Boocock is a county sports partnership manager and child protection in sport expert. He was the first director of the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit. He is a former probation officer with experience of risk management and assessment of offenders. He has extensive experience of the provision of community based treatment programmes for sexual offenders.
Ian Wilson is Director of the England Hockey Board and Chair of its Safeguarding Case Management Panel. He represents the governing body at all independent safeguarding disciplinary hearings and presents its case to the tribunal. Prior to becoming involved in sports administration he had a career in finance and corporate banking.
Lisa Wilkins is a solicitor with experience of childcare in both private practice and Local Authority settings. She is the Safeguarding Case Manager at the Football Association with responsibility for the development and running of both the Case Management Team and The FA Safeguarding Review Panel. She has experience of conducting complex investigations and risk assessments into child safeguarding complaints and concerns in sport.
Sharon is a retired Detective Chief Inspector who has worked in the Public Protection Arena over many years. As an experienced Senior Investigating Officer, she has investigated numerous serious and high-profile cases. She has led teams of investigators in cases of Child Protection, Child Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking, Adult Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences. She has been a manager of a Serious Case Review Unit and a member of both the Manchester Child Death Overview Panel and MAPPA.
Sharon is currently employed as a lead investigator.
Carol Chamberlain is a retired senior police officer who has 32 years policing experience specialising in all aspects of public protection notably safeguarding children, vulnerable adults, domestic abuse, rape and serious sexual assault. She has acted as an independent consultant to the Home Office and Department for Health on public protection matters. She is also a former lead officer for safeguarding children in golf.
Martyn Dew is a recently retired Police Officer. His last position was Detective Superintendent Head of Public Protection for Gwent Police where he was responsible for child protection, vulnerable adults, domestic abuse, sex offenders, rape and other serious violent crime. He has chaired numerous multi-agency groups in the field of child protection and has undertaken the Senior Investigating Officer role in a number of complex child abuse enquiries. He has been the management author of a number of Serious Case Reviews involving both the deaths and serious abuse of children. He is involved in the sports of tennis, squash, equestrian and clay pigeon shooting.
Kim Doyle is an independent consultant providing training and consultancy services to statutory agencies in the commissioning and delivery of sexual violence services for adults and children. She is a barrister who previously worked for the Crown Prosecution Service where she developed an expertise in child protection, rape and domestic violence cases. She is independent chair of the Domestic Violence Sub Group of the Family Justice Council for the Greater Manchester area. Kim is a former member of the Children in Golf Case Management group and helped to develop the “Time to Listen” training programme for sport.
Keith Eldridge is a retired police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service. He is a former chair of a Multi-Agency Risk Management Panel and senior investigating officer for homicide investigation. He is also a former elite athlete in the sport of Judo, rising to 5th in the British rankings in 1996. Keith retains an involvement in the sport of Judo by chairing the British Judo Association’s Complaints and Conduct Panel and through his membership of the Association’s Child Protection Working Party.
Ben Ewart has undertaken a variety of investigative and leadership positions within the police service, including Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer for safeguarding and serious and organised crime. He has led a number of complex and sensitive enquiries, including child abuse and homicide investigations, as well as facilitated in the training of senior Detectives. Ben is an experienced MAPPA chair and lead for multi-agency safeguarding and crime panels. In addition to his police service Ben is the Director of a performance and assessment consultancy, working UK-wide.
Gillian Irving QC
Gillian Irving is a barrister in practice at 15 Winckley Square in Preston. She specialises in family, children’s and mental health work. She is a part-time judge of the Health, Education & Social Care Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal in the Jurisdiction of Care Standards and Mental Health.