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.
Katherine Apps is a barrister practising from 39 Essex Chambers in London. She has experience of safeguarding in the sporting context. Her practice spans sports, regulatory, disciplinary, employment, public and equality law and domestic and international human rights. She is currently a member of the Board of Appeal of Table Tennis England.
John Bevan QC
John worked as a Criminal barrister between 1970 and 2004. He was a member of Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court 1983-1997 and then took Silk in 1997. He was also a Crown Court Recorder 1983-2004 and was then appointed a Circuit Judge in 2004. He was the Resident Judge at Luton Crown Court 2005-2011 before being appointed a Senior Circuit Judge, sitting at the Central Criminal Court 2011-2017. John also sat as an occasional member of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division 2007-2017 before retiring in September 2017. John has been a Bencher of Middle Temple since 2001. His sporting interests include rugby, cricket, rowing and tennis.
Jane Bickerstaff QC
Jane has practised as a criminal Barrister since 1989 and took Silk in 2012. This practise has regularly brought her into contact with safeguarding matters. Jane sits on disciplinary panels and safeguarding panels for the RFU and England Boxing. She also regularly chairs special panels for the FA. Jane provides advice to individuals and organisations in relation to safeguarding issues.
Steve is a retired Detective Chief Inspector who has worked in all areas of Major Crime Investigation. He has investigated numerous serious, high-profile and complex cases and led them to a successful conclusion. His experience also includes delivering training to Safeguarding Professionals involving Manslaughter by Gross Negligence of vulnerable adults.
Steve is currently employed as a civilian lead investigator on a high profile case.
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.
Martyn is a qualified social worker with a strong background in child protection and safeguarding. He has 26 years experience of working with Local Authorities, both as a social work practitioner, specialising in risk assessment and planning, and as a senior manager for safeguarding. During this period he has worked closely in multi agency partnerships and with Safeguarding Boards, developing responses to public protection issues and complex safeguarding. More recently he has been working as a safeguarding advisor in faith and sports settings.
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.
Michelle Draper is a qualified social worker with experience of working in the area of Safeguarding of Children. Michelle Draper also has experience as a Police Officer for over 13 years.
Her current role is the interim CEO for the National Ice Skating Association (NISA), where she is also the lead officer for Safeguarding.
Hannah Dunne is a qualified Social Worker with 14 years experience in frontline Children Social Care and more recently the Youth Offending services. Hannah currently chairs the Safeguarding Review Panel for The Football Association and also sits on the Safeguarding Case Management Team with The British Equestrian Federation.
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 and competed Nationally and Internationally winning the World Police and Fire Games title in 1999. Keith retains an involvement in the sport of Judo and is the British Judo Association Safeguarding Manager.
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.
Melissa is currently a Specialist Advisor and Consultant for Sport, working in Case Management, Safeguarding, Governance and Senior Leadership. She was previously the Interim COO, Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance and Lead Safeguarding Officer for Basketball England. Melissa has recently won the award for Compliance Officer of the Year, 2018.
Melissa is a member of the National Case Management Strategic Group and sits on the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators for Sports Resolutions on the National Safeguarding Panel and Integrity and Discipline Panel as a Specialist Arbitrator and Mediator.
Melissa has an extensive background in Safeguarding, Case Management and Senior Leadership in both the USA and the UK in Education, Healthcare and Sport.
Colin is a qualified social worker with 24 years experience of working in social care which has included residential child care, local authority management and senior management. He has worked in a range of settings to help strengthen safeguarding partnerships, encouraging greater alignment to quality assurance and audit frameworks. He has provided safeguarding advice to a number of sports clubs, supporting them to write and embed their child protection processes. Colin also sits on the Safeguarding Panel of the Football Association.
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.
James has been working as Social Worker in Safeguarding for nearly two decades in a range of roles. Most recently he has been working as a consultant with a range of statutory and 3rd sector organisations supporting them with safeguarding issues. James has 15 years experience in safeguarding in sport working from club to national governing body level again in a range of roles including investigation, training and decision making.
Fenella Morris QC
Fenella Morris is a barrister, practising since 1990. Her work includes professional discipline, health including mental health, education and equality law. She has long experience of dealing with safeguarding issues, in relation to vulnerable teenagers and adults as well as younger children.
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.
Tim Owen QC
Tim is a founding member of Matrix chambers and took Silk in 2000. He specialises in financial/business crime, public law, human rights, data protection/privacy law and sports law.
In addition to his practice at the Bar, he sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court and is an Acting Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. His practice has a significant international dimension and he regularly appears in the higher courts in Hong Kong.
Stephen is a retired Detective Constable having completed 30 years service with South Wales Police. He has extensive investigative experience working in the Criminal Investigation Department, Child and Public Protection Unit and more recently Major Crime Investigations. Stephen is a trained Family Liaison Advisor and Officer.
Stephen has played rugby for Bristol, Bridgend and represented the British Police, and also represented Wales Minor Counties, British Police and Glamorgan 2nd XI at Cricket.
Laura Potter has worked for the police service for the past 14 years in a variety of civilian Investigative roles including working as an Accredited Financial Investigator within a serious and organised crime unit. She has worked on numerous sensitive and complex enquiries with vulnerable victims and witnesses.
Christopher Quinlan QC
Christopher Quinlan QC is a Barrister, Recorder and a member of the Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators. In June 2016, Christopher was appointed to lead a review of the structure, composition and operation of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee. His final report, published in September of that year, received widespread industry support and the BHA accepted all of his recommendations. Christopher is World Rugby's Judicial Panel Chairman, the most senior judicial role within the sport. Amongst other things, Christopher is responsible for the worldwide appointment and management of World Rugby's Judicial Committees, including the Rugby World Cup, for which he has served as a judicial officer at the last three tournaments. Christopher sits on and chairs Football Association Appeal Boards and is a Specialist Member of the FA Judicial Panel. He is a legal member of both the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) and National Safeguarding Panel (NSP).
Amanda Quirke is a qualified social worker specialising in the safeguarding of children. She works for the NSPCC as the Service Manager of the Blackpool Delivery Team. She also 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.
Mary is an experienced child protection barrister. She represents children, parents, social workers, police and others in court proceedings involving the neglect and abuse of children, particularly in disputed applications to remove children from their families to place them with adopters or foster parents.
She has extensive knowledge of child safeguarding issues and procedures and of resolving disputes. She also has experience of working in the public and political sectors, having previously worked in an advisory role in the House of Lords for 12 years. She is a rugby enthusiast.
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.
Michael qualified as a Social Worker in 1988, worked as a Probation Officer for ten years, and has worked for the Lucy Faithfull Foundation for twenty-one years. He has worked with sexual offenders for all that time, acts as a trainer for Europol in relation to Indecent Imagery viewers, and has published research on that subject.
He Chairs the Football Association's Safeguarding Review Panel, is an accredited trainer for Safer Recruitment in Education, and is a qualified counsellor for ATSAC, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.
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.
Ann Stuart MBE
Ann’s experience in safeguarding comes from 18 years of her 34 years in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) working in domestic abuse and child protection. During that time she fulfilled three roles; firstly as a Detective investigating child abuse, then she became the first dedicated child protection policy officer in the MPS (developing the first police procedures for investigating child abuse which then informed the national guidance) and acted as policy advisor to the National Chief Police child protection sub group and finally training manager delivering numerous safeguarding training including specialist child interview techniques.
Since October 2014, Ann has been a self - employed safeguarding consultant and is currently an associate for Triangle services, Leonard consultancy, NSPCC and Zurich municipal Insurance. She continues to develop bespoke training for sport organisations and the voluntary sector and conducts frequent reviews of policy and procedures to ensure they are compliant with current legislation.
Ann’s CV is extensive relating to Safeguarding Children both from a policing perspective and more recently from a sport perspective, as she is the Safeguarding lead for a Martial Arts organisation. Ann’s work in child protection was recognised in 2014 when she received an MBE for services to Child Protection.
Charles is a Barrister who was called in 1990 and is a tenant at Guildhall Chambers, Bristol. He is a criminal practitioner with an emphasis on sex offences, offences under the Modern Slavery Act and other offences against children, and is also a Grade 4 prosecutor.
Charles has been a Legally Qualified Chair at the MPTS since 2017, and was previously a Legal assessor at the GMC.
He is an Oxford Cross-Country blue and competed for Haringey AC. Charles is also a fully qualified ECB cricket coach.
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.
Ian Unsworth QC
Ian Unsworth QC is a Barrister and Recorder. He sits as a legal chair for the Football Association and Rugby Football Union. He also sits for the Premier League, 6 Nations and World Rugby.
He has acted for a range of elite athletes from the worlds of Cycling, Football, Cricket and Triathlon. He has appeared before both domestic tribunals and CAS. In 2017 he chaired an independent investigation into Watford FC on behalf of the EFL. He has wide ranging experience in doping cases and whistle blowing.
Sally Wernick is strategic development lead in Adult safeguarding for a large local authority. Sally has senior management experience in a variety of roles, and a background in criminal justice, child protection, inspection and regulation, community safety and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards. A skilled investigator she has overseen large scale investigations and has been a panel member on Domestic Homicide and Safeguarding Adults Reviews. Sally has a passion for all sports and is a keen triathlete, previously completing an Ironman 70.3.
Gemma White QC
Gemma is a barrister in practice at Blackstone Chambers in London. She specialises in public law and has particular experience in matters relating to professional discipline, health and education. Gemma is a longstanding governor of her local school, where she is link governor with responsibility for children with special educational needs.
Milly Wildish is a former Metropolitan police detective. She worked in safeguarding for 13 years, spending several years leading complex child abuse enquiries. She is a former chair of the Multi Agency Sexual Exploitation panel and the high-risk adults panel.
Milly has sat on numerous Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews. Milly is currently working as a Safeguarding Consultant for numerous organisations, including delivering safeguarding training on behalf of the General Medical Council and the Independent Safeguarding Service.
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.
Ian Wilson is a Director of England Hockey and Chair of its Safeguarding Case Management Panel. He represents the governing body at all independent safeguarding disciplinary hearings. He has been a member of Sports Resolutions’ National Safeguarding Panel since its inception in 2013 working across a range of sports.