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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

NSP President

Stephen Bellamy James QC

Stephen Bellamy James QCNSP President

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

Specialist Member

Jane Aldred

Jane AldredSpecialist Member

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

Legal Member

Katherine Apps

Katherine AppsLegal Member

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

Legal Member

John Bevan QC

John Bevan QCLegal Member

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

Legal Member

Jane Bickerstaff QC

Jane Bickerstaff QCLegal Member

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.  

Stephen Binks

Specialist Member

Stephen Binks

Stephen BinksSpecialist Member

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

Specialist Member

Steve Boocock

Steve BoocockSpecialist Member

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 Burrell

Specialist Member

Martyn Burrell

Martyn BurrellSpecialist Member

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

Specialist Member

Carol Chamberlain

Carol ChamberlainSpecialist Member

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.

Richard Desjardins

Specialist Member

Richard Desjardins

Richard Desjardins Specialist Member

Richard is a registered social worker who has worked with children and families since 1982. His experience is in child protection and safeguarding work, including managing investigations, chairing Child Protection conferences, investigating complaints and disciplinary matters, and conducting investigations into staff and high-profile individuals.

He has worked in the statutory and voluntary sectors, working very closely with families and children to understand and respond to their needs and wishes, and managing significant levels of risk.

From 2012 to 2019 he was the Safeguarding manager at the England and Wales Cricket Board, where he made great strides in promoting a child-friendly approach to children in the game. Whilst at the ECB he integrated safeguarding training into coach education, introduced online DBS checks, trained and supported the Case Management Group and oversaw the review and re-writing of the organisation’s procedures for investigating safeguarding concerns and managing safeguarding risks.

Michelle Draper

Specialist Member

Michelle Draper

Michelle DraperSpecialist Member

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

Specialist Member

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Hannah DunneSpecialist Member

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.

Colin Jones

Specialist Member

Colin Jones

Colin JonesSpecialist Member

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.

Sara Lewis

Legal Member

Sara Lewis

Sara LewisLegal Member

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.

Greig Lloyd

Specialist Member

Greig Lloyd

Greig LloydSpecialist Member

Greig is a former Metropolitan Police detective specialising in the areas of Safeguarding, Community Safety and Risk Management.    Vastly experienced across multi agency focused investigations, case reviews and panel hearings.

He is now providing investigative services within the private sector to clients in the legal, sports and media industry nationwide and overseas.    He is an independent investigator in Safeguarding to multiple clients including Premier League football teams, local authorities and independent care facilities.

Greig is very passionate about most sports, both participating and spectating.   His football and rugby playing days are a thing of the past, and is now a very keen golfer.  

James May

Specialist Member

James May

James MaySpecialist Member

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

Legal Member

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QCLegal Member

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

Specialist Member

Helen Murdock

Helen MurdockSpecialist Member

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

Legal Member

Tim Owen QC

Tim Owen QCLegal Member

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.

Christopher Quinlan QC

Legal Member

Christopher Quinlan QC

Christopher Quinlan QCLegal Member

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

Specialist Member

Amanda Quirke

Amanda QuirkeSpecialist Member

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 Robertson

Legal Member

Mary Robertson

Mary RobertsonLegal Member

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. 

Clement Goldstone QC

Legal Member

Clement Goldstone QC

Clement Goldstone QCLegal Member

Clement worked as a Barrister between 1971 and 2002, taking Silk in 1993.

He specialised in Crime and Licensing [Liquor, Betting and Gaming] and over a period of 10 years from the late 1970s, was Standing Counsel to the Football League Executive Staffs Association, frequently advising and appearing for its members in connection with applications for unfair dismissal.

He was appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2002, before his appointment as a Senior Circuit Judge in 2011, when he became Resident Judge and Honorary Recorder of Liverpool, from which position he retired in April 2019. 

He presided over, inter alia, a high-profile safeguarding case which led to a conviction concerning numerous offences. He also sat regularly as an additional Judge of the Court of Appeal [Criminal Division] between 2010 and 2019.

Clement was elected a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2004 and is to be Autumn Reader in 2020.

He has a keen and active interest in many sports and leisure activities, and is a regular golfer and bridge player.

Sharon Scotson

Specialist Member

Sharon Scotson

Sharon ScotsonSpecialist Member

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. 

Iqbal Singh

Specialist Member

Iqbal Singh

Iqbal Singh Specialist Member

Iqbal is a recently retired Detective Superintendent with 31 years of operational policing experience.

His last position was as the Director of Crime Academy for the Metropolitan Police Service where he was responsible for all detective and specialist training, including safeguarding, community safety and advance interviewing.  

Iqbal worked in the Child Abuse Investigation Command for the MPS where he developed the safeguarding response for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. He is also the architect for Operation Limelight, the first ever airside multi agency response to FGM.

Iqbal currently volunteers as an Independent Visitor for the National Youth Advocacy Service. He enjoys reading and keeping fit.   

Ann Stuart MBE

Specialist Member

Ann Stuart MBE

Ann Stuart MBESpecialist Member

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. 

Phillip Sycamore CBE

Legal Member

Phillip Sycamore CBE

Phillip Sycamore CBELegal Member

His Honour Phillip Sycamore CBE is a former Circuit Judge, Tribunal Chamber President and Deputy Vice President of Tribunals. He retired from full-time judicial office in March 2020.

One of the first Solicitor Higher Courts Advocates, he was in private practice from 1975 to 2001, specialising in professional negligence and regulatory/disciplinary work.

He was President of the Law Society of England and Wales from 1997-1998, becoming a Circuit Judge in 2001 and a Chamber President in 2008. In retirement he continues to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge and as a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal.

He was a Senior Judicial Appointments Commissioner from 2014-2020.

His current appointments include:

  • Member of the Queens Counsel Selection Panel
  • Member of the Judicial Appointments Commission Targeted Outreach
  • Programme (as a former Senior Commissioner)
  • Member of the General Dental Council’s Statutory Panellists Assurance Committee
  • Member of the Council of the University of Lancaster

He is a Sports Arbitrator (Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and a Specialist Panel Member, Judicial Panel of the Football Association)

Charles Thomas

Legal Member

Charles Thomas

Charles ThomasLegal Member

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

Specialist Member

Blondel Thompson

Blondel ThompsonSpecialist Member

Blondel Thompson has been a practising barrister for 20 years specialising in crime and sports law and is a former international 100m hurdler.

Blondel has extensive experience of chairing disciplinary tribunals and in 1998 she became a panel member of the Disciplinary Tribunals of UK Athletics.

She is a Specialist Member of the Football Association's Judicial Panel and has chaired a number of FA Appeal Boards in that capacity. In 2010, Blondel was appointed as arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

David Thomson

Legal Member

David Thomson

David ThomsonLegal Member

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.

Ian Unsworth QC

Legal Member

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Ian Unsworth QCLegal Member

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.

Richard Walden

Specialist Member

Richard Walden

Richard Walden Specialist Member

Richard is a retired police and law enforcement officer having worked with Gwent Police, National Crime Squad, Serious Organised Crime Agency and National Crime Agency.

Richard specialised in covert investigations within the UK and overseas, including experience of dealing with sensitive intelligence, bullying investigations, witness protection and post incident procedures and has worked with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Team.  

He has been a youth football coach, volunteer ski buddy for a disability ski trip and a volunteer swim instructor for disabled children.  He continues to teach children to swim and works with UK Anti-Doping.

Richard is an avid sports fan both as a participant and spectator - especially rugby, football, skiing and golf.

Sam Warner

Specialist Member

Sam Warner

Sam Warner Specialist Member

Dr Sam Warner is a consultant clinical psychologist and holds an honorary lectureship at Salford University. Sam has specialised in sexual violence, child protection, domestic abuse and mental health for over thirty years. She has written books and papers on sexual abuse and related issues, such as self-harm and psychosis. Sam works as an expert witness and has led a variety of specialist sexual violence therapy services in the third sector, mental health, child protection and child safeguarding, most recently in respect of girls at risk of sexual exploitation. Sam has also been engaged by the Department of Health and British Government on both national and international sexual violence projects.

She is on the board of directors of the Association of Child Protection Professionals charity and is the mental health consultant for the Frank Bruno Foundation.

Sally Wernick

Specialist Member

Sally Wernick

Sally WernickSpecialist Member

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

Legal Member

Gemma White QC

Gemma White QCLegal Member

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

Specialist Member

Milly Wildish

Milly WildishSpecialist Member

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.

Ian Wilson

Specialist Member

Ian Wilson

Ian WilsonSpecialist Member

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 Sport Resolutions’ National Safeguarding Panel since its inception in 2013 working across a range of sports. 

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