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Duty of care: Tanni Grey-Thompson and the government’s Duty of Care working group

Seven professionals from the world of sport, health and wellbeing have been selected to sit on Tanni Grey-Thompson’s Duty of Care working group. Matthew Campelli explores their credentials

by Matthew Campelli | Published in Sports Management 02 May 2016 issue 119

Last month Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – laid out the terms of reference for the Duty of Care working group referenced in the government’s sport strategy.

The task of the working group is to compile a comprehensive report which addresses the safety, health and wellbeing of elite and grassroots athletes.

Issues such as education, concussion, anti-doping, mental health support and the needs of minority groups will be chewed over by a panel of eight experts, chaired by former Paralympian Grey-Thompson. Sports Management takes a look at the members of the working group.

Annamarie Phelps,

British Rowing chair,

Annamarie Phelps
Annamarie Phelps

After competing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in the women’s eight, Phelps joined the governing body becoming its lead safeguarding officer for 11 years overseeing its anti-doping, governance and equality policies. She was the first female board member of The Boat Race Company and has been chair of British Rowing since 2013.

John Amaechi,

Former basketball player,

John Amaechi
John Amaechi

Amaechi made headlines and history when he became the first National Basketball Association (NBA) player to come out as gay. He has been vice-president of the English Federation of Disability Sport and won 18 caps for England, representing his country at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Baroness Sue Campbell,

Youth Sport Trust chair,

Baroness Sue Campbell
Baroness Sue Campbell

The former netball player was chair of UK Sport during the London 2012 Games when Team GB and ParalympicGB exceeded all expectations with a record medal haul. Campbell has more than three decade’s experience in sport and was named the Football Association’s head of women’s football.

Paul Farmer,

Mind chief executive,

Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer

Farmer has been chief executive of the mental health charity Mind since 2006 and is chair of the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce, creating a five-year plan for mental health treatment. Also chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

Anne Tiivas,

Director of child protection, Sport Unit,

NSPCC

Anne Tiivas
Anne Tiivas

Tiivas has overseen the children’s charity unit – which helps sporting organisations such as national governing bodies and County Sports Partnerships to minimise the risks of child abuse during sporting activities – since 2008. She is also a board member of Safe Sport International which aims to end violence towards athletes.

Brian Moore,

Former rugby union player,

Brian Moore
Brian Moore

A campaigner on concussion awareness and prevention in sport, Moore played for Nottingham, Harlequins and Richmond, winning 64 caps for England. A trained soliciter, he also worked as a pundit for the BBC and writes a regular column for the Daily Telegraph. His autobiography was voted as sport’s best in 2011.

Jason Roberts,

Former Premier League footballer,

Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts

Founded the Jason Robert Foundation in 2007, which organises football based on social inclusion projects. The foundation has recently introduced projects focusing on mentoring, education and training. Played in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Reading FC.

Tanni Grey-Thompson,

Former Paralympic athlete ,

Tanni Grey-Thompson
Tanni Grey-Thompson

Chair of the working group and one of the most decorated athletes in British history with 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, as well as winning six London Marathons. Grey-Thompson chairs ukactive and is on the board of several organisations, including London Marathon, the Sportsaid Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Join In. She became a parliamentary cross-bench peer in 2010 and has regularly campaigned for the rights of disabled people.

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