Speaker Profiles Mark Palios Chartered Accountant, football administrator and former professional footballer Mark Palios began his career playing in the Football League as a midfielder for Tranmere Rovers. He later played for Crewe Alexandra and Bangor City and in total made over 400 League appearances. He went on to develop a successful career as a chartered accountant with Arthur Young and ultimately became a senior partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, specialising in business turnaround. In 2003 he was voted Turnaround Financier of the Year by the Turnaround Finance Group, and given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mark became the Football Association's Chief Executive in July 2003, where he sought to apply his business skills in the field of sports governance. His achievements included stabilising the FA's financial situation by resolving the financing of the Wembley Stadium. Since leaving the FA Mark has worked as a consultant in the business- turnaround sphere and until January 2009 was a non-executive director of AdEPT Telecom. He is currently a non executive director of the British Judo Association and a member of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee at Surrey County Cricket Club. Mark has a particular interest in sports governance. As an independent NED, he is currently undertaking a post Olympic review of the elite performance aspects of the BJA. Speaker Profiles Hilary Carty MBA Independent coach and consultant Hilary Carty is an independent coach and consultant specialising in leadership development and organisational change. Prior to working independently, Hilary was Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme www.culturalleadership.org.uk, a £22m government investment in excellence in leadership in the UK cultural and creative industries, which is acknowledged to have raised the sectors’ leadership capacity, facilitated diverse leadership practice and personnel, and delivered increased economic benefits for cultural sector organisations. Earlier roles include Director, London (Arts) at Arts Council England; Director, Culture and Education at London 2012; and Director, Dance at Arts Council England. Hilary combines her consulting career with lecturing as Visiting Professor at Kufstein University, Austria. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, culture and the development of work-based learning, Hilary has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from De Montfort and Middlesex Universities and is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London. Speaker Profiles Fiona Twycross London Assembly Member Former Head of Governance, Diabetes UK Fiona Twycross was a senior manager for the health charity Diabetes UK from 2008 - 2012, most recently as Head of Governance. She was previously the Charity’s Head of Campaigns and Volunteer Development and prior to that worked for the Labour Party from 1998 – 2008. Fiona was born and lives in South London and was elected as a London wide Assembly Member in May 2012. Fiona sits on the Health & Environment; Housing and Regeneration and Police and Crime Committees. Fiona has recently launched an investigation in to food poverty on behalf of the Assembly’s Health and Environment Committee. She is also a member of the London Fire Authority; Chair of Lambeth Academy; and member of the Friends Committee at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, South London. Speaker Profiles Amanda Berridge Tax Partner PwC Amanda is based in the London office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and leads their national not for profit tax team, who advise charities, membership bodies, social enterprise, universities and government bodies. The team includes specialists in government and charitable tax exemptions, VAT, employment taxes, real estate taxes and international tax. PwC’s clients include many of the largest charities and some of the leading sporting associations, as well as some unique membership bodies and regulators. Amanda has a broad technical background from 25 years in tax, and is good at finding innovative and practical solutions to clients’ problems. She is also a deep expert in real estate and sits on PwC’s national real estate leadership team. Speaker Profiles Tom Bruce Associate Farrer & Co Tom advises corporate and commercial clients on a wide range of corporate matters. He specialises in corporate transactions, advising companies and investors in connection with share and business mergers, acquisitions, disposals and re-organisations. He also advises companies on their general corporate requirements and is a member of Farrer & Co’s Sports Group. Tom regularly advises sports clients on constitutional issues (including the effects of the Companies Act 2006) and unincorporated associations on their incorporation. Speaker Profiles Joy Tottman Governance & Compliance Officer Sport and Recreation Alliance Joy is the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Governance & Compliance Officer. She has responsibility for producing guidance to support and help sport and recreation organisations comply with their legislative and regulatory obligations. Joy’s remit covers issues such as safeguarding children (CRB and child protection), safeguarding vulnerable adults and equality, as well as providing governance support for members. Joy established the Sport and Recreation Alliance Governance Stakeholder Group which has proved to be an invaluable resource for developing governance support initiatives. She is particularly passionate about establishing good governance practices. Joy joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance (then the CCPR) in February 2010, having previously worked for a headhunting firm that advised on executive and non-executive appointments in the public and not-for-profit sector. She holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and is currently studying for an LLM in Sports Law and Practice at De Montfort University. In her spare time Joy is an international ice hockey referee and recently officiated games at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She is also a board member for the London Youth Games Foundation. Speaker Profiles Amanda Bennett Chair, European Women and Sport Head of Governance, UK Sport Head Coach, England Women Under 20s Rugby Union Amanda was born in Cardiff and attended a Welsh speaking school in Mid Glamorgan. She graduated from Loughborough University and went on to teach for 12 years before moving to the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2000 and then to UK Sport in 2003. Amanda took up rugby whilst at Loughborough University and won 25 caps for Wales as well as 3 caps for Great Britain. After retirement from playing Amanda turned to coaching, leading the senior Wales squad at 1999 European Championships, then winning the Europeans with England ‘A’ in 2007. She is now Head Coach to England U20s who won the Nations Cup in 2011. Amanda joined UK Sport in 2003 as the Equality Consultant with responsibility for the development of the organisation’s Equality Strategy. During this time she founded and has chaired the Sports Councils’ Equality Group, led the development of the Women and Leadership Development Programme, and oversaw the implementation of the Equality Standard for Sport through UK Sport’s Modernisation Programme. She was appointed Head of Policy in September 2006 and is now Head of Governance leading UK Sport’s governance, compliance and standards work. Having been a member of the European Women and Sport Steering Group since 2004, Amanda was appointed as Chair at the 9th EWS Conference in October 2009. During this time she has overseen the development of EWS governance protocols, established strategic partnerships with Governmental and Non-Governmental bodies, and led the planning and delivery of EWS2011, the 10th European Women and Sport Conference. Speaker Profiles Hilary Milne Head of Audit, Risk and Governance Sport England Hilary, who is a Chartered Accountant and LLB, joined Sport England in November 2009 as Head of Audit, Risk and Governance. She is responsible the strategic direction of Sport England’s good governance work with the sector as well as for leading and managing Sport England’s internal audit service. She also is the Sport England lead for risk management. Prior to joining Sport England, Hilary was Head of Internal Audit for the Housing Corporation and the Tenant Services Authority. She trained with the National Audit Office and also has many years experience working in the arts. Speaker Profiles Jeremy Beard Partner Haysmacintyre Jeremy qualified with Haysmacintyre in 1990 and became a partner in 1995. His current directorships and outside voluntary roles enable him to better understand his client’s commercial issues and opportunities, as well as providing routine tax, audit and accounting advice. Jeremy works closely with the firms specialist tax partners when advising his clients on tax planning opportunities and transactions. Jeremy heads the Sport & Membership Bodies Group which is dedicated to servicing the business and tax needs of organisations operating in this sector. The group acts for over 100 clients in this sector including National Governing Bodies of Sport, Clubs, Professional Institutions and National Trade Associations. In September 2010, Jeremy became non-executive Chairman of GB Taekwondo, the elite performance arm of British Taekwondo, and has been a non-executive Director of a privately owned property company for the last 6 years. Jeremy’s interests are primarily sport related. He is a keen water skier and competed nationally and internationally for over 10 years. He continues to ski on a regular basis during the summer, and attempts to maintain a level of fitness during the rest of the year ! He is also a trustee of the Wycombe Royal Grammar School Foundation and a season ticketholder at London Wasps. Speaker Profiles Jenny Frommer Chief Executive Officer BaseballSoftball Jenny Fromer has worked with BaseballSoftballUK since 2002 in a number of roles, and has held her current position as Joint-CEO and Head of Operations since 2007. During her tenure with BSUK, the organisation has moved from being an informal arrangement of essentially paid volunteers, to an incorporated company with sixteen full-time employees led by an effective Board that has a mixture of representative and independent Directors. This transition has been complex as BSUK is effectively owned by two National Governing Bodies, the British Baseball Federation and the British Softball Federation, and operates as the Development Agency for the two sports. Prior to working with BSUK, Jenny worked for several years with Major League Baseball in London and was responsible for their game development work in the UK, Europe and Africa. Before working in sport, Jenny was a filmmaker, managed several independent cinemas and worked in social housing. She is a dual US/UK national and has spent time living and working in both countries. Speaker Profiles David Pond Chief Executive Officer Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby David is a graduate in Physical Education from Loughborough University. Following an early career playing and coaching rugby he joined the Royal Navy for a 3 year commission but ended up staying for 28 years! In addition to operational and command appointments in the UK and overseas, he was CEO of the navy’s largest training college and worked at the highest level of defence on the delivery of public private partnerships, where clarity over governance was key. He left the navy in 2006 to manage his own consultancy company delivering leadership, organisational development and workforce training to the public and private sector. Through this came his involvement with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and in November 2009 he became its CEO. Since then the NGB has transferred from an Association to a Limited Company, grown an independent Board and partnered with the RFU, where the NGB has its head office. David recently completed a 4 year term as a Non Executive Director of an NHS Hospitals Trust and remains Chair of the South West Independent Safeguarding Board. He completed the UK Sport International Leadership programme in 2011. Speaker Profiles Jane Nickerson Chief Operating Officer Amateur Swimming Association Jane Nickerson is the Chief Operating Officer at the ASA and British Swimming. Jane holds a B.Ed from St. Paul’s College, majoring in History and English and spent 20 years in the hospitality industry heading up the Rooms Division of a 800 bedroom conference hotel. Her current role includes responsibility for governance and compliance, generation of commercial income and leadership of all the central infrastructure departments. In addition she is the Executive Officer and Director of the Institute of Swimming (IoS) which is both a membership and a training organisation. She has held several board roles including ISPAL during the set up of CIMSPA and is currently a Director of Badminton GB.