The Code for Sports Governance - review update
The Code for Sports Governance was a game-changing initiative when it was published by Sport England and UK Sport in October 2016. The governance of funded organisations has undergone enormous progress under the Code, which has set a new standard for the sector. In July 2020, a review and public consultation was announced in order to ensure that it continues to lead the way in governance practice by considering the sector’s experiences, assessing the Code against best practice and identifying areas for development. The review contained a substantive focus on equality, diversity and inclusion. Lynsey and Rob will present an update on the review, outline the major changes to the Code and the roadmap which will be followed. They will discuss what the changes will mean for the sector and how Sport England and UK Sport will support and work with their partners to implement the requirements.
About the speakers
Rob is Head of Governance and International Relations at UK Sport, the UK’s high-performance sports agency, leading their work in driving and supporting the highest standards of governance, equality and diversity, and wider organisational health in funded bodies. This includes overseeing implementation of the Code for Sports Governance, as well as supporting the development and enhancement of healthy National Governing Bodies (NGBs) at the heart of the high-performance system. Rob also oversees UK Sport’s international work, centred on ensuring the UK has a strong, respected and supportive voice in international sport. This includes overseeing UK Sport’s strategic investment into NGBs aimed at facilitating positive relations with their International Sports Federations, advocating for the highest standards of international sports governance, and driving partnerships and sport development programmes in more than 30 countries around the world.
Rob has previously worked for the FCO, with postings in Japan and Bangladesh, as well as research institutions to develop academic partnerships between the UK and Asia.
Lynsey is Head of Corporate Governance at Sport England and co-authored the Code for Sports Governance with UK Sport. She has worked in a number of senior governance roles in key public institutions including as Head of the BBC’s Executive Unit and Assistant Director of Governance for an NHS Trust.
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