Meet the speakers

Sue Anstiss MBE

CEO, Fearless Women Ltd

Sue Anstiss has been a pioneer in British women’s sport for over 30 years. A founding trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust, and co-founder of the Women’s Sport Collective, in 2018 Sue received an MBE for her services to women’s sport. Sue’s award-winning podcast The Game Changers celebrates trailblazing women in sport.

Craig Beeston

SGA Programme Manager, The Chartered Governance Institute

As Programme Manager for the Sports Governance Academy, Craig is responsible for delivering its services, knowledge base and research output and for liaising with Sport England, the Programme Board, Advisory Group and all the SGA's stakeholders.

Pippa Britton

Double Paralympian, Speaker, Consultant & Mentor

Pippa Britton is Wales most successful archer. She is a double Paralympian who competed on the GB archery team for 15 years and who represented the Welsh able-bodied team on more than 20 occasions. She achieved podium places at 6 consecutive World Championships and 24 International events and gained 11 world records along the way.

Kirsten Fasey

Governance and Organisational Development Coordinator, British Triathlon

Kirsten recently joined British Triathlon as their Governance and Organisational Development Coordinator, responsible for the governance action plan, supporting the CEO and Board administration, and coordinating the organisation’s psychosocial development plans.

Dr Karl George MBE

Managing Director, The Governance Forum Ltd

Dr Karl George MBE is a thought leader and internationally established consultant in governance, with over twenty-five years’ combined experience in accountancy, business and strategic development. An accountant by profession, he is a visiting professor and established author.

Joanne Leigh

Sustainability Coordinator, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games & former Team GB/England hockey player

Joie is a former Team GB and England hockey player and was part of the Gold medal winning squad at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Since leaving international hockey, Joie has built a career in sports sustainability. 

Robert Morini

Head of Governance and International Relations, UK Sport 

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.

Toby Robins

Executive Director for Partnerships, British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS)

For thirty years, Toby has delivered commercial success through sustainability and environmental leadership. His first venture was in 1989 when Toby set up his "green" office supplies distribution business using reverse logistics to add value by back loading recycling.  By 2011 the company was described by The Sunday Times as the second greenest company in the UK; an accolade reflecting the company's influence along the whole value chain. Other awards, including the Queen’s Award, followed.

Lucy Simpson

Head, UK Board Practice, Perrett Laver 

Lucy is Head of the UK Board practice at Perrett Laver. She leads on all non-executive board appointments across the Higher Education sector, Health sector, Sports sector, Global-Non-For-Profit sector and Arts and Culture sector at Perrett Laver. 

Phil Smith

Director of Sport, Sport England

As the Director of Sport, Phil has responsibility for several areas of the Sport England business. He has represented Sport England as a Board Director of both the Football Foundation and UK Coaching.

Phil’s team manages long term investments of several hundred million in various sporting bodies and giving the subsequent advice to achieve results.

Shivani Smith

Senior Consultant, Global Non-Profit & Social Impact and Co-Chair, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Perrett Laver

Shivani has worked in a range of non-profit specialist organisations and has worked with national and international charities on projects covering research, brand, fundraising, leadership development and CSR. She has experience of executive search for senior charity roles including Board and Executive positions for organisations across the UK including Unicef UK, Make-A-Wish, Christian Aid and Choose Love. 

Viveen Taylor

Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Sport England

In January 2021 Viveen was appointed as Sport England’s first director of equality, diversity and inclusion. In this role Viveen is leading Sport England’s overarching approach to tackling inequalities in sport and physical activity to enable the organisation to deliver on strategic aims and purpose whilst also working to ensure that those who lead and deliver sport and physical activity in England reflect the nation they serve.

Lynsey Tweddle

Head of Governance, Sport England

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.

Dr Alan Watkins

Founder and CEO, Complete Coherence

Alan is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. He has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific and technological abilities. Over the past 24 years he has been a coach and confidante to many global influential business leaders. Alan has worked with professional athletes and coaches in Premier League Football, including the coach of the English Football team; Premiership Rugby Union as well as working with UK Sport to design their elite coaching three year development programme.