As an Of Counsel in our Sports Group in London, I'm a regulatory and dispute resolution specialist with over 15 years' experience working for some of the biggest names in the global sports market.
I specialise in regulatory and disciplinary work for national and international federations and other organisations in the global sports community. I worked for many years as Legal Counsel to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and, since joining Bird & Bird in 2015, I've continued in this important role. In recent years, I've advised the IAAF on a ground-breaking programme of wide-ranging governance reform, including re-drafting their constitution and establishing an independent Integrity Unit and IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal. Two years on, the reforms have been widely praised and the IAAF is now seen as a benchmark of governance best practice within the international sporting community. As a result of my governance work for the IAAF, I was asked to sit as an expert advising the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on its own governance reform programme with particular focus on introducing greater independence to the organisation's decision making functions.
Good governance is now considered an imperative if sport is to survive in what is becoming an increasingly challenging economic environment. Having spent many years of my career working in-house in sport, I feel uniquely placed to understand the needs of our clients, the challenges they face in implementing governance reform and, crucially, what it takes to ensure that any reforms put in place have a lasting impact.
Over the years, I have sat on a number of expert commissions and working groups established by the IAAF, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), WADA, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Sport Accord, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), UK Sport and London 2012. I have also advised the BHA on equine anti-doping matters.
I also lecture on the postgraduate sports law programme at De Montfort University Law School in the UK.