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2017 Sports Summit - Putting people at the heart of sport and recreation

  • Date: 24 May 2017
  • Time: 21:00
  • Venue: Emirates Stadium, London

Acknowledge, challenge & change: be part of the conversation

The sport and recreation sector aims to encourage everyone to be active - by taking part, watching, volunteering or working within the sector. 

The 2017 Sports Summit in association with Perkins Slade will be talking about some of the hurdles we face in getting the nation active. We will be asking if we are actively embracing diversity, are we safe and inclusive so that everyone is encouraged to be more active, and do we have the right skills in place and the desire to change?

2017 Sports Summit Programme

Members - £249.99Non Members - £349.99

Corporate - £399.99


  • 2017 Sports Summit Programme now available including details of our keynote and panel speakers for each of our four sessions
  • Leading experts on unconscious bias, getting the right skills around your board table, culture change and safeguarding
  • Dedicated Sport Summit app that gives you the chance to be a part of the conversation on the day by interacting with panel speakers and helps you network with your industry colleagues before, during and after the event
  • We will be moving to a new and bigger venue for 2017, the Emirates Stadium, London, giving more people from across the sector the opportunity to be part of the conversation at the 2017 Sports Summit.

So why attend…

  • Hear from leading experts from outside of sport and recreation about how they have adapted to overcome some of the challenges that the sector is facing
  • Opportunity to network with senior leaders and decision makers from across the sector
  • Be part of the conversation and lead the way in being part of changing the sport and recreation sector.
  • Use our interactive panel sessions to discuss and share best practice on how your organisation can strive for progress

2016 Sports Summit Testimonials:

“A really good selection of speakers, from Sport England CEO to representatives from seemingly cash rich organisations such as the Premier League to much smaller organisations such as the Mountain Training presentation, which was the most engaging of the whole day” – John Kennedy, Wildbore & Gibbons LLP

“The networking opportunities where great, fantastic mix of organisations. Jennie Price was brilliant and it was great to hear about the strategy right from the source.” – Heather Smith, Women in Sport

2017 Sports Summit Programme

09:30Registration Opens 

Welcome from the Sport and Recreation Alliance 

Emma Boggis, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance


Why good governance is good for business

Charlotte Valeur, Founder and Chair of Board Apprentice Ltd


Session 1 - Breaking down barriers

This session will help you see how to acknowledge unconscious bias and look at how to focus on reforming the culture of your organisation so that the sector can move forward. 


  • Stephen Frost – Principal, Frost Included


  • Barry Horne - CEO, EFDS
  • Dr Natalie Darko - Community Lead Researcher, University of Leicestershire
  • Rachael Wilson – Managing Director, EW Group
  • Emma Boggis – CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance
11:10 Morning networking break

Session 2 - Looking after players, staff, fans and volunteers

Sport and recreation welcomes everyone, so the safety and wellbeing of all those involved is important in making sure no one is excluded from joining in. This session will look at what can be learnt from the historical abuse scandal and how, as a sector we can make sure we are implementing best practise to break down barriers and increase accessibility. 


  • Peter Wanless CB - CEO, NSPCC


  • Richard Harry – Chief Executive, Sport Resolutions
  • Anneli Peavot – Head of Health and Wellbeing, Elmhurst School for Dance
  • Nicola Dean - Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager, Ann Craft Trust
  • Emma Boggis - CEO, Sport and Recreation
12:20Lunch & networking break 

Session 3 - Challenging the myths

The session will uncover some of the myths surround sports volunteering, share some of the findings from the largest volunteering survey to help get the sector thinking differently about volunteers. This will include a simple tool to help them recruit, retain and reward their volunteers.


  • Will Watt - Product Director, Jump Projects 


  • Laura Doughty – Deputy CEO, Volunteering Matters
  • Emma Boggis - CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Anne Usher MBE - Paralympian/Volunteer

Launch of the Principles of Good Governance for Sport and Recreation

Emma Boggis - CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance will launch the revised version of The Voluntary Code of Good Governance.  This refreshed version will focus on the principles of both good governance and leadership and will be applicable for all sport and recreation bodies.


Session 4 - Creating a culture people want to be part of

Change is inevitable in any organisation and this session will discuss how organisations can grow and maintain a performance culture which accepts change and embraces diversity.


  • Jens Boegh-Nielsen, SVP Head of Sales & Marketing EALA, Avanade


  • Charlotte Valeur - Charlotte Valeur, Managing Director, Board Apprentice.
  • Simon Osborne – CEO, ICSA
  • Tom Overton – Head of Community Sport, Sport Wales
  • Emma Boggis - CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance

15:15End of 2017 Sports Summit 

Opening Plenary

Charlotte Valeur 

Charlotte has in excess of 30 years' experience in the Financial Industry ranging from floor-trading and market making on the Danish Stock exchange to Investment Banking in the City of London with a range of international banks.  She is an appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on a number of London Stock Exchange listed and unlisted companies and she  advises on Governance Best Practice with a focus on practical implementation of best practice at board level.

Session 1 - Breaking down barriers

Stephen Frost

Stephen leads Frost Included, an Inclusive Leadership practice.

He served as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG and continues as a strategic advisor to the firm and its clients.  Steve was also Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and established the Stonewall workplace programmes.  He teaches at Harvard Business School and Sciences Po and is an advisor to the British government, KPMG, the International Paralympic Committee and several other organisations.  

He is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  He is author of The Inclusion Imperative (Kogan Page, 2014) and Inclusive Talent Management (Kogan Page, July 2016). 

Barry Horne

Barry is Chief Executive of the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). He joined EFDS in May 2010 and the charity works hard to get more disabled people active across England through their vision of “Disabled people are active for life”.

Dr Natalie Darko

Natalie is a senior university academic who has been working in Higher Education for over 15 years. Her academic project, teaching and industry research interests are sports management in international contexts, sports policy, sociology of sport, qualitative and visual research methods, race equality, health inequalities, and BME/BAME community sports and health provision. She currently works as a community lead researcher for the Centre of BME Health East Midlands at Leicester University, and teaches sports education at Nottingham Trent University.

Alongside her academic teaching, she has also worked with various organisations to address the challenges of improving engagement in sport, and raise awareness of the importance of diversity in sport and health provision. 

Rachael Wilson

Rachael is the Managing Director of the EW Group, a leading-edge diversity and inclusion consultancy. Rachael has helped organisations from a wide range of industries to pinpoint the resources they need to design and deliver their business case for diversity.  Rachael also recently co-delivered a bespoke inclusive leadership programme for the UK and South Europe divisions of adidas Group.

Session 2 - Looking after players, staff, fans and volunteers

Peter Wanless CB

Peter is the Chief Executive of the NSPCC and he will be encouraging the sector to look at safeguarding as a moral responsibility and to not view it as a process driven exercise. This means talking about it and sharing best practice across the sector so that sport and recreation do not become complacent about it.

The NSPCC’s works to demonstrate through evidence and practice better ways of protecting children from abuse, preventing abuse from occurring and transforming attitudes through essential legislative and behaviour change.  Services include ChildLine (there 24/7 for any young person with nowhere else to turn) the NSPCC Helpline (there 24/7 for any adult concerned about a child) and direct to vulnerable children and families

Richard Harry

Richard started his career in the legal profession working for both Hugh James and Clarke Willmott Solicitors. He then set up the Welsh Rugby Players Association and ran it as CEO for 7 years. After a short period acting as a Consultant for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Richard joined Sport Resolutions in 2010 and is now its CEO. Richard was instrumental in the establishment of the National Safeguarding Panel for Sport and currently sits as Chair of the Case Management Group of the Sport Safeguarding Partnership.

Anneli Peavot

Anneli is the Assistant Principle - Health and Wellbeing, and the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Anneli works closely will all members of the school and external agencies to embed a clear ethos of safeguarding and has developed a learning environment that is child centred, safe, motivational and positive.

Nicola Dean

She is the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager with the Ann Craft Trust. Nicola’s post is funded by Sport England and is the first of its kind in the UK. Key priorities are reviewing and developing services in relation to adults at risk in sport and identifying, planning and implementing new initiatives in line with current practice.

Session 3- Challenging the myths

Will Watt

After studying Law, Will had a short stint in advertising before working in marketing. He then moved into digital with the launch of a pioneering joint venture with the BBC that turned into a major sustainability initiative for the Prince of Wales involving M&S, Eurostar, B&Q and other leading brands.

Whist at Join In, a London 2012 volunteering legacy charity, Will conceived and developed all of Join In’s creative, communications and campaigns including the #BigThankYou campaign with BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Will also conceived Join In’s work into the value of sports volunteering in the UK which has become a case study in Lord Gus O’Donnell’s ‘What Works Wellbeing’ centre. This was followed up with leading behavioural science research on how to recruit and retain volunteers. Both of these pieces of work building on the work of Simetrica and Daniel Fujiwara.

Laura Doughty

Laura is the Deputy Chief executive of Volunteering Matters, an organisation which creates volunteering and learning opportunities that enable people to have a positive stake in society. In her role, she leads on communications, employee volunteering, policy, Europe, impact and policy and fundraising. Laura was formerly Deputy Chief Executive at Stonewall, the gay equality charity, and spent the first 18 years of her career in the private sector, including working for the Guardian and Observer Newspapers, Talk Radio and Viacom Outdoor (Exterion Media) where she was National Sales Director.

Anne Usher MBE

Anne Usher MBE won gold with Great Britain’s paracanoeing team at the 2016 Paralympic Games. A physiotherapist by profession, prior to her career in paracanoe Anne was an enthusiastic amateur mountain biker. Anne also has a long history of volunteering in sport and has seen first-hand, both as a keen amateur and also as an elite level athlete how volunteers are the glue which hold all sports together.

Session 4- Creating a culture people want to be part of

Jens Boegh-Nielsen

Jens is Head of Sales & Marketing for Europe at Avanade. Avanade is a business consulting services provider founded in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft, which now has 29,000+ professionals in more than 20 countries. He will be sharing how organisations have approached changing their culture and behaviours from outside of the sector – and at the same time, how they have managed to keep their people engaged and willing to be a part of it.

He is responsible for leading Avanade’s Client Executive and Business Development community across Europe. Since 2015 Jens has also been a member of Avanade’s global ethics and compliance committee and in 2016 Avanade was named one of World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.  

Simon Osborne

Simon is Chief Executive and a Fellow of The Charted Institute of Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA). He qualified first as a solicitor in 1973 and before taking up his current role he was a freelance governance consultant. He is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network and chairs its Bylaws & Procedures Committee. He is a Non-executive director of two small media companies and deputy chair of a charity.

Tom Overton

Tom is Head of Community Sport at Sport Wales and leads the organisation's relationship with key partners delivering the Vision for Sport in Wales and has lead responsibility for Governance & Leadership Framework.

Perkins Slade: Managing the risks for National Governing Bodies, voluntary sports clubs, coaches, participants and event organisers.

Perkins Slade is a sport and recreation specialist insurance broker. A dedicated team of professionals provides assistance to:

  • Over 300 National Governing Bodies of sport and recreation throughout the United Kingdom.
  • 60,000 voluntary sports clubs
  • 100,000 coaches, teachers and instructors
  • More than 3,500,000 active participants

We provide comprehensive protection and economic premiums across a wide range of insurance products and services.

Perkins Slade is approved insurance broker to the Sport and Recreation Alliance and Scottish Sports Association.

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