Education & Training Committee

Willma King

Willma King is an experienced senior manager, learning strategist and safeguarding expert with strong skills in leadership and empowerment. She worked for NSPCC as Head of Training and Consultancy providing professional services in safeguarding and child protection and established the Learning and Development governance for Childline UK. She is a published author on learning and curriculum materials for safeguarding, child protection and inter–agency working. Willma has a Masters in social work and has delivered social care and safeguarding services across the UK, Europe and internationally including the Bahamas, Germany and Cyprus. She worked for Relationships Australia managing a wide range of statutory and community programs over considerable regional and remote areas.

Willma is experienced in commissioning services to maintain regulatory standards alongside providing clinical and operational management. Her inter–personal skills have established strong professional reach and influential impact across her work both in Australia and Britain. Willma brings experience in liaising with government departments and service providers for co–ordination and collaborative delivery of services and has been selected to represent numerous committees and initiatives. These include Chair and non–executive Board Director on safeguarding committees; public forums; school boards; Cairns Regional Victims of Crime committee and Leicester/shire/Rutland [LLR] Multi–Agency Training Committee.

Willma’s ability to hold strategic and operational perspective has led to Willma being invited to advise the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office and other government departments and national organisations drawing on her expertise and warmth of engagement. She was also part of the Domestic Abuse consultation team leading practitioner and user informed changes to federal legislation in Australia. As a strategist and senior manager Willma has established respected business and professional development, bringing balance, wisdom and objectivity across numerous professional, charity and community settings.

Kris Fondran is a licensed elementary education teacher with a Masters of Education in Exercise Science. For more than 30 years she has worked with an array of athletes on and off the playing field, creating unique training opportunities that integrate her experience as a skating and yoga instructor. As a part-time lecturer at Cleveland State University, Kris teaches a variety of health, wellness and teacher education classes and has conducted various research studies investigating the benefits of both yoga and skating. Her work with the Inline Certification Program has provided her the opportunity to travel extensively, leading a variety of inline skating programs world-wide.
Anne Tiivas

Anne Tiivas OBE is the Chair of Safe Sport International (SSI), the leading global charity focused on safeguarding athletes of all ages. SSI is known worldwide for its three key areas of focus: research, education, training and consultancy, and athlete voice. Anne is the former Director of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) where she worked for nearly 18 years until September 2019. In 2016, the CPSU received the UNICEF International Safeguarding Children in Sport award at the Beyond Sport Summit.

Anne was centrally involved in shaping and monitoring National Safeguarding Standards for Children in Sport in the UK from 2001. As a founding member of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport initiative in 2012 and current Chair of its Advisory Group, she continues to support the development of the project to promote adoption and implementation of the Safeguards in collaboration with UNICEF UK, Loughborough University, and a coalition of sports bodies across the globe. SSI is currently in the process of developing Inclusive Safeguards for Adults in Sport which will build on and link to this work.

Anne advises international and national sports bodies, international governmental agencies, and other groups, on child and adult protection and safeguarding in sport. She is a Director of the International Olympic Committee Safeguarding Officer Certificate Course. Anne is a member of the ‘I Coach Kids’ (ICK) Global Movement Committee and she has been a member of FIFA’s Expert group on Child Safeguarding. She is passionate about inclusion, child and human rights in sport, as the basis for everyone being able to participate in sport in a safe inclusive and enjoyable environment.

Anne has collaborated on several European projects on safeguarding in youth sport, most recently for the European Union and Council of Europe’s ‘Child Safeguarding in Sport’ project where SSI was the international expert organisation. She was appointed to the Council of Europe’s new Pool of International Experts on Safe Sport in 2022.

Anne has written extensively on the topic of safeguarding in and through sport and is co-author of a chapter in the 2017 Oxford Textbook of Children’s Sport and Exercise Medicine – Protecting child athletes from medical mismanagement and other forms of (non-accidental) violence in sport. She is a co-author of the 2016 “IOC Consensus Statement: Harassment and Abuse (non-accidental violence) in Sport.”

Phil Doorgachurn
Phil Doorgachurn believes that all children and young people have the right to feel safe and be safe. Phil has extensive experience over a decade in the U.K and Australia. Phil currently heads up the YMCA of Australia’s safeguarding charity. Phil’s work history is extensive and includes consulting for Children’s Protection Society in Australia and well as Senior Consultant for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the U.K. Phil’s breadth of experience includes Head of Safeguarding for Lawn Tennis Association, Premier League and more recently Arsenal Football Club in the U.K.

Julian is an experienced business manager and owner who has held senior management positions for over 30 years. Working in both corporate and private settings, being primarily used as a change agent he has been instrumental in establishing, improving and growing organisations.

Specific experience includes responsibility for P&L, compliance, human resource management, digital project management, sales including income generation and marketing. Since 2005 he has been involved in running a successful national consultancy business offering services to individual organisations and affinity groups.

As a keen sportsman Julian has practical experience of the pressures placed on young emerging talent and is driven to ensure future generations do not endure violence and abuse.

Liz Twyford

Liz Twyford has worked for Unicef UK for over 10 years, in a role focused on protecting and promoting children’s rights in, around, and through sport.

She has been involved in supporting the delivery and evaluation of International Inspirational, the international social legacy programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Unicef UK’s partnership with the Commonwealth Games, including the development of new bid criteria which reference human rights, and the coordination of the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group.

She is a member of the FIFA expert safeguarding working group and also helped shape the bid criteria for the FIFA 2026 World Cup, which now make reference to the meaningful participation of children and child rights.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Liz spent many years in the development field, living and working for more than 2 years in Bhutan where she supported Save the Children’s community sport work, and for a year in Cameroon, supporting sport for development programmes in the Northwest province. She has worked in more than 15 countries over the past 10 years, with a focus on supporting community mobilisation, sport for development and protecting and promoting children’s rights in, around and through sport.

Mark Mungal

Mark is a Director and co-founder of the Caribbean Sport and Development Agency and is an enthusiastic and passionate Sport for Development leader dedicated to the promotion of sport and physical education as building blocks for the development of Caribbean people.

Before taking up responsibilities as Regional Coordinator of the Australian Caribbean Community Sport Development Program in 2003, Mark served as a Teacher Educator at the Physical Education Department at Corinth Teachers’ College in South Trinidad. Mark has also been a lecturer at the Sport and Physical Education Department of the University of the West Indies and played a lead role in the development of academic programs in sport, physical education and sport for development at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, the University of the West Indies and the Regional Sports Academy (Suriname).

Mark has served as a National Youth Coach, Technical Director and Sport Administrator in the sport of volleyball.

Recognised as a thought-leader in the international sport for development fraternity, Mark has served on several international, regional and national agencies over the years, including the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS), the CARICOM Physical Education and Sport Advisory Committee and the CARICOM Task Force for Child Rights and Child Protection. Mark is presently serving on the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Advisory Board, the UNICEF /Barcelona Foundation Sport for Development for Children Working Group, the Trinidad and Tobago NCD Alliance and the First Citizens Sports Foundation.

Marcella Leonard

Marcella is Director of Leonard Consultancy and qualified as a social worker in 1989. Marcella has specialised in assessment and treatment in the fields of sexuality, sexual deviancy and trauma with both victims and perpetrators. Marcella co-ordinated the management of sex and violent offenders in Northern Ireland and has worked with several jurisdictions to establish their statutory management of sex and violent offenders.

As Director of Leonard Consultancy, Marcella works internationally including Abu Dhabi, Gibraltar, Australia, New Zealand, Norway as well as throughout UK and Ireland. She delivers specialist safeguarding training to sports, criminal justice, religious, educational, social care, voluntary and statutory organisations which includes assessing and managing sexual and violent risk, consultancy, strategic and safeguarding policy development. She undertakes Case Management Reviews for organisations, training safeguarding officers and assisting organisations strategically and operationally to have robust safeguarding for children and adults at risk. Marcella’s practice, as a therapist with victims and survivors, is grounded in a trauma informed humanistic approach which is also embedded in her training and consultancy work.

Marcella has written several book chapters and co-authored articles in relevant professional journals and regularly provides expert opinion to media outlets as well as expert advisor to several documentaries for television productions. She is co-author of the AIM3 Adolescent Model of Assessment with Professor Simon Hackett and the CASP-R Ability to Protect and Supervise – Risk assessment model with Gareth McGibbon.

Marcella is currently a panel member of the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse redress scheme assisting in the analysis of the harm caused to people when they were children whilst resident in child care and criminal justice institutions.

Marcella has been appointed as the lead social work panel member to review Historical Clerical Child Abuse throughout Northern Ireland on behalf of the Northern Ireland government.

Marcella has been awarded NSPCC and Association of Child Protection Practitioners UK Child Protection Trainer of the Year 2019.

Kupakwashe Desmond Mukurmbira
Kupakwashe Mukurumbira is a Safeguarding in Sport Strategist, Speaker, Researcher, Trainer and Founder of Dominion Sport. Kupakwashe is Advisory Board Member for UNICEF UK Initiative on Safeguarding Children in Sport, an Advisory Board Member for Safe Sport Africa, FIFA Guardian Independent Review Panel Member and FIFA Safeguarding Diploma Facilitator. He possess unique insight and understanding of the global safeguarding in sport ecosystem. His extensive knowledge of the global sport landscape gained working closely with national, regional, continental and international sport organisations is sought after by sport organisations.