SSI Associate Consultants

Annamarie Phelps

Annamarie Phelps CBE OLY is an advocate for safe and inclusive sport for all. She is Chair of the British Horseracing Authority, the governing and regulatory body for horseracing in Great Britain, Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association and an Associate Consultant to Safe Sport International.

As Vice Chair and Lead Safeguarding Officer for British Rowing for 11 years she oversaw the anti-doping, governance and equality policies within the national governing body, before chairing the organisation from 2013-2018. She has championed safeguarding for adults in sport on the Sport & Recreational Alliance Steering Group, as Vice Chair of the British Paralympic Association 2013-2018 and later as independent chair of the national Safeguarding Adults in Sport Strategic Partnership. Annamarie currently serves on the IOC Olympic Education Commission and the IPC Legal and Ethics Committee.

A former World Champion in Women’s Lightweight Coxless Fours and indoor rowing, Annamarie represented Great Britain in the women’s eight at the Atlanta Olympic Games, 1996. Annamarie has held leadership roles across many sports organisations including British Rowing, British Paralympic Association, Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club and chaired the Independent Review into British Cycling in 2017. She is currently Safeguarding Governor at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith.

Janice is a lawyer who specialises in governance and integrity issues and is an Associate Consultant to Safe Sport International, working with International Sports Federation to support their development of policy and guidance.

Janice’s specific focus is on assisting organisations to put in place effective structures and systems and on providing bespoke training. In her previous role as General Counsel at the British Equestrian Federation, Janice was responsible for all legal, governance and integrity issues, lead on the restructuring of the safeguarding system and managed the safeguarding function. She has practical experience of safeguarding litigation and in her role as a Sports Resolution Specialist Arbitrator has acted in a number of safeguarding related cases.

Janice currently sits on the Audit and Compliance Committee of the international equestrian federation (FEI), the Judicial Commission of the international hockey federation (FIH) and the Anti-Doping Committee of the international paralympic committee (IPC). She is a Board member of the UK’s National Police Chiefs’ Council Audit and Assurance Board and Legal Director of Governance United, providing strategic advice on sport governance and assurance issues both nationally and internationally. She is an Associate Lecturer in International Sport Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Karen Leach

Expert by Lived Experience in Child Sexual Abuse

One of the leading Voices in International work against sexual abuse and harassment in sport across the world. Safe Sport Advocate; VOICE Ambassador (Voices for Truth and Dignity Combatting Sexual Violence in European Sport through the voices of those affected), Sport England Advisory Panel, Pool of European Experts on Sexual Violence in Sport, Safeguarding Children in Sport Strategic Group Northern Ireland, Psychotherapist, Counselor.

As a child, Karen was recognised as a talented swimmer with strong aspirations and a realistic chance of representing Ireland at the Olympic Games. Karen spent endless hours in the swimming pool. During this time, Karen was routinely abused by her swimming coach.

Since the publication of her story in the book Deep Deception, Irelands Swimming Scandals. Karen has been speaking out across the world and advocating on behalf of children, young people, adults at risk and athletes.

She is working to create a greater level of awareness and to encourage safer spaces for children, young people, adults at risk, athletes in sport, working regularly with national and international organisations both in advisory and public speaking capacities.

Karen is an accredited psychotherapist. Through this avenue she has been able to help and support others, including those who have suffered abuse.

At the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires, Karen spoke at the first ever Olympism in Action forum, she assisted the International Olympic Committee in educating athletes and entourage members about this important topic.

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 Mc Gibbon.

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.