SSI Trustees

SSI is based in the United Kingdom, functioning as a charitable organisation under the oversight of an International Board of Trustees.

The Trustees provide governance, define long term direction and make sure SSI is effectively and properly run, with legal and other obligations met.

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.”

Chiel Warners
Chiel Warners, LL.M, OLY, Vice Chair​
Babatunde Johnson

Tunde was the Chief Compliance and Business Ethics Officer as well as the General Counsel for Adecco SA globally, based in Zurich. Adecco SA is a Fortune Global 500 company.

He is a lawyer called to the bar in England and Wales by the Inner Temple in 1989. He brought a wealth of industry experience to his role. He has acted as legal advisor to the staffing industry in the United Kingdom (UK), USA, Italy, Spain, Germany and also as an expert for the European Commission (EC) in a review of the different regulatory structures of the European Staffing Industry. He served for many years as an officer of the International Confederation of Private Employment Services (CIETT).

Tunde is a member of the board of Nineteen Youth Foundation, a not for profit organisation focused on supporting underprivileged teens in Nigeria by providing mentorship and guidance. Tunde also serves on the board of WomenSport International the global voice of research-based advocacy for women in sport. An avid golf player, he is the current Captain of the golf section and an Office Bearer of Ikoyi Club 1938.

Ellen Zavian

Professor Ellen M. Zavian began her career in sports when she was a student at the University of Maryland where she worked in the university’s intramural sports and recreation department while working at the Maryland Race Tracks in the promotional department on weekends. While earning her law degree, she interned at the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Soon after graduation, she became the first female attorney/agent in the NFL. She has represented the US Women’s Soccer and, Softball gold medalists and extreme athletes, collectively, and held the title of Commissioner for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (NCAA).

Ellen served as coordinator for the NFLPA’s Native American project; is a nationally recognized journalist, and a court expert in licensing/sports agreements. She has served on many sports related committees, including the DC Bar’s Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Section and co-created the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Sports & Entertainment committee. She teaches sports/event law at George Washington University’s business school while serving her clients in the sports industry and conducting arbitrations as a certified AAA arbitrator.

Ellen also teaches entrepreneurship and leadership, with a focus on start-ups, while creating the United Breakin Association, a global association for competitive break dancers and worked on a task force to get break dancing into the Youth Olympics 2018 and the Olympics in Paris 2024. White House and DOE – appointed Chair of the eSports track at the 2019 HBCU Conference. Author of eSport – The Emerging Workforce & Regulations of eSports – and an advisory board member of GYO, an eSport platform as well as Editor-in-Chief of the esportsandthelaw.com and contributing esports expert to the Washington Post/The Launcher. Appointed FIFA Player Counsel representative in 2019 and USADance NGB Task Force in 2021.

Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas is a former Muay Thai fighter, athlete-survivor, writer and activist. She created UnderTheRopes.com in 2013, where she writes about gender inequality, abuse and harassment in her sport.

Emma has since been a guest speaker at multiple events by UN Women, as well as South-East Asia’s first gender equality summit, and the British Embassy of Bangkok’s survivor handling conference for police officers.

In Thailand, she connects other athlete-survivors to trauma-informed lawyers, case workers, and counsellors. She also has several years of experience in sports marketing and communications management at Decathlon Thailand.

In 2023, she received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study for a master’s degree in Sports Ethics and Integrity (MAiSI), through which she aims to conduct research to promote safeguarding in Muay Thai and other combat sports.

Malia Arrington

Malia Arrington is Executive Director of the Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality. Arrington joined the Hollywood Commission in November 2018 after serving as chief operating officer of the nonprofit U.S. Center for SafeSport. In that post, she helped lead an organisation dedicated to protecting athletes from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Earlier, Arrington served as Senior Director at the U.S. Olympic Committee, where she played a key role in developing SafeSport’s mandate and policies.

Arrington is also a founding member of the board of Safe Sport International, which is committed to expanding the tenets of SafeSport around the world. A graduate of Emory University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Arrington came to the field after practicing law in Denver and serving as a Judicial Intern at the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Rupert Stebbings

Having spent my initial years after University working for Fitness in Industry in London, I then fell into the financial world quite by accident.

That career spanned almost three decades across the UK, US and finally Colombia. In Colombia, I have also served as Honorary Consul in Medellin for almost 10 years, additionally as board member of both Viva Airlines and Set-ICAP. Having now left finance behind I now wish to give back to society and spend a lot of time looking at the local refugee and migrant situation.

I am a keen writer and have published two books, one related to Viva Airlines and another autobiographical. Sports have always been a passion for myself and represented half of my undergraduate studies.

SSI will offer me the opportunity to support all of those who wish to participate in sporting activity, be it for leisure or as a career.

Sasha Martell
Stephanie McCaughey

Stephanie McCaughey has a diverse background in Criminology and Victimology. She is a Doctoral Candidate, a graduate of The University of Melbourne, a Harvard Scholarship recipient, and a Victorian Government Fellowship member.

An accredited mediator, Stephanie brings a victim-centred perspective as CEO of a not-for-profit organisation supporting victim-survivors in disclosing institutional abuse. She was centrally involved in developing the 3-step model, which provides therapeutic support, independent investigations, safeguarding, and resolution of disclosures. Stephanie is also the Director of an organisation that provides psycho-social support services to victim-survivors of abuse. She is committed to care coordination frameworks and policies underpinned by a person-centred, trauma-informed approach.

Stephanie is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable persons. Her expertise includes as a current Sessional Member in Justice and Community Safety, and previous work in criminal justice and corrections, where, amongst other roles, she was an inaugural Principal Practitioner in sexual and violent offending. She is a member of safeguarding groups across the Asia Pacific Region.

Stephanie’s governance expertise includes serving as a current Board Director of a public health service and as a Member of the Australian Government Classification Review.