Board Members

The Board of Directors advise and support the staff in executing the work of the organisation through its balanced and diverse viewpoints.


Audley Sheppard QC

Independent Chair

Audley Sheppard QC

Audley Sheppard QCIndependent Chair

Audley is a Partner of the international law firm of Clifford Chance LLP and was appointed as Chair of Sport Resolutions on 1st July 2021.

Audley has specialised in dispute resolution, through negotiation, mediation, litigation and arbitration, for over thirty years.

Audley is also active in teaching and education, through roles at the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London, and elsewhere, and regularly writes and talks on dispute resolution topics.

Audley’s other roles include Chair, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Board (2017-present).

Tracy Harrison

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tracy Harrison

Tracy HarrisonIndependent Non-Executive Director

Tracy has broad experience in marketing, communications, public relations, sponsorship and event management.

She has spent the last 13 years working in the entertainment and sports media industry as the Director of Marketing for Sky TV’s B2B division.

Tracy’s career has taken her around the world, beginning at Disney in Paris before moving to Zurich Insurance in London and then British Airways, where in 2000 she spent 4 years in New York managing a portfolio of BA’s North American partners.  

Tracy is a member of the Management Board, the Marketing and Service Development Committee (MSDC) and the Panel Appointments and Review Committee at Sport Resolutions.

Nigel Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director

Nigel Smith

Nigel SmithIndependent Non-Executive Director

Nigel is currently the CFO and a member of the Executive of ELEXON Ltd. and is also a Director at Electricity Market Reform Settlement Ltd.

As well as performing the role of CFO, he has additional responsibility for all of the organisation’s support functions as Director of Professional Services.

He has over 30 years’ experience in senior finance roles in both private and not for profit organisations across various sectors. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Nigel joined the organisation in February 2019 and is a member of the Management Board and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Jacqui Traynor

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jacqui Traynor

Jacqui TraynorIndependent Non-Executive Director

Jacqui Traynor is the Anti-Doping and Integrity Officer for British Rowing, and General Secretary and Director for UK Deaf Sport.

Jacqui has over 10 years experience in sport and movement as a professional dancer, competitive rower, coach, and educator. In 2020 Jacqui completed an LLM in Sports Law and Practice with De Montfort University with a focus on sport governance, integrity, and ethics, and through her work with British Rowing and UK Deaf Sport is a keen advocate for inclusion and diversity in sport.

In her spare time, Jacqui enjoys supporting her local running club with their weekly sessions, and the club’s monthly sessions for children with downs syndrome.

Jacqui joined the Board of Sport Resolutions in August 2020. She sits on the Panel Appointments and Review Committee and is Safeguarding Champion for the company.

Martin Gibbs

Independent Non-Executive Director

Martin Gibbs

Martin GibbsIndependent Non-Executive Director

Martin Gibbs qualified as a solicitor with Slaughter and May and then spent ten years in the City in public company corporate finance.

After that he worked for ten years in cycling as Policy and Legal Affairs Director at the national federation, British Cycling, and then as CEO of the international federation, the Union Cycliste Internationale, in Switzerland.

Martin is based in Lausanne where he works for sports organisations and NGOs as a consultant on sports governance, anti-doping and human rights in sport. 

Martin joined Sport Resolutions in June 2019 and is a member of the Marketing and Service Development Committee. 

Alison Mitchell

Independent Non-Executive Director

Alison Mitchell

Alison MitchellIndependent Non-Executive Director

Alison is a highly respected award-winning broadcast journalist, who specialises in sport.

She is well known for her commentary on cricket, but has worked across the wider sports media sector, bringing tremendous knowledge of both domestic and international issues due to extensive travel in a career that has taken in multiple Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.

At the time of appointment, Alison is a charity trustee, she sits on the Sports Board of the University of Nottingham advising on strategy, and is Chair of the Cricket Writers’ Club, where she has guided members through the early challenges of Covid and introduced initiatives to broaden the demographic of the organisation. Alison trained in media law as part of her journalism qualification.

Outside of work, Alison loves to get outdoors to go hiking, hit a tennis ball, or strum the guitar. 

Alison joined the Board of Sport Resolutions in September 2020 and is Equality Champion for the company.

John Palmer

Independent Non-Executive Director

John Palmer

John PalmerIndependent Non-Executive Director

John Palmer is a Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations Consultant specialising in start-up, repositioning, merger and take-over, and crisis management.

Sport has featured prominently throughout his career, from starting as a rugby correspondent in Wales and going on to chair the ITV Network Sports Marketing and Publicity Committee whilst at Central and Carlton UK TV, co-founding the Professional Cricketers’ Association fundraising business PCA Management, to being a co-founding Trustee in establishing the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Whilst at Sheffield Hallam University, he initiated, negotiated and managed unique partnerships with the Organising Committees of the Beijing, London and Sochi Olympics and the Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games which gave hundreds of Hallam students jobs in the media centres at these events. He also created and managed the "Lighting the Flame For Sport" brand, under which Sheffield companies earned millions of pounds of business by jointly promoting their services and products for major sports events like the Olympic Games.

At JCB he created and managed a two-year sponsorship of the American Superbowl and a partnership with London Irish RFC. He has also worked with senior rugby clubs to develop community and fundraising programmes.

John is a member of the Management Board and is Senior Independent Director of the company. He is also a member of the Marketing and Service Development Committee (MSDC) at Sport Resolutions. 

Richard Harry

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Harry

Richard HarryChief Executive Officer

Richard has been Chief Executive at Sport Resolutions since April 2016. Richard joined Sport Resolutions in July 2010 and spent almost six years as firstly Dispute Resolution Manager and then Legal Director.

He is a sports lawyer and former Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Players' Association. Richard started his career as a specialist employment and sports lawyer at Hugh James Solicitors in Cardiff before joining Clarke Willmott in Bristol.

 He left Clarke Willmott to establish the Welsh Rugby Players' Association and has acted as a Consultant to the World Anti-Doping Agency. Richard is a Visiting Fellow to the School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire, and has been appointed to the Board of the London-based International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC). 

Keith McGarry

Representative Non-Executive Director

Keith McGarry

Keith McGarryRepresentative Non-Executive Director

Keith McGarry is a Solicitor Advocate who represents the Northern Ireland Sports Forum on the Sport Resolutions Board.

He is a Solicitor Advocate specialising in personal injury litigation. He is a partner in the firm of Conn & Fenton Solicitors based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He has sat on the Disciplinary Panel of the Irish Rugby Football Union (Ulster Branch).

Keith was an accomplished rugby player having played for Irish Universities and was capped by his province, Ulster, at many levels including Senior representation. He currently coaches The Newforge Taggers, the only rugby club in Ireland exclusively established for children and young adults with learning difficulties which continues to spread the gospel of sport for athletes with special needs.

Whilst having a keen interest in all sports, he continues to play competitive golf to Senior Cup standard.

Keith is one of three Representative Non-Executive Directors sitting on Sport Resolutions' Board. He is also Chair of the Panel Appointments and Review Committee, and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. 

Richard Hendicott

Representative Non-Executive Director

Richard Hendicott

Richard HendicottRepresentative Non-Executive Director

Richard has been a Director of Sport Resolutions for 10 years. He represents The Welsh Sports Association, which is an umbrella organisation for all sports in Wales.

He also has access to The Sports Council of Wales. Richard is a retired District Judge. He is a Council Member of the Golf Union of Wales and an R&A qualified golf referee.

Richard is one of three Representative Non-Executive Directors sitting on Sport Resolutions' Board and is also a member of the Panel Appointments and Review Committee.

Sarah Newton

Representative Non-Executive Director

Sarah Newton

Sarah NewtonRepresentative Non-Executive Director

Sarah joined the Board of Sport Resolutions in 2021 as one of three directors representing the nine members of the organisation.

Sarah is the Chief Operating Officer for the British Athletes Commission (BAC) which provides independent, confidential expert advice and professional support for all World Class Programme Olympic and Paralympic athlete members.

She is an experienced operational lead and joined the BAC in 2018 having been Director of Operations for the charity Safe Passage; helping child refugees access safe and legal rights.  Her previous operational roles have seen her spend nine years at the Rugby Football Union which saw her significantly involved in the redevelopment of Twickenham Stadium and the introduction of wider events being held there, including concerts.

Based in the South West of England her world away from high performance sport involves running the family smallholding.

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