UK Sport names panel for doping agency

UK Sport has named the members of the project board which will play a key role in the development of a stand-alone National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO).

The board, which includes representatives from the worlds of sport, law enforcement, ethics and Government, meets for the first time next month and will help ensure the new NADO best meets the needs of the British sporting community in the fight against doping in sport, UK Sport claimed.

NADO was announced by the government in December 2007 following a six-month review led by UK Sport.

It concluded that a more modernised approach to anti-doping in the UK was needed and that a stand-alone agency with increased powers and responsibilities, and greater links to law enforcement agencies, should be created to be in place and fully operational well in time for London 2012.

The NADO Project Board will be chaired by Philip Carling, UK Sport Board Member and Chair of the Sports Council of Wales. Its membership has been confirmed as:

· Mike Brace – Chairman, British Paralympic Association

· Adrienne Fresko – Director of Foresight Partnership, Former Head of the Centre for Public Governance at the Office for Public Management (OPM)

· Paul Heron – Deputy Director of Sport, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

· David Kenworthy – Chair, independent anti-doping scrutiny panel, Former Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police

· Philip Kimberley – Executive chair , England Hockey

· Richard Lewis – Executive chairman, Rugby Football League

· Karen Pickering – Chairwoman, British Athletes Commission

· Sir Craig Reedie – International Olympic Committee member, World Anti-Doping Agency Member, Vice president of the British Olympic Association

· Andy Sellers – Deputy director for London Enforcement, Serious Organised Crime Agency

· John Scott – Director of Drug-Free Sport , UK Sport

· John Steele – Chief executive , UK Sport

The Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said: “The formation of a new NADO will be a crucial development in the fight against drugs in sport.

“Members of the Project Board will play a vital role in shaping the structure of the NADO and ensuring that we have an organisation that is at the forefront of anti-doping.

“As well as people from the world of sport I am pleased that we also have representation from our enforcement agencies on the project board as we look to tackle the trafficking and supply of prohibited substances.

“We need to make sure that drug cheats and those involved in doping in sport have no place to hide.”

The project board will meet twice ahead of plans for the new NADO being presented to the Sports Minister in the spring.

During this time, at least one wider Stakeholder Forum will also take place, allowing all those likely to be impacted by the changes to find out more about the NADO and ensure all views are taken into account in its development.

John Scott, Director of Drug-Free Sport at UK Sport, said: “This project could not be more important – the future state of our anti-doping operations in this country depends on it being done properly.”


· The role of National Anti-Doping Organisation for the UK currently sits with UK Sport. It was announced in December 2007 that this role would be transferred to a newly created stand-alone agency

· Following the December announcement, the Government tasked UK Sport with pulling together a detailed proposal for the NADO which will be presented to Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe in the spring.

· The Project Board Members are responsible for specifying the needs of the stakeholders and the sporting community and the acceptance criteria for the delivery of the project. The Project Board Members are responsible for committing project resources and monitoring the delivered activities against acceptance criteria.

· The role of the Project Board is to:

· Ensure the desired outcome of the project is specified

· Ensure that progress towards the outcome of the project remains consistent with the project aims

· Promote and maintain focus on the desired project outcome

· Ensure that any resources required for the project are made available

· Approve Workstream plans activities that will affect the project directly

· Prioritise and contribute opinions for the Project Board decisions on whether to implement recommendations on proposed solutions

· Resolve requirements and priority conflicts

· Contribute to the provision of follow-on action recommendations (i.e. after the project is completed)

For further information please contact Russ Langley in the UK Sport Press Office on 020 7211 5108 / 07880 740772

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