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Policies & Procedures

In this section you will find policies and procedures relating to British Canoeing.

Disciplinary, Dispute and Appeal Regulations

Unfortunately, disputes, complaints and unacceptable behaviour can occur within any sport. British Canoeing is committed to ensuring that transparent procedures are in place to ensure that where such issues do arise, action is fair and carried out expeditiously and in a consistent manner. The  Disciplinary, Dispute and Appeal Regulations provide a framework to enable disciplinary, dispute and appeal matters to be managed effectively within British Canoeing and are available below.

Disputes, Disciplinary, and Appeal Panel Members

The following persons listed in Alphabetical Order have been appointed to the Disputes, Disciplinary, and Appeal Panel following an open and transparent recruitment process.

When the new Regulations were implemented in February 2019, a new post of Chair of Disputes and Disciplinary was created with the role being tasked with working closely with the Governance team to ensure more effective and timely resolution of appeals, disputes and disciplinary matters. Following a three year period as Chair, Kevin Carpenter stood down in April 2022 and James Armstrong-Holmes, an experienced Barrister, has been appointed as Interim Chair pending a full recruitment process to find a permanent Chair. 

All members of the Panel, including the Chair are volunteers who have significant skills and expertise. They will be called upon as and when required. 

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James Armstrong-Holmes, Barrister at the 36 Group, London. As a specialist criminal barrister he is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in serious and complex criminal matters. (Interim Chair)

David Belbin, Chartered Accountant, active club canoeist, former member of BC Wild Water Racing committee and of the BC board for over 10 years.

Matthew Bourne, Police Detective specialising in serious and complex crime.

Mark Blatchly, ex Deputy Headteacher and long standing coach, competitor and committee member at Nottingham Kayak Club with a wealth of experience a professional and club perspective.

Neil Diamond, Solicitor.  Specialises in regulatory law, and prior to qualifying as a solicitor was the Head of Investigation at a national regulator.

Gavin Dingley, Barrister and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. A public law and regulatory specialist with experience representing professionals before disciplinary tribunals and sporting bodies.

Gareth Graham, Barrister, specialising in sports law and employment law who regularly sits on disciplinary panels for a range of sports.

Andy Grudzinski, Solicitor.  Specialist construction lawyer with over 10 years' volunteer experience as a Canoe Slalom technical official and a member of the British Canoeing Slalom Committee.

Jamie Johnston, Barrister specialising in commercial and property law. Formerly a personal trainer and a sports coach with over 20 years' experience.

David Keenan, Solicitor, sports lawyer who regularly represents athletes, agents and clubs in respect of commercial matters and disputes.

Simon McCann, Barrister and Arbitrator.  Sports, regulatory and insurance law specialist, with 23 years of experience in these sectors.

Steve Moule, Chelmsford Canoe Club Racing Coach and Welfare Lead, Metropolitan Police Officer.

Dr Leanne O'Leary, Dual qualified Solicitor (currently non-practising), Adjudicator, Panel Member for Sports Resolutions (UK), Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, with over 18 years' experience in dispute resolution, employment law and sports law.

Amanda Orchard, senior marketing and communications specialist for over 20 years and sit on Cambridgeshire bench as a general crime magistrate.

Mark Scott, Dispute Resolution Associate at Hansells Solicitors. A lawyer with over 25 years’ experience specialising in contract, land and regulatory disputes. Holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law and Practice from De Montfort University

Adam Taylor, Barrister at Crown Office Chambers specialising in disciplinary, regulatory, anti-doping, commercial and personal injury disputes for high-profile sports sector clients.

Siobhan Walsh, Legal Executive specialising in clinical negligence. A member of the Rugby Football Union Anti-Doping and later Judicial Panel since 2013.

Colin Woodgate, long -standing paddler and competitor in national and international competition and events and now an international slalom judge and part of the British, ECA and ICF slalom committees.

Cathy Wynne, Volunteer swimming and canoe sprint national judge/official for many years before, 15 years ago qualifying as an International Canoe Federation, International Technical Official for canoe sprint.

Paula Volkmer, Senior Employment Solicitor - magic circle trained with over 10 years experience as a specialist employment lawyer with extensive experience in complex employment issues including dealing with numerous discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims. Member of ELA.

Governance Policy

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Complaints Procedure

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Whistleblowing Policy

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Anti-Bribery and Gift policy

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Policy and Procedure Review Schedule

A list of British Canoeing’s Policies and Procedures can be found on the below Policy and Procedure Review Schedule which also includes links to each Policy or Procedure and confirms when they will next be reviewed.