SGSA Welcomes New Board Members

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) has welcomed two new members to its Board – Dame Jil Matheson and Jane Sawyers QPM.

Dame Jil Matheson served as the National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority from 2009 until her retirement in 2014.  She is a Trustee of NatCen Social Research, and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Jane Sawyers is the former Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, before her retirement in 2017.  She is a visiting Professor at Staffordshire University, as well as a Trustee of the Police Arboretum Memorial.

Alan Coppin, Chair of the SGSA said: “The appointments of Jil and Jane are great news for the SGSA.  They both bring a huge amount of experience and knowledge which will help drive the organisation forward in the coming years.”

Alongside the new appointments, two current Board members have had their terms extended for three years.  David McKinnon and Philip Kolvin QC.

David is Regional Head of Operations for Jockey Club Racecourses South West Region, incorporating Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton racecourses and has successfully delivered a £45million development at Cheltenham racecourse.

Philip is Head of Cornerstone Barristers specialising in licensing, planning, property and regulatory law and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2009 and a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2018.

Alan Coppin continued: “The confirmation that David and Philip will be continuing with the SGSA for a further three-year term is welcome news.

“The importance of sports grounds safety remains a critical issue as the nature and scale of issues affecting sports grounds is changing. The Board plays an essential role in providing robust governance and strategic oversight.”

All of the three-year appointments were made by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP.