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Martial Arts Safeguarding Conference | Speakers






Jeremy Lemarchand is a Head of Children and Young People at Sport England. He started his career in local authority sports development before spending a decade in a National Governing Body of sport at The Lawn Tennis Association. For the last decade he has worked on multiple programmes in the Children and Young People Directorate at Sport England. He led the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy programme, Sportivate, which gave more than 900,000 children and young people opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity. Most recently, he has worked on the Secondary Teacher Training and Families Fund programmes, and is now working on raising awareness of safeguarding and providing training and development to the sport and physical activity sector.

Robert Simpson is Director for Safeguarding at the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA). He is a martial arts Instructor, Team GB Coach and International Referee. As a founding member of the Martial Arts Safeguarding Group, he has maintained a strong interest in the development of safeguarding in martial arts. As a career Civil Servant, his career spans Departments, Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies. He is a specialist in Programme Project Management, Risk Management, Financial Management and Continuous Improvement. Robert has been involved in the development of national safeguarding policy and has worked locally to promote safeguarding as a Parish Safeguarding Officer. He is currently the Programme Director for Relationships, Sex and Health Education at the Department for Education.

Jude Toasland is a Senior Consultant in the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU). The CPSU is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland. The CPSU works with the UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and other sports organisations to help children to minimise the risk of child abuse in sport. Jude joined the CPSU in 2009. She works with a wide variety of NGBs and Active Partnerships and leads for the Unit around safeguarding training, case management and martial arts. Jude has worked for the NSPCC since 2000, leading a specialist training and consultancy team and managing services that worked directly with young people and their families who had been affected by abuse. Jude is a qualified social worker and prior to joining the NSPCC worked in both the statutory and voluntary sector in the area of child protection.