Introducing Emma Gibson, Head of Safeguarding Adults in Sport

Emma Gibson has recently joined the Ann Craft Trust as Head of Safeguarding Adults in Sport.  Prior to this appointment she was the safeguarding lead for Badminton England for nearly 10 years.

As a former safeguarding children tutor, she has also held safeguarding and volunteer management roles in two other sport governing bodies. She also worked in disability sports development for the Activity Alliance, when it was called the English Federation of Disability Sport.

Emma has always been a keen advocate for safeguarding adults in sport, being a founder member of the Safeguarding Adults In Sport Group.

She is happy to join The Ann Craft Trust and is pleased to see the progress of the sport side of the charity in a relatively short space of time:

It is pleasing to see just how much the sport team has grown in the last six years. I remember when Nicola Dean was first appointed and look where we are now!

We have officers in place looking after NGBs and Active Partnerships as well as a designated role working directly with sports and activities with no recognised sport governing bodies. We also have administrative and marketing support and a part time post supporting sport organisations in Wales.

I am particularly pleased to see the development and recent improvements to the online safeguarding adults in sport framework and a number of organisations are now working through it, or have completed the process.

It is a really exciting time to be joining the ACT Sport team. Requests for help are coming in thick and fast and after some years of supporting from the sidelines I am thrilled to be able to directly play my part and contribute to a safer sporting environment for all adults.