Introducing Joanne Pell – Our New Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager

Joanne Pell Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager

I am excited to start as a Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager for the Ann Craft Trust, a role funded by Sport England.

My background and experience lie within Adult Social Care, where I have worked in learning disability services, mental health services and training/personal development within the statutory sector. For the last 19 years, I have worked in Safeguarding Adults, with 10 years acting as the Strategic Lead of Adult Safeguarding within a large Local Authority.

I am currently self-employed as a Safeguarding Adults Consultant and have provided advice, training and guidance to LSAB’s and their partners in a number of different local authorities across the country, as well as providing consultation and support to private and third sector organisations in the development of safeguarding adults policy, procedures and processes.

I’ve been involved in a number of regional and national safeguarding initiatives including working with ADASS and the Ann Craft Trust in the development of the document: ‘Safeguarding Adults:  a national framework of standards for good practice and outcomes in adult protection work’. Find it here.

I have a genuine passion, energy and commitment to safeguarding and how it can positively impact on people’s lives. I look forward to bringing my experience of safeguarding to the world of sport and strongly believe in creating a safe, accessible and inclusive culture so that everyone can enjoy sport and activity at any level.

Growing up in Canada, I was involved in a variety of sports including softball, figure skating, skiing and curling, to name a few. Since moving to England, I have learned to love football, cricket and rugby – mostly as a spectator! I currently enjoy hill walking in the beautiful Lake District, as well as yoga and keeping fit.

I am looking forward to continuing the excellent work ACT does within the sport and activity sector and I look forward to meeting everyone I will be working with over the coming months.