NORTHERN IRELAND SOLICIOR TO CHAIR COMMONWEALTH GAMES FEDERATION'S NEW ETHICS COMMISSION
In keeping with the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) strategic priorities to ensure transparency, integrity and good governance at every level, the Federation has announced the formation of its new Ethics Commission with the first three members appointed.
Following on from the adoption of a comprehensive Code of Ethics and Conduct, the CGF Ethics Commission is a completely independent body tasked with maintaining the highest standards of probity throughout the Commonwealth Sport Movement.
The Commission will be Chaired by Brian Speers of Northern Ireland with Canada’s Dr Frank Fowlie named as Deputy Chair and Australia’s Sue Taylor AM appointed as an independent member. Speers and Taylor have been appointed for four-year terms through to March 2025 with Dr Fowlie appointed for a two-year term to March 2023 for rotation purposes. Members of the Ethics Commission may be reappointed for one further term not exceeding four years. The CGF Executive Board will continue its Commonwealth-wide recruitment to appoint additional members of the Ethics Commission.
Speers, who is the Treasurer and former President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, practices as a solicitor in Belfast where he is managing partner of CMG Cunningham Dickey Solicitors.
In April 2019 he was elected as President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA). He has represented the CLA throughout the Commonwealth and has spoken regularly on a range of rule of law and human rights issues, legal profession independence, anti-corruption measures, disputes resolution, governance and access to justice.
Speers is Chair of the Law Society Mediation Service administered by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and is one of the most experienced legal mediators in Northern Ireland. A former Chair of the Education Committee of the Law Society of NI, he teaches Professional Conduct and Accounts to solicitors in training.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE:
‘I am delighted we have been able to appoint three individuals of such gravitas to lead our new Ethics Commission. They will provide exceptional leadership as the Commission takes on a vital role to uphold the organisation's commitment to integrity, governance and transparency. On behalf of the CGF Executive Board, I congratulate Brian, Frank and Sue on their appointments.’
CGF Ethics Commission Chair Brian Speers:
“I am deeply honoured to have been appointed to Chair the Ethics Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation. I am humbled that Northern Ireland is represented in this important role. The Commission will operate independently in its work to uphold the values of integrity and good governance throughout Commonwealth Sport. I look forward to developing the Ethics Commission along with the other Commissioners also appointed”
Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland Chair, Robert McVeigh:
‘Congratulations to Brian on his appointment. With his expertise and experience, he will undoubtedly make a valuable contribution towards achieving the objectives of this key Commission. Brian’s appointment is yet another example of the role that Northern Ireland plays on the international stage and within the Commonwealth Sport Movement. We look forward to offering our support in the interest of integrity and good governance in sport.’