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Facilitators for 2017

WSLA will be led and facilitated by experts on women and sport leadership. Each has a range of experience in various contexts of sport all over the world.

Programme Leaders

Pauline Harrison
Co-founder of FAB, Pauline is a coach and consultant specialising in executive coaching, strategy development, leadership development, workforce training including reviews of governance, modernisation and embedding sport performance coaching skills in companies such as Morrisons. She has over 20 years’ experience working in NGBs including Chief Executive at England Netball and has held a number of non-executive positions on boards.

Pauline has played a significant role in championing change for women domestically and internationally, advocating for and leading programmes aiming to improve opportunities for women especially in the leadership domain. Pauline is supporting Sport Wales to deliver their Women in Leadership programme and sportscotland to deliver their leadership training for national governing bodies of sport’s CEOs, Chairs and Future Leaders; she holds the IOD Company Director Diploma and is an NLP Practitioner.

Lucy Faulkner
Co-founder of FAB, Lucy has over 20 years of experience working with and for national governing bodies of sport and organisations in the public sector in a range of leadership roles including ten years with The English Football Association as Equality Manager.

Lucy specialises in executive coaching as well as her inspirational work with national governing bodies of sport with regards to equality and diversity; she is Chair of Kick it Out’s (KIO) Professional Game Guidance Group (KIO is English football’s equality and inclusion campaign) and Chair of Hampshire FA's Inclusion Advisory Group. 

She has supported Sport Wales to deliver their Women in Leadership programme and sportscotland to deliver their leadership training for national governing bodies of sport’s CEOs, Chairs and Future Leaders; she has a Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring, is an NLP Practitioner, a Time to Think Coach and is a European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) member.


Dr Anita White OBE has wide-ranging experience of sport: an an international player and coach; sports administration; researching, writing and speaking on sport; and, as an advocate for equality in sport in national and international circles.

She is an acknowledged leader in the international Women and Sport movement. As a founder member and former Chair of the Women's Sport Foundation (UK), she was responsible for the staging of the first international conference on Women and Sport in 1994, this conference resulted in the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport that now has world-wide currency. Anita co-chaired the International Working Group on Women and Sport from 1994 to 1998. 

Since 2000, Anita has worked as an independent consultant in the field of national and international sport policy and sports development and advises many countries and organisations. She was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to women and sport.

Lead Facilitators

Barbara Daniels
Barbara's sporting background is in cricket, having represented England from 1993-2000 and was part of a World Cup winning team in 1993.

In 1996 she became Executive Director of the Women’s Cricket Association and led the merger that enabled women’s cricket to become part of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Barbara was one of the first women to gain the ECB Level 4 coaching qualification and was Head Coach of the England Women’s Academy for three years.

As an independent coach education consultant she has been at the forefront of developing coach education programmes for cricket and other sports in the UK. For the last eight years she has been working with the ICECP (International Coaches Enrichment Certificate Program) mentoring coaches from all over the world, with a particular focus on supporting female coaches. She is currently working with the PGA (Professional Golf Association) delivering their Level 3 coaching programme and studying for an MPhil to PhD, her research is on coach learning and reflective practice.

Lombe Mwambwa 

Lombe has been involved with sport for development since 2004, serving as the General Secretary for the National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) and Board Chair of the Sport for Social Change Network in Southern Africa

She has a keen interest in research, policy reforms, media monitoring and advocacy programmes in sport and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Chichester investigating the experiences of women sport leaders in southern Africa. 

Her key research interests are in harassment and abuse of women in sport, women’s right to sport and media coverage. She is an Anita White Foundation Scholar and VitalVoices Lead Fellow.