Admissions & Ethics Committee

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Our Admissions & Ethics Committee

Our Mission
Review & Approve Star & Partner Applications Monitor & Act on Ratings Ensure a Win-Win Community

Meet Our Experts

It can be very hard for Professional Athletes and Entertainers to know who to trust in their industry and beyond.

We have assembled a committee of experts in a wide range of fields to review any applications to join the AxisStars Community to ensure that they are suitable and trusted.

Integrity underpins everything

The Experts

Sarah Solémalé

Law & Governance

Sarah Solémalé

Sarah is a lawyer from Paris. A graduate of Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne University in Business Law, of Shanghai Normal University in Chinese Law & Economics and the University of Zurich in International Sports Law. Since 2013, Sarah has been at Fédération Internationale Football-Association (FIFA) in Zurich. Starting in the Players’ Status Department as Legal Counsel in charge of transfers of players and contractual disputes between football stakeholders. She also represented FIFA before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in her capacity of litigator. Since 2018, Sarah has been in charge of governance-related matters, acting predominantly on the African continent to ensure the implementation of good governance principles for the betterment of the governance structure of FIFA member associations. Sarah is additionally lecturing in several sports law programs in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean region. Sarah is active in a number of associations promoting women in sports.

Ryan McMaster

Charity & Fundraising

Ryan McMaster

Ryan is currently based in Washington D.C. where he works for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In his role he manages foundation relationships with the governments of the United States, and Canada, in addition to the United Nations. He seeks to advance the foundations policy and advocacy objectives, and serves as an advisor to foundation leadership.
Prior to joining the Gates Foundation he worked as a management consultant based in Dubai, and London. In his work at the foundation, and through his individual capacity, Ryan is committed to accelerating social impact, and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Originally from Calgary, Canada, he received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the University of Manchester.

Matt Himsworth

Legal & Reputation

Matt Himsworth

Matt is founder of B5 Consultancy. Having spent more than 18 years working as a media lawyer, first at media law firm Schillings and then through his own law firm Himsworth Scott (formerly Himsworths Legal) he brings a wealth of experience in understanding digital communication, developing safe cultures and protecting reputation and privacy in sport and beyond. He has acted for some of the most celebrated names in sport and works as a trusted adviser to many top Premier League and Championship Football Clubs as well as player associations and other sports organisations and companies.

Dr Laura Chamberlain

Education & Business

Dr Laura Chamberlain

Dr Laura Chamberlain is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Warwick Business School (WBS) & Assistant Dean for all Postgraduate Taught Programmes including Business, Management & Finance.
She is passionate about Marketing Education & has won numerous awards for teaching excellence. Most recently, a University of Warwick Teaching Excellence Award in 2020 & Lecturer of the Year 2019 in the Education Awards.
She created the award winning Marketing Insight Series (MiS), a suite of events designed to bridge the worlds of academia & industry to shape & inspire future marketing leaders (the first programme of events of this kind in UK Higher Education).
Laura works with organisations as a consultant & is a keynote speaker. Laura’s research has been published in highly ranked international journals & was identified as one of ‘15 scientists tackling the world’s most pressing problems’ in the first edition of Eureka, the science supplement of The Times newspaper.

Kimberley Lasi

Sustainability & Environment

Kimberley Lasi

Kimberley Lasi is a sustainability consultant and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv, MIEMA) with experience across multiple sectors including aerospace, food, fashion and entertainment.
She is the owner and operator of Klasi Sustainability Ltd., an independent sustainability consultancy focused on strategic sustainability, implementation and communications.

David MacLennan

Finance & Investments

David MacLennan

David has over 9 years of Financial Services experience, the majority of which has been working for Credit Suisse in London and more recently in Geneva.
David is currently a Relationship Manager servicing HNW and UHNW Sub-Saharan African and UK Clients based in Geneva, Switzerland.
He is a Graduate from the University of Exeter where studied Politics and Ancient History.

Atlanta St John

Women's Sport

Atlanta St John

Atlanta is Head of Harlequins Women’s Rugby Programme, based in London, UK. She's a passionate advocate for Women’s Sports & the impact they make within society, particularly the inspiring role models found across the Women’s sporting landscape.
Harlequins is one of the most recognised Rugby Clubs around the world with professional Men & Women’s team who compete in their top respective leagues. Both teams feature a host of International players. Since the inception of the Women’s team in 2016, Harlequins have been a frontrunner on & off the pitch, reaching the Grand Final two seasons running & setting crowd attendance records for Women’s matches, including at its annual Women’s showcase match – The Game Changer.
Prior to Harlequins, Atlanta worked on major Global events including the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games & the 2015 Rugby World Cup. She studied History at undergraduate level before going on to complete a MA in Sports Business Management.

Danny Donachie

Health & Fitness

Danny Donachie

Danny is Director of Medical Services at Everton FC

Katie Simmonds

Integrity

Katie Simmonds

English Sports Lawyer Katie is Global Chief Operating Officer of SIGA, the world's largest coalition for sport integrity. Katie is a member of SIGA’s Executive Committee & reports to the CEO on all legal, commercial & partnership matters. She plays a key role in the coordination of the five SIGA Standing Committees that advise the CEO & Council, works closely with the early adopters of the SIGA Universal Standards, as well as provides legal & strategic advice on the development of the first ever independent assessment of sports organisations’ governance, the SIGA Independent Rating and Verification System, otherwise known as 'SIRVS'. Katie works with the CEO to expand SIGA's global membership. Katie leads the SIGA Global Female Mentorship Programme & regularly participates as an expert speaker in international conferences. Katie is passionate about sport and practices as often as she can.

Carly Barnes

Legal

Carly Barnes

Carly Barnes qualified as a solicitor and has a Master's degree in Sports Law. She has worked for some of the UK’s top law firms representing many high-profile stars across a range of sports and also in the music industry.

She is now CEO of Phoenix Sports & Media Group offering financial advice & education to professional athletes. PSMG is a member of the AxisStars Community and as part of our Partnership, Carly advises on & reviews applications to join from a legal perspective.

Gaëlle Breard

Legal

Gaëlle Breard

Gaëlle Breard graduated from the University of Paris XII in tax law and from the Paris Bar in 2011. Starting out in Parisian firms as a lawyer for large organisations, Gaëlle settled on the Côte d'Azur in 2015 where she developed her skills in the field of real estate and sports law.

She currently works in Monaco with an international clientele.

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