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Our Admissions & Ethics Committee

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About

Our Mission.

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.

Sarah Solémalé
Law

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.

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.

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.

The klasi sustainability channel includes useful resources for anyone interested in learning about sustainable business, living a more environmentally conscious lifestyle or pursuing a career in the green economy.

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.

Dr Laura Chamberlain
Education

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.

David MacLennan
Finance & Investment

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.

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.

Danny Donachie
Health & Fitness

Danny Donachie

Danny is Director of Medical Services at Everton FC. Was Head of Medical Services at the club for four-and-a-half years before departing at the end of 2014. Returned in this new role in July 2018, having been Head of Medical and Sport Science at Aston Villa since November 2016.

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.

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.

Charlotte Harris
Integrity

Charlotte Harris

Charlotte qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte and has been a Music & Entertainment Partner at Harris & Trotter LLP for over 10 years.

The firm was set up by her grandfather over 80 years ago and she is proud to be the third generation at the firm. Harris & Trotter LLP were nominated for Accounting Firm of the Year in 2020 by Music Week.