Sensei Jill Kelly (6th Dan) – Safeguarding officer
Jill has been the voluntary Safeguarding Officer for the KUGB for over 30 years, she is a 6th Dan and a KUGB Long Standing Member. The work of the Safeguarding Officer also involves protecting instructors from any false allegations.
Jill has represented the KUGB for many years at the Child Protection in Sport Unit run by the NSPCC in London, and later the Martial Arts Safeguarding Group which is overseen by Sport England, meeting many people at their meetings – working towards improving Safeguarding in the Martial Arts.
Safeguarding is considered a very important part of the KUGB and indeed many major sporting organisations have realised its importance in recent years, and improved their practices. The KUGB are constantly keeping up-to-date as things change in this demanding and complex side of our karate Organisation.
Sensei ROB MANNING (6th Dan) – ViCE CHAIR
Rob was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1992. He practised as a criminal barrister on the Midlands circuit, prosecuting and defending in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Recently retired he now trains criminal barristers in litigation, evidence and advocacy on a consultancy basis.
Sensei CHRIS JONES (4th Dan) – WELFARE OFFICER
Chris is a designated safeguarding lead in a large secondary school and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of safeguarding and child protection. In addition to providing training, advice and support to other staff on safeguarding and child protection matters, Chris works closely with a number of external agencies, including social services, health, police and Local Authority Designated Officers.
Chris has worked with the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts in order for the KUGB to achieve the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts “mark”. The Safeguarding Code has been developed in close consultation between Sport England, representatives from martial arts governing bodies as well as support from the Child Protection in Sport Unit and the Ann Craft Trust.
Through achieving the mark, it demonstrates the KUGB is committed to high standards in safeguarding its members and remains a priority within the organisation.