Ethics Commission Members

Who are the Ethics Commission?

Our Ethics Commission is a completely independent body tasked with maintaining the highest standards of probity throughout the Commonwealth Sport Movement.  Independent means they are not linked to the CCF, any Commonwealth Games Association or Commonwealth Games Olympic Committee. At least four members of the Commission are required to have a legal background. The Commissioners all come from different countries and ideally there should be representation from each of the Commonwealth Regions.

The CGF Ethics Commission Appointment and Procedural Rules defines the Commission’s role and functioning.

Brian Speers
Chair
Dr Frank Fowlie
Deputy Chair
Tiago Carvalho
Beng Choo Low
Christopher Essilfie
Dr Jason Haynes
Sue Taylor AM

Brian Speers from Northern Ireland, 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 Northern Ireland he teaches Professional Conduct and Accounts to solicitors in training.

Dr. Fowlie is a Chartered Mediator, conflict resolver and Accredited Peace Professional who is recognised as a leading authority on Ombudsman evaluation and Online Dispute Resolution. He is a member of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board.

Dr. Fowlie is presently the Vice Chair with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, and served as a Director of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada from 2009 to 2015. He was a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport Mediation Roster for 6 years. He was also the Chef de Mission for the Individual Olympic Athletes from East Timor at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Tiago Carvalho is a lawyer, and a sports law university professor from Portugal, who currently is also a Member of the Board of Appeal of Classification and member of the Legal and Ethics Committee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and a Board Member of the Portuguese Paralympic Committee. 

Being Choo Low from Malaysia has a long-standing commitment to Commonwealth Sport, previously having served as Chair of the Federation Court at the Gold Coast 2018 Games. She is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator and currently serves as the Secretary-General of World Baseball Softball Confederation. 

Christopher Essilfie from Ghana has over thirty years of corporate, management consulting and sports management experience. He is currently the President of the Modern Pentathlon Association of Ghana and has previously served as Chef de Mission at Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and Chef de Mission at Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

Dr. Haynes is a sports lawyer from St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados, an arbitrator and Deputy Dean (Graduate Studies & Research) at the University of West Indies. Previously he was the Secretary General of Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean.

Sue Taylor is an Australian retired paralegal, who spent several decades as a volunteer Sport Administrator and is a former netball player, umpire and coach. She currently serves as Vice President of the International Netball Federation (INF). In 1999 Sue Taylor was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the sporting industry.

Sue Taylor is a long-time supporter of the Commonwealth Sport Movement, having previously served as a Board Member of both the CGF and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. In 2018, Sue Taylor was awarded the Order of Merit by the CGF for services to Commonwealth Sport.

Who is the Ethics Officer?

The Ethics Officer is Arantxa King from Bermuda, a two-time Olympian (Long Jump) and sports lawyer called to the New York Bar. The Ethics Officer is the person appointed to manage ethical and conduct cases.