The Board

Janie Frampton

Janie was an International football referee and has a background in education. She has worked closely with many National Governing Body (NGB’s) and is a Director of Sports Officials UK Ltd. Janie holds many roles within sport and industry including Vice-president of an international sports body and director on several board positions. All these things combined make Janie unique in her field. She understands the techniques for effective learning; she has experience in practical and theoretical training, and she is knowledgeable on how to get the best out of a team. She is passionate about all things connected to the development of people and strives to get the very best out of individuals helping them to reach their own potential.

Kevin Carpenter

Kevin is an internationally renowned sports lawyer specialising in integrity, governance and compliance matters. During the past decade, he has worked for and with a range of stakeholders in sport including international federations, national governing bodies, clubs, players’ unions, inter-governmental organisations and other interested public bodies. He advises a variety of sports organisations on a range of governance matters, is a tutor for the ‘Mastering Governance, Finance and Compliance’ unit for Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) Master of Sport Directorship (MSD) executive education postgraduate programme, and is co-author of the Chartered Governance Institute’s (UK & Ireland) ‘Sports Governance Handbook’. He joined the board of SOUK as a non-executive director in September 2015. In terms of his background in sports officiating, Kevin was a football referee at the semi-professional level, as well as a referee tutor and mentor, for almost 7 years, and then requalified in September 2014 to become a rugby union referee officiating at the amateur level.

Philip Howcroft

In-line with best practice governance in the UK Philip was appointed as SOUK’s Independent Director in 2019.

Philip has a background in Financial Services having occupied a series of senior Executive and Non-Executive roles in Financial Mutuals including posts as a CEO, Company Secretary, Non-Executive Director and Chairmanship of a Trade Association.

In his career Philip focused on strategic development and governance. He successfully redefined the purpose of a 200 year-old mutual and led the Committee responsible for implementing a Corporate Governance Code throughout the Friendly Society movement.

Late in his career Philip moved away from Financial Mutuals taking on the role of Governance and Compliance Officer with England Athletics at a time when the 2016 Code for Sports Governance was being introduced.

Given his previous experience Philip is also the company’s Company Secretary and Treasurer.