Disciplinary Panel Members - Safeguarding

Dr Charles Godden

Charles joined the RFU Disciplinary and Safeguarding Panel in 2016.
He was a Consultant Paediatrician in Guildford for 21 years and prior to this had experience working in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

David Lidbury

David is a Discipline Panel Member and practices as a Barrister in the South West. He played rugby as an amateur for nearly 20 years.

Debbie Nicholson

Debbie was appointed to the RFU Safeguarding Panel in 2016. She is a practising lawyer in the field of regulation and professional discipline with a professional interest in safeguarding.

HHJ Adrienne Lucking QC

Adrienne Lucking QC is a Circuit Judge who has been a member of the Panel since 2013 and the Safeguarding panel. She comes from a family steeped in rugby for 3 generations.

HHJ Sean Enright

Charles joined the RFU Disciplinary and Safeguarding Panel in 2016.
Panel chair since 2009.

Jane Bickerstaff QC

Jane is a Chairperson RFU Safeguarding Panel and a member of the RFU Discipline Panel. She is a member of the criminal bar and has been practising for 27 years. She both prosecutes and defends and has particular experience in matters involving sexual offences and young or vulnerable witnesses.

John Loughton

Player, referee, coach and administrator at schools, club and county level. John is a past member of the RFU Council (1995 to 2001), former Secondary Head and current Justice of the Peace.

Leon Pickering

Leon is a barrister and played school and club rugby as a junior in Norfolk before playing several other contact sports at university. He sits on the RFU London and Safeguarding panels as well as in Surrey.

David Lidbury

David is a Discipline Panel Member and practices as a Barrister in the South West. He played rugby as an amateur for nearly 20 years.

Les Vernon

Judicial Officer 1991 Joined Leics Rugby Union. Holding a number of Disciplinary positions in the Community Game. Club Panel ,CBYDS , CB Panel , RFU Panel , Judicial Officer.

Liz Redfern

Liz Redfern CBE had a long career in the NHS, retiring as Deputy Chief Nurse for England in 2014. She regularly held leadership roles for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and led enquiries into allegations of abuse.  She lives in Devon and holds Safeguarding roles for two local charities.

Mike Hamlin

Mike is a former player (Hooker for 26 years) and Referee for 19 years (RFU Panel Referee for 13 years and officiated in 9 different countries). Since 2005 he has been chairing RFU disciplinary and appeal panels; he is also a judicial officer and chairman for World Rugby, Six Nations and EPCR and also acts as a Match Commissioner for Rugby Europe. In addition he is currently a timekeeper for the Premiership and internationals and is Chairman of Manchester and District RURS. He is a retired Solicitor but still sits part time as a Judge and has done since 1995

Richard Mann

Richard Mann joined the RFU Safeguarding Appeals Panel in 2016.
Throughout his working career he has been involved with criminal intelligence, investigations, public protection and safeguarding

Laura Wakefield

Laura is a Student Union Adviser and Advocate at and deals with all aspects of student life including disciplinary and fitness to practice issues, academic appeals and welfare support.
She has been actively involved with the organisation of rugby at club level for over 30 years, is a member of the Essex CB Disciplinary Panel, the RFU Judiciary, and the RFU Safeguarding Panel.
Her main club is Runwell Wyverns, and she is also a member of Rochford Hundred.   

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