Annamarie Phelps CBE (Chair): Chairman of British Rowing, Vice-Chair of the British Olympic Association, Trustee of the British Paralympic Association, rowing world champion and Olympian.
Stuart Lancaster: Senior Coach at Leinster Rugby, former Head Coach of England and the RFU’s Elite Rugby Director, and former rugby player.
John Mehrzad: Barrister at Littleton Chambers specialised in sports, employment and commercial law, and independent Chairman of the FA determining misconduct charges involving alleged acts of discrimination.
Annie Panter: Olympic hockey medallist, member of International Hockey Federation, co-Chair of Athletes’ Commission, Member of UK Sports’ Mission 2016/18 Panel.
Jude Kelly CBE: Artistic Director of Southbank Centre and member of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
The Panel was jointly commissioned by UK Sport and British Cycling. The Commissioning Board was comprised of:
Liz Nicholl CBE, Chief Executive of UK Sport.
Marion Lauder MBE, Independent Director of British Cycling.
The Panel was given a broad remit to investigate the culture and climate within British Cycling’s World Class Programme following allegations made by Jess Varnish about former Technical Director, Shane Sutton. The Panel was not tasked with determining the grievance raised by Jess Varnish or any anti-doping issues, which were matters for British Cycling and UK Anti-Doping respectively.
The Panel was given absolute discretion to identify its period of reference and methods of investigation. The period looked at closely was the 2012-16 Olympiad, albeit with reference to some earlier events. The Panel’s investigations lasted about 6-months. There were 108 written contributions and 44 interviews took place.
In summary, whilst the Report recognises the resounding success of British Cycling’s World Class Programme from a pure medal-perspective, it also finds that:
There are 5 key recommendations:
This commentary was written by Joseph Bryan