The FIH announced today that Gordon Nurse has been appointed to the new position of Disciplinary Commissioner.The position is part of the new FIH Statutes and Bye-Laws, which take effect on January 1, 2013.
It is envisioned that the Disciplinary Commissioner will handle any disciplinary offences that are not committed on the field of play. Covered in this realm would include breaches of the FIH Statutes and Bye-laws, breaches of Tournament Regulations, FIH Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, Breaches of the Anti-doping Regulations and any other matters referred by the FIH CEO.
Gordon will be responsible for investigating, arranging any hearings or calling for any representations, adjudicating and reporting his decisions to the FIH CEO.
Gordon was a natural choice for the position with both a strong background in law and hockey. Since 2009, he has served as Secretary to the FIH Judicial Commission. On the national level, Gordon has been the Chairman for the England Hockey Appeal Panel since 2005 and the Chairman of the England Hockey Constitution and Regulations Committee since 2004. He played international hockey between 1973 and 1982 and has continued active in the sport, umpiring regularly at regional level.
Professionally, Gordon has been a Deputy Master in the Chancery Division of the High Court in England since 2002 and is a Barrister and member of Radcliffe Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn.
“Gordon is a perfect fit for this new role,” said FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather. “He brings not only an impressive background in law, but also relevant day-to-day work with the hockey appeals process, which will be critical to the success of the Disciplinary Commissioner.”
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