Kirsty Burrows, Senior Manager, leads the IOC’s newly established Safe Sport Unit which encompasses the fields of safeguarding and mental health. This role is supported by the simultaneous undertaking her PhD on safeguarding and integrity in sport with Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK.
Prior to her position with the IOC, Kirsty was Managing Director of Sports Right Solutions and expert safeguarding consultant to a number of international sports organisations including the IOC and the International Cricket Council. Her work has placed her at the forefront of development of strategies and tools to embed holistic approaches to athlete welfare across the world of sport including as author of the IOC Safeguarding Toolkit (2017) and co-author of the IOC Mental Health in Elite Athletes Toolkit (2021). Kirsty is also an academic director of the IOC Certificate: Safeguarding Officer in Sport Programmme a member of the Council of Europe’s Pool of European Experts in Sport, and (her favourite role) Mum to a fast-moving toddler.