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Discipline Commission: Independent Panel Member Recruitment

East Riding FA are seeking volunteers to become independent members on their Football Disciplinary Commission panels.

We are looking for individuals to help ensure our Football Disciplinary Commission Panels are seen as independent and also diverse to better reflect the population in our County. Whether you are a coach, player, league official, club official, referee or simply a football fan with a passion for football governance, we would love to hear from you.

Discipline Commissions
A Discipline Commission is convened to consider all football Misconduct charges, whether the response to the charge is accepted or denied. A Misconduct Charge is issued where an incident is reported which does not fall under standard (red card) dismissal offences or is a serious offence.

For example, a participant can be charged with Misconduct following being sent from the field of play, but before doing so directs abusive/insulting comments towards a match official.

There are two main types of hearing:
1) Personal Hearing: Attended by the person charged together with witnesses for both the County FA and the person/Club charged.
2) Non-Personal Hearing: All evidence is presented to the Panel in paper/electronic format for the Commission to review; this is the most common type of hearing

Hearings provide an opportunity for all evidence to be reviewed and any witnesses to be questioned and their evidence considered. The Panel then make a decision, on the balance of probabilities, as to whether the charge is proven or not, and if proven what sanction should be imposed within FA guidelines.

Discipline panels consist of a Secretary, two panel members and a Chairman, each with slightly different roles and responsibilities. We appoint at least one independent panel member to each discipline panel, i.e. someone who has no other direct involvement with the County FA and is not a member of staff or a Council member.

How to Apply
To apply to become an Independent Discipline Panel member, please complete the application form below and return it by email to tina.edwards@eastridingfa.com no later than 5pm on Monday 1st July 2022. 

Selected candidates will be invited to attend a short, informal interview at: East Riding County FA, The Roy West Centre, 220 Inglemire Lane, Hull, HU6 7TS.

Those appointed must be prepared to attend at least one FA Discipline training  event each year, obtain a satisfactory DBS Criminal Records Check and maintain an in-date FA  Safeguarding Children qualification. A confidentiality agreement will also need to be signed.

Please note that whilst this is a voluntary role, reasonable travel expenses are paid.

Discipline Panel - Role Profile

Independent Panel Member - Key Responsibilities
To assist at Discipline Commissions in accordance with FA Disciplinary procedures
To assist the Chairman in the delivery of written judgements on cases as required by
FA regulations
Act as an advocate for East Riding FA, promoting a culture of respect;
 Champion inclusion and anti‚Äźdiscrimination across football
To ask relevant and effective questions of those in attendance at Hearings
To assist in the sanctioning of participants and clubs using FA discipline guidelines in conjunction with other panel members

Behaviours (Personal characteristics)
Ability to work collaboratively with others
Working knowledge of football judicial processes (training will be provided)
Strong interpersonal and influencing skills
Understanding of grassroots football
Patience and diplomacy
Tact and confidentiality
Confident communicator

East Riding FA promotes inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from  everyone. Application forms should be sent to Tina Edwards by email to: tina.edwards@eastridingfa.com or via post to: East Riding Football Association, The Roy West Centre, 220 Inglemire Lane, Hull, HU6 7TS

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role please call Tina Edwards on: 01482 221158 / 07951768516