Appointment of adviser on concussion in Sport

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written statement – made on 20th July 2021.

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Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

I wish to inform the House that the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Laurence Geller CBE as a Ministerial adviser on concussion in sport.

Mr Geller is a leading expert in dementia care and is a pioneer in bringing the latest research and technology to bespoke dementia care facilities. He has a background in the business, hospitality and charity sectors.

The Secretary of State and I have made the issue of concussion in sport a priority. Mr Geller is an advocate on improving the safety of players across a wide range of contact sports and attended the two ministerial roundtables held on the subject earlier this year (attended by players and the National Governing Bodies of sport).

Mr Geller will work with DCMS officials to improve understanding of head injuries in sport and coordinate action to address it. Mr Geller’s experience in this area will be invaluable in increasing safety standards in sport to the benefit of individual players and sport as a whole.

This role is not remunerated.