Top lawyer joins international sports organisation’s vetting panel

Dan Mackinnon brings extensive sports-governance experience to bear in the role

Top lawyer joins international sports organisation’s vetting panel
Dan Mackinnon, the managing partner of SBM Legal, has been appointed to the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Vetting Panel.

The formation of the IAAF’s first vetting panel is a key part of reforms it approved last December, the organization said. The panellists, who are required to be independent of the IAAF, will screen applicants and candidates for appointments to official positions.

A total of 37 people were consulted to finalise the appointment of Mackinnon and two other panellists. The panel is being led by chair Akere Muna, the independent sanctions commissioner of the Africa Development Bank Group and chair of the International Anti-Corruption Conference. Mark Pieth, professor of criminal law and the founder and chair of the Basel Institute of Governance in Switzerland, is also a member of the Panel.

In addition to being managing partner of employment law specialist SBM in Auckland, Mackinnon has extensive experience working in the governance of different sports, including rugby union, rugby league, cricket, and netball. He also currently chairs several appointment panels in sport, the IAAF said.

Before SBM Legal, Mackinnon was principal of Mackinnon & Associates. He also spent a decade as a partner at Simpson Grierson, where he became head of litigation.


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