In order to make the selection of an appropriate third-party service provider to deliver SIRVS, the SIGA Council appointed a panel of three independent individuals as the jury, to have oversight of the conduct of the tender process.


Richard Caborn, Sports Consultant, Quest and Former Minister of Sport UK

As Britain’s longest serving sports minister and previously Minister for Trade and Industry, Richard was part of the team that won the hosting rights for the 2012 Olympic Games for London. As Sports Minister he helped to increase participation in physical activity and sport in schools. After a front-bench career spanning nearly two decades Richard left Government in July 2007 to become Gordon Brown’s Ambassador to the football World Cup, charged with trying to bring the tournament to England in 2018. He was instrumental in the formation of the UK Gambling Commission and the introduction of the UK Gambling Act 2015, as well as being involved in bringing the World Anti-Doping Code onto the statute books and is also a leading figure in the UK’s sports development sphere.

Statement from Richard Caborn on SIRVS:

“The SIGA Independent Rating and Verification system is the most important implementation tool that builds on the back of the SIGA Universal Standards.  The system should enable a credible, independent and robust mechanism to assess compliance with the SIGA Universal Standards, and should stand up to public scrutiny.  To this end, we look forward to working with best-in-class service provider to help deliver on this ambitious vision.”

Pedro Machado, Head of Legal Department, Bank of Portugal

Pedro is Director Legal Services and Chief Legal Counsel at Banco de Portugal. He has been working for more than 16 years in financial regulation and banking supervision and held several senior positions, notably Deputy Director of the Prudential Supervision Department of Banco de Portugal and Chief of Staff of the Minister for Finance. He has also been FS Risk & Regulation Partner with PwC Portugal during which period he lead the financial services advisory practice on internal governance and risk management. In the field of sports, Pedro has integrated the management board of C.F. “Os Belenenses” in 2008-09 and has been a member to its general council until 2016.


Statement from Pedro:

“Sport is undergoing serious challenges which, if not properly and proactively addressed, risk hampering its values. For sport to continue being one of the powerful drivers of humanity it has to be steered with integrity. SIGA represents a truly unique endeavour to address such a concern. It brings together a diversified array of actors bound by the commitment to contribute to preserving and, in some instances, to restore sports integrity. In order to accomplish its mission, it is of the essence that SIGA disposes of tools which enable a meaningful and effective implementation of its integrity standards. The launch of the SIRVS tender procedure represents a milestone in SIGA’s ambitious undertaking”.

Frederic Thiry, Senior Vice President Business Ethics, ADIT

Frédéric Thiry is a senior corporate counsel with international expertise in brand protection, compliance and litigation. Frederic has over 20 years of experience in leading cross-cultural teams of legal counsels, consultants and investigators to address anti-fraud and compliance issues, developing compliance policies and related trainings for company personnel and consultants.

Frédéric currently works as the Senior Vice President Business Ethics & Compliance at ADIT, a leader in the Strategic Analysis sector, where he assists multinationals and SMEs in implementing global compliance and anti-fraud programs, including risk assessments, anti-corruption policy and procedure design and testing, designing anti-fraud and business ethics training and education.

Statement from Frédéric 

More than the endless set of rules that they are often portrayed as, integrity, transparency and compliance are a state of mind. In today’s world, these cardinal values must be part of the DNA of any organization, particularly sport ones. The launch of SIGA’s SIRVS is the best opportunity for sport organizations to demonstrate that they are up to the challenge and in tune with public expectations.