Conduct and Complaints
The Panel has been set-up to investigate all legitimate complaints and code of conduct violations, and will ensure that each member of the BJA is afforded equal rights and guaranteed a fair and open process regarding complaints / disciplinary measures.
The Panel aim to process all official complaints and disciplinary cases in a timely, effective and transparent manner and will ensure that procedures are in place for all members to be given the opportunity to practice judo in a safe and fair environment.
Mr Keith Eldridge (Chairman)
Keith is now retired from the police force, and is working for the Metropolitan Police as a review officer, reviewing undetected homicides.
Mr David Etchells-Butler
David is a competitive 3rd Dan, and has been a member of the BJA Eastern Area Committee for several years. He is Chairman and Club Coach to various clubs, and is currently Secretary and Director of Examiners for the Eastern Area.
Mr Nick Fletcher
Nick is an investigator for HM Revenue and Customs. He is a 5th Dan a Senior club Coach and an Area Examiner.
Mr Dave Horton-Jones
Dave is a Senior Engineering Manager with over 30 years experience in judo both as a competitor and Area Committee member. He is a competitive 5 th Dan, former National Champion, Senior Club Coach Examiner and a member of the BJA National Promotions Commission.
Mr Samuel Williams
Mr Geoff Torrington
Mr Mick Hearn (Adjudication Pannel C&C)
Mick started Judo in January 1974, and now holds a competitive 3rd Dan. In 1981 he formed the successful Clacton Judo Club, and is now an acting senior coach within the club. He was a National class C referee, but due to his climb up the corporate ladder, and the commitment to his club, there was not enough time to pursue this side. As a senior manager for B.T. one of his key rolls is that of an accredited interviewer, of which these skills prove usefully working within complaints and conduct. He also served on the Lord Chancellors Advisory Panel interviewing prospective magistrates, and making recommendations to the Lord Chancellor. Another key function of this panel was to investigate complaints made against Magistrates, another synergy to work on the complaints and conduct panel.
Sara Hayes (Adjudication Pannel C&C)
Sara started Judo in 1972, and with intermittent breaks, going on to become a Club Coach, and holding a 1st Dan, has derived enormous pleasure from participating at club level (mostly in the Midlands) ever since. Outside of Judo she is a solicitor, and left her partnership after 8 years of high street practice. Since 1993 she has worked at the Law Society dealing with consumer complaints in various capacities, including Adjudication.