The Jersey Cricket Board's Welfare Officer, Nikki Holmes, has been appointed to the International Cricket Council's new Safeguarding Group. The Group, drawn from safeguarding specialists with legal, offender management and/or sport administration backgrounds, has been formed to consider referrals for prohibited conduct in connection with ICC events such as the Cricket World Cup, Test Championship Finals, Under 19 World Cup and other ICC-sanctioned events, including qualifying competitions.

Prohibited conduct is behaviour that harms the welfare of participants, including children and vulnerable adults. Nikki joins other five other representatives from Pakistan, Scotland, Gibraltar, Malta and Australia.

Nikki was previously Jersey Cricket's Board Secretary and was instrumental in the JCB winning two ICC awards – a European marketing award and a global ‘Spirit of Cricket Award' for a project with young offenders at HMP La Moye. She was also recognised by the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board for her outstanding contribution to sport safeguarding in Jersey.

Nikki said: ‘I am delighted to have been invited to join the ICC's Safeguarding Group. The profile of sport safeguarding has been raised significantly over the past few years, in particular in the light of the FA abuse enquiry and the conviction of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. We must continue to be vigilant against those who seek to do harm to others and sport must play an active part in efforts to safeguard all participants at all levels.”

Chris Minty, CEO of Jersey Cricket said: "The Jersey Cricket Board is delighted with Nikki's appointment to the ICC's Safeguarding Group. Nikki has done some excellent work for the Jersey Cricket Board and to be honoured in this way speaks volumes for the quality of her contribution to safeguarding."

Nikki is currently researching global efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults in sport as part of a Masters in Sports Law. Any coach, welfare officer or committee member of any Jersey sports club or association (not just cricket) is invited to complete a short survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/BY6KZ76 or email nikkstercricket@gmail.com for further information.