Cook to leave FIFA but will keep focus on abuse in sport with new agency advisory role

April 21 – FIFA’s Chief Social Responsibility and Education Officer, Joyce Cook, is leaving the role and returning to the UK to concentrate on tackling abuse in sport.

Following a distinguished career championing equality, Cook joined FIFA in November 2016, initially as Chief Member Associations Officer. In September 2019, she was appointed as FIFA’s first-ever Chief Social Responsibility and Education Officer.

“I have been proud to play my small part in FIFA’s reforms, working with talented, passionate and dedicated friends and colleagues across the organisation,” said Cook.

“Taking the chance to reflect on FIFA’s achievements since 2016, I am proud of the significant steps we have taken to date to ensure that both children and adults at risk are safeguarded and protected from harassment and abuse across the game.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura added: “On behalf of FIFA, I would like to thank Joyce for her unbridled commitment, passion and dedication over the past five and a half years. Joyce leaves a legacy of far-reaching and long-lasting sustainable diversity and inclusion reforms that are firmly enshrined. I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role and wish her well in her future endeavours.”

FIFA said Cook will conclude her current position in Zurich on April 30 before taking up an advisory role to oversee FIFA’s efforts in establishing an independent, multisport, multi-agency international entity to investigate abuse cases in sport.

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