England Hockey AGM appointments

Following the AGM on 18 March, England Hockey can announce new appointments to its Board, below.

The England Hockey Board is chaired by a (appointed) Non-Executive Chairman and currently comprises five Executive Directors and five member-elected Non-Executive Directors (NEDs). The role of the Non-Executive Directors is to support the Chairman and CEO in shaping England Hockey’s strategic plan and constructively challenging the Executive Team at Board meetings to ensure effective operational delivery. It is intended to change the Non-Executive Director mix to a maximum three membership-elected and three independently appointed NEDs over the course of the next three years. Appointment of the first Independent NED took place at this year’s AGM as one of the membership elected NEDs retires.

Following three terms as a membership elected Non-Executive Director, Ben Rea has retired from his position on the England Hockey Board. Ben has a distinguished record within the hockey community at many levels. He has held and continues to hold roles with Wimbledon Hockey Club, the Surrey Hockey Association, The National Hockey Foundation and Masters Hockey at International level. At national level he was deeply involved with the old HA/EHA and stepped into the breach when England Hockey was initially set up in 2002/03. He has been an excellent, committed and diligent Board Member and we extend our thanks and appreciation for his services over the past nine years. Ben was presented with farewell gifts by Chairman Philip Kimberley.


England Hockey Chairman Philip Kimberley had the pleasure of announcing the following appointments and elections at the AGM:

Katy Roberts has been re-elected for her second term as a membership elected Non-executive Director. Katy represented England at all junior levels and gained 41 senior England and GB Caps. Katy graduated from Cambridge in 1999 and pursued a career in legal practice. Katy is now a qualified solicitor, currently employed in the legal team of a global investment bank and has considerable experience of working in commercial environments.

Liz Pelling has been elected to her first term as Vice-President. Liz has a long and distinguished voluntary background in hockey having been involved with Essex Hockey, East Hockey and the National Programme Umpires Association. She has played an integral role in the development of a number of young umpires – some of whom are now enjoying senior international umpiring careers. Liz works full time for Ford and in her role as Vice President will join the Regional Consultative Committee and represent England Hockey at various domestic events throughout the year.


“After interviewing a strong field of candidates for the position of Independent Non-Executive Director of England Hockey, we have decided to make two appointments:

Richard Sykes, effective 18 March 2014

“Richard is currently a senior partner at PwC with responsibility for their Governance, Risk and Compliance client offering. Richard has a wealth of business and boardroom experience as well as extensive knowledge of the advertising and media industry gained working with one of the largest global marketing service companies, WPP. As a Trustee of the Woodlands Trust, Richard has first-hand experience of the role of a non-executive director within a not-for-profit organisation. As President and an active playing member of Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club, Richard understands the opportunities and challenges facing our sport and is hoping to combine his depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to support the continued growth of the sport.

“Passionate about sport, Richard led the ICC governance review of world cricket with Lord Woolf, which resulted in Richard achieving his lifetime ambition of getting a mention in Wisden, albeit not for playing! Richard was formally appointed at the England Hockey AGM on Tuesday 18 March 2014.

Andy Hunt, effective March 2015

“Andy is currently Chairman and Managing Partner of Progressive Media Group, an International group spanning Media, Business information Services and Communications across a diverse range of sectors. With more than 30 years commercial, CRM and sporting experience, Andy has been instrumental in the success of number of organisations such as Vertex Data Sciences. His sporting and Non-Executive Director experience includes CEO and Secretary General of the British Olympic Association, Chef de Mission for Team GB at both the Vancouver 2010 and the 2012 Olympic Games and Non-Executive Director of LOCOG. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Gloucester Rugby Club and is a Special Advisor to the Board of Commonwealth Games England. With his commercial and sports experience, Andy is keen to bring his knowledge to the Board to contribute to the continued growth of the sport.

“A hockey enthusiast, with three of his four children playing at school, club and county level, Andy spends much of his spare time supporting our sport. Andy will be formally appointed at next year’s AGM but is hoping to be able to commit some advisory time to the sport once the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are over."

Philip Kimberley


If you want to learn more about this year's AGM, as well as those from previous years, you can take a look at the AGM page in the Governing Body section of our website.