England Hockey recruiting new Chair following AGM

At the England Hockey AGM held on 17 March it was announced that after 12½ years of exceptional service as Chair of England Hockey, Philip Kimberley will be stepping down from the position in the Autumn of 2015. The AGM also saw the announcement of Katie Dodd stepping down from the Board to be replaced by former Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt.

Sally Munday - England Hockey Chief Executive - praised Philip Kimberley's leadership and thanked him for his wise counsel and mentoring in her current role and previously as Development Director, adding that a farewell will be held later in the summer before his departure.

Philip said “...after 6 years as Executive Chair and 6 as Non-Executive Chair leading the rebuilding of England Hockey, I feel now is the time to hand over the reins to someone else. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and am very proud of how far we have come from the dark days early 2003. I will be leaving an organisation that has a very high reputation domestically and internationally and is in very good shape organisationally and financially on and off the field of play. I know that it and the sport generally will continue to forge ahead.”

The Board will now commence the search for a new Chair to lead the lead organisation in the next phase of its exciting journey - applications for the role are now open - find out more and apply here.

Also at the AGM, it was announced that Katie Dodd was standing down as a Non-Executive Director. Philip Kimberley spoke of Katie’s fantastic service to the sport in her roles at all levels from club to the national governing body as well as her very distinguished career with the Met. Police. In her playing career Katie gained 26 caps for her country and captained the indoor team to a bronze medal in the European Indoor Championships.   Katie will continue to be involved in hockey as Chair of the Trustees of the Hockey Museum.  Philip thanked Katie for her incredible contribution and commitment to the sport and for the ongoing work with the Hockey Museum.

Katie’s resignation created a vacancy for an independent Non-Executive Director and following an open recruitment process in 2014, Andy Hunt officially joins the Board with immediate effect.  Andy is Chairman & Managing Partner of Progressive Media Group, a privately held international group of Media and Business Information companies.

Andy joined Progressive Media Group in May 2013, following his five year stint in the role of CEO of the British Olympic Association. He led Team GB as Chef de Mission at the London 2012 Olympic Games, achieving the best performance of a British Olympic team in 104 years, considered one of the greatest sporting successes in British history. Prior to his BOA role he had a 25 year successful career in international business. Andy commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Board of England Hockey and I look forward to contributing to the further development and success of Hockey in England.”