New Members of Honour announced

England Hockey is delighted to announce a new award, The England Hockey Member of Honour which is to be awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the organisation.  It is offered on an invitation-only basis at the sole discretion of the England Hockey Board of Directors and is considered to be the highest accolade that can be bestowed on any individual by the National Governing Body.  We are pleased to announce that the inaugural members are:

Ben Rea, Chris Darling, Maggie Souyave, and Martin Gotheridge.

Ben Rea 

Ben is a loyal and dedicated member of Wimbledon Hockey Club who played for the 1st XI for many years.  Ben has held roles as secretary, chairman and vice President of the club later becoming involved in the running of the multisport Wimbledon club.  He has been team secretary and committee member before graduating to be President for the Surrey Hockey Association and was President of the South Regional Association for 8 years. 

His professional career was with the BBC and while serving in Belfast he became Chairman of the Hockey Association Council.  Ben chaired the organising committee for the 1997 Men's Junior World Cup held at the newly opened stadium at Milton Keynes and was heavily involved with the England Hockey Association, first as a member of Council then, as a Member of the Management Committee.  Ben was appointed acting secretary general of the England Hockey Association in 2002 and continued with this role, stepping back as the new National Governing Body came into being.  Ben then served on the Regional Consultative Committee, was chairman of the disciplinary panel, a member of the competitions committee and also a member of the Veteran steering group.  He has been a Non Executive Director for England Hockey for 9 years, standing down in 2014.

Ben’s hockey career also involves being a trustee of the National Hockey Foundation, his work with Masters’ hockey has led to Ben being the Chairman of The International Masters Hockey Association and president of the LX club.

In recent times Ben led the hosting of the International Federation’s Congress in London in 2006 and ran the VIP programme when England Hockey hosted the Europeans in 2007.

Ben is passionate about hockey and has devoted his life to playing, umpiring and administering hockey at many levels.  He still remains active and often puts in 3-4 days a week for our sport.

Ben received a Life Time Achievement from England Hockey in 2014. 

Chris Darling

A retired teacher of mathematics and an educational manager, Chris has had a long involvement with the Warrington Hockey Club and now lives in the Yorkshire Dales, umpiring and occasionally playing hockey mainly with the Ben Rhydding Club Hockey Club.  He has used his scheduling and software skills in fixture planning for both the National League and most of the leagues operating in the North.

Chris was a member of Hockey Association Management Committee & England Hockey Association Council.  A past President of the North Hockey Association and Lancashire Hockey Association Chris chairs the North Performance Committee and has led the process of establishing the 3 JRPCs based within the North Region.

Chris was one of the original Non Executive Directors when England Hockey was reconstituted in 2003 and stood down after 9 Years on the board in 2012.  Chris worked on the revised Memorandum and Articles during the formation of the new England Hockey which still exist today.

Chris has held a huge number of roles at Club level with both Warrington and Ben Rhydding Hockey Club.  At County level, at Lancashire Hockey Association.  At Regional level for the North Hockey Association and at National level, for the Hockey Association before it merged with the All England Women’s Hockey Association.  More recently his time has been spent as Non Exective Director of England Hockey. Chris still continues with many roles elsewhere in the sport, including being a Trustee of the National Hockey Foundation.

Chris has the ability to see the bigger picture and his attention to detail is legendary.  Chris has a deep knowledge of how the sport works most notably his work on the Single System has been hugely valuable in the North and at National level.  He is diligent, conscientious, committed, and generous with his time and he cares deeply for the sport.

Chris received a Life Time Achievement from England Hockey in 2013. 

Maggie Souyave

Maggie Souyave has had a long and distinguished playing career and for over 40 years has contributed at an outstanding level to hockey in all areas and at club, county, regional level and international level, formerly as a player and later becoming a coach.  Maggie has represented England and Great Britain in both roles. 

Maggie selflessly dedicated a huge amount of her time to her work as a performance analyst developing a system of performance analysis for England and Great Britain hockey, this involved the production of real time and postmatch analysis of team and individual performance indicators, using video feedback, creating, a world leading learning environment at England Hockey.  Many of these innovative technology solutions for performance analysis have now been employed, some years later, in the large professional sports.  Maggie’s diligence, systematic and detailed approach has led to new insights into performance which has supported the performance of the national teams over many years.

As a player and captain Maggie demonstrated courage to the team when playing with injuries and was a highly influential leader on and off the pitch.  She is passionate about what she does and is a perfectionist who will always go the extra mile to ensure that what she is working on is completed to the best of her ability.

Maggie gave up her teaching career to work for the Hockey national governing body and during this time she has either played or worked as a coach in 10 World cup campaigns, 6 Olympic cycles as well as numerous European and Commonwealth tournaments.  She continues to inspire many players and coaches within the hockey world and has sustained this level of inspiration from a young player right through to her hockey career.

Maggie is the only England Player, man or woman, to have won gold medals at World and European levels; a World Champions medal as a player and the European indoor gold as a coach.  At club level she led Lancashire to many national county championships and the North region to become Regional Champions. 

Martin Gotheridge

Martin has had a distinguished career in hockey which has spanned nearly 53 years and has taken him from his first club in Nottingham to top positions within English and European hockey.  Martin first started playing hockey at West Bridgford and captained the 1st XI before becoming secretary and president.  In between he played a stint at University College London while studying law.

Martin spent eight years as secretary of Nottinghamshire County Hockey Association and was a member of the Midlands League committee for 32 years.  He has held national appointments which include chairing the old Hockey Association’s competitions committee where he oversaw the introduction of the National League.

When not serving hockey through his work on committees, Martin officiated at National League level and as a technical official and tournament director Martin was appointed to major international tournaments across the world between 1990 and 2003.

Martin served on the European Hockey Federation’s club championship committee in the late 1980s and moved on to the European Competitions Committee, which he also chaired from 1998.

He became a member of the European Federation’s Executive Board in 1993 and joined the International Hockey Federation’s competitions committee in 1999.
Martin was heavily involved in the drafting of the constitution to set up the new national governing body following the bankruptcy of the old English Hockey Association in 2002, this work has helped England Hockey to become what it is today.

During 2003 -5 Martin chaired the governing body’s newly established Regional Consultative Committee.

Martin became president of England Hockey in 2005 standing down in 2009 during which time he served as vice-president of the European Hockey Federation (EHF) serving between 2008 and 2011.  He was also the first ever British President of the European Hockey Federation between 2009 and 2011 and as such also sat on the FIH Executive Board.

Martin was given the Lifetime achievement award from England Hockey in 2012.