England Hockey apppoints Royston Hoggarth as new Chair

As previously announced Philip Kimberley is standing down as Chair in the autumn after 12 ½ years outstanding service.

Following a rigorous recruitment and selection process England Hockey is pleased to announce the appointment of Royston Hoggarth as the new Chair of the Board. The appointment is effective October 1st and this will allow a smooth handover during the next 3 months.

Royston Hoggarth has a wealth of experience across a range of organisations in the commercial, financial services, telecoms, technology sectors and in venture capital. He is still currently involved at Board level in a number of organisations where he is responsible for strategic direction, long term vision and performance.

Since 2002 Royston has held the position of Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Intercede PLC; a leading software business. Since 2006 he has successfully Chaired IPSL Limited, a joint venture business established in 2000 to create the UK’s leading provider of cheque related services to the UK banking industry. His previous roles have included Chief Executive roles at Cable and Wireless plc and BT Global Services and Board roles for the NSPCC Helpline, in addition to IT and mobile technology companies.

Alongside his Board commitments and fundraising activities, Royston is a hockey umpire and coach and also enjoys cricket, skiing and water sports.

Andy Tapley, Chair of the Appointments Panel, commented "replacing Philip Kimberley after such outstanding service was always going to be challenging. I am delighted that we attracted a number of excellent candidates and Royston has clearly demonstrated, not only a passion for taking England Hockey forward, but also a wide range of experience leading Boards in a variety of commercial sectors".

On his recent appointment Royston commented "I am delighted to be joining the Board of England Hockey at such an exciting time in the development of the sport. I am looking forward to working with the Board and the hockey community at all levels to help raise the sport’s profile and make hockey one of the leading sports in the UK".

Philip Kimberley, England Hockey’s current Chair said “I will be sad to leave in the autumn but believe that in Royston the panel has selected an extremely experienced businessman and one who will be able to lead the Board in continuing to take the sport forward. I look forward to working with Royston over the next 3 months as I hand over my duties.”