England Hockey, Board Meeting Synopsis: July 2016

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Meeting Name :

England Hockey Board


Bisham Abbey


19 July 2016



Royston Hoggarth

Note Taker

Helen Davies


Andy Hunt, Andy Tapley, Danny Kerry, Ian Wilson, Jonathan Cockcroft, Kate Swann, Katy Roberts, Mike Stoddard, Neville Wrench, Rich Beer, Richard Leman, Richard Sykes, Sally Munday, Sue Bodycomb




Apologies for Absence Katie Legg

1.   Minutes of meeting held on Tuesday 17 May 2016

a)    Points of accuracy:

       The minutes were approved as a true and accurate recording

b)    Matters arising


c)    Declarations of Interest

       Richard Sykes: Item 3g as the President of Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club

2.   Executive Report

As read with the following points:

·           Sally Munday updated the Board on the team manager position in Rio.

·           The Board were made aware of forthcoming changes at the top of the FIH

·           Sally Munday informed the Board that she was due to meet with the Sports Minister.

·           Andy Hunt asked if there was a sustainability strategy in place and should England Hockey be looking to implement ISO 20121. It was agreed that this will be reviewed.

·           Ian Wilson confirmed that the cyber audit is being carried out by the IT division of England Hockey’s auditors. 

·           Ian Wilson confirmed that plans to increase injury monitoring for U18’s would be outlined at the September board meeting.

·           The 2017 World League dates were fixed as 15 – 25 June, priority booking will go on sale at the end of July.

3.   Enhanced Infrastructure

a)    3G policy for approval

Rich Beer said that Sport England would like to see a surface that all sports can play on but understand the difficulties with giving all participants a surface that offers a good experience. 3G can provide an introduction to the sport of hockey.  

The Board approved the proposed 3G policy

4.   Increased Visibility

a)    Champions Trophy financial projection

Overall, the event was a success and the weather was highlighted as one of the main challenges. A full review will be brought back to the Board in September.  Ian Wilson confirmed that current projections suggest the MCT event did better than expected while the WCT did slightly worse but overall the financial outcome was in broadly line with expectations.

5.   International Success

a)    Performance report

The Board welcomed the analysis provided by Danny Kerry for both squads during the recent Champions Trophy and the squads’ medalling potential at the Olympic Games. The potential risks associated with the Zika virus and Dengue fever, were discussed and the Board noted the current recommendations by the WHO and the BOA regarding travel to Rio. A late regulation received the previous week from the BOA, was highlighted and discussed. 

6.   Strong and respected NGB

a) Management accounts

Ian Wilson confirmed that the year end projection is close to budget although this is currently being updated.

b) Operations plan and budget

The Executive team outlined the Operational Plan and budget for 2016/17.

The Board approved the Operational Plan and budget.

c) Sport England Investment 2017-2021

Rich Beer confirmed a meeting between EH and Sport England in August.

d) Strategy 2017 – 2021

The Executive team outlined the changes to the Board.

The Board approved the direction of the Strategy 2017 – 2021 subject to more detail

d) Health and Safety update

Ian Wilson was able to report that there were no Health and Safety issues at the Champions Trophy and England Hockey is currently working with Perkins Slade to produce a risk assessment tool for clubs. New rules for making injury monitoring injury mandatory in the player pathway are under development.  Neville Wrench asked if there was a mechanism in place to monitor the clubs, Ian Wilson confirmed that there was a web portal available to make reporting straightforward but it was not mandatory.

e) RCC report

Neville Wrench requested on behalf of the RCC to see an introduction of the technical red from 1st September.  Rich Beer and Ian Wilson are working on this.  Neville Wrench also confirmed that the RCC are looking at the current structures of the regional associations.


Richard Sykes asked if there had been any post Brexit considerations and impact to visas and sponsorship registration. A paper on the UKBF is due at the September meeting. 

Ian Wilson updated the Board on the Disciplinary regulations review.

The meeting closed at 1500