England Hockey award Members of Honour to Richard Leman and Katie Dodd

Richard Leman and Katie Dodd HWC2018

England Hockey are delighted to announce the award of Members of Honour to Richard Leman OBE and Katie Dodd.

Richard and Katie are two outstanding individuals who are fully deserving of this, the highest accolade that can be bestowed by England Hockey. The award is made in recognition of outstanding contribution to hockey, and with Richard and Katie there are now only eight current Members of Honour.

Richard said, "It is a real honour to be recognised in this way by England Hockey. It has been a privilege to have worked with so many talented people and I am delighted that we now think about the athletes first in all performance matters. I feel hockey in England is in the best place it has ever been and I am very confident England Hockey will continue to go from strength to strength."

Katie said, "It is really special to be honoured in this way. Hockey has given me so many memorable moments, opportunities and lifelong friendships. It has been important to me therefore to give something back to hockey so I am delighted that the work of The Hockey Museum has been acknowledged in this award. The Museum’s development and success over the last seven years has been very much a team effort and with the support of the hockey family, we look forward to continuing this journey of ‘giving hockey’s history a future’.     

Richard was a member of the Great Britain men’s hockey team who famously won gold in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He was captain of his nation and won 228 caps in his international career, including an Olympic bronze in 1984 and World Cup silver in 1986.

As President of Great Britain Hockey, he presided over an incredible period of success culminating in the women's team's historic gold medal in Rio in 2016. He also served as an England Hockey board member for many years. He represented hockey on the National Olympic Committee before being elected to the British Olympic Association's Board.  In addition to his national and international duties Richard has contributed significantly at a local level having been actively involved with East Grinstead Hockey club for over twenty years.

Katie Dodd is Chair of the Trustees of The Hockey Museum that in 2018 achieved Museum Accreditation for the first time from the Arts Council England.

A former international, Katie gained 26 caps for her country and also captained the indoor team to a bronze medal in the European Indoor Championships. She has served at all levels of the sport including county and regional level and serving as a Director of the England Hockey Board 2008 -2015.

Katie also has contributed locally as an active member of  Ealing Ladies Hockey Club for over 25 years and led the merger with Hounslow in 2001. She has combined her lifelong commitment to hockey with a highly successful 27 year career in the Metropolitan Police