England Hockey Board Synopsis - January 2019

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Meeting Name: England Hockey Board  Venue: Bisham Abbey  Date: 28th January 2019

Lead: Royston Hoggarth
Note Taker: Helen Clarke
Present: Andy Hunt, Andy Tapley, Ed Barney, Ian Wilson, Jonathan Cockcroft, Katy Roberts, Kate Swann, Mike Stoddard, Rich Beer, Richard Sykes, Sally Munday, Sheila Morrow
Apologies:  Neville Wrench


Minutes of meeting held on 20th November 2018
Points of accuracy: The minutes were approved as a true and accurate recording.

Matters arising:
Ian Wilson confirmed that the Audit Committee had discussed items previously raised
Injury monitoring reporting mechanism still at research and development, an update will be provided at the next meeting
Declarations of interest: None

Executive Report
As read with the following points: 
  • Sally Munday highlighted the successful collaboration between the South and London Leagues
  • Ed Barney updated on the responses to Mark Hager’s appointment 
  • The Board discussed the introduction of FIH rule changes and the impact they will have on the domestic game. A proposal for acceptance/implementation will be brought to a following meeting
  • The Board were updated on the progress of the AGM Governance review working group and will receive a proposal paper prior to the March Board meeting
  • The Board discussed the Business Development opportunities presented by the FIH Pro League 
  • Ed Barney updated on the recruitment of Goalkeeper Coach, Mark Hickman
Growing Participation
Rich Beer presented the 2018 club affiliation data indicating year on year growth however not quite achieving target set. Discussion resulted in some identified tactics to increase club capacities at grassroots level. 

The Board discussed the potential to achieve Pro League prize money and how this would be used within the business. 

International success
Ed Barney presented on the current position of the Fit for the Future strategy. The Board discussed the merits and weaknesses of the proposal resulting in approval of the principles, with additional work to be done on the context of the project

Strong and respected NGB
Statutory accounts and audit report
The Board approved the statutory accounts

Management accounts 
The Board discussed the management accounts with a focus on Pro League and business development 

Committee updates
The Board requested any indication of any trends or patterns be brought to the next meeting

RCC updates
The introduction of the disrepute disciplinary procedure is working well, improving consistency and decision making

Facility development
A test area for the temporary pitch solution will be in situ for the next Board meeting

World Masters
An agenda item will be added to the next meeting

Indoor injuries
EH are requested to review and analyse injuries that occurred during the Indoor season leading to identifying trends and resulting actions