The Board of England Hockey is committed to operating with clear and transparent governance processes in line with accepted codes of practice.
The company’s memorandum and articles are available for any affiliated member to read.
Since its formation in May 2003, the Board has been working its way through a hierarchy of governance procedures. This is an evolving process as the various bodies deemed to be necessary to achieve England Hockey's strategic priorities are defined and formalised. It has also ensured that England Hockey is compliant with the Code of Sports Governance which is a condition of the public funding that it receives.
England Hockey Board Members
Chief Executive - Nick Pink
Nick joined England Hockey in November 2019, coming from England Golf where he was Chief Executive for four years. Nick has a background in sports administration having worked for the International Cricket Council, UK Sport and the Youth Sport. Nick is a hockey enthusiast, and has played, coached and umpired across the country.
Rich Beer - Development Director
Rich joined England Hockey as Development Director in May 2013 from Sport England where he was an NGB Relationship Manager. A graduate of Cambridge University Rich began his career in hockey in the Midlands Regional Office following which he moved to the Oxfordshire County Sports Partnership. Rich has a strong voluntary background in hockey having held various club, county and regional roles including time as a club chairman and county secretary and managing international teams from under 16 to seniors.
Ed Barney - Performance Director
Dr Ed Barney joined England Hockey in 2013 as the Head of Talent Development at Great Britain Hockey and has played a key role in the evolution of the nation’s hockey talent pathway. Before joining England Hockey Dr Barney was a Talent Identification Scientist for the England and Wales Cricket Board and, prior to this he was a world class sailing athlete who moved into coaching and worked as a Royal Yachting Association national sailing coach.
Kuldeep Kaur - Finance & Administration Director
Kuldeep joined England Hockey in October 2020, coming from 9 years at the Rugby Football Union where she led financial planning, strategy and partnering teams. Kuldeep is a qualified CIMA accountant and is well versed in the financial operations of an NGB and its statutory obligations. Kuldeep is also a coach and mentor for senior leaders across sport as well as being a board trustee for a Charity offering careers counselling to vulnerable young people.
Royston Hoggarth - Non-Executive Chairman
Royston was appointed as Chair in 2015 and has a wealth of Board experience across a range of Public and Private Equity backed organisations in the commercial, financial services, telecoms and technology sectors. He is currently also Chair of Innovation Group, Xchanging Insurance Services and Cirrus Response Group and a non-executive Director of the cyber security software business Intercede PLC. Royston is an active volunteer in hockey, regularly umpiring in the Midlands leagues.
Richard Sykes - Non-Executive Independent Director
Richard was appointed to the board in 2014 and was re-elected in 2017 and 2020. He has a wealth of business and boardroom experience stemming from his career at PwC where he was a senior global relationship partner and led their Governance, Risk and Compliance client offering up until his retirement in 2016. He has a wide interest in sport which includes being a board member of Middlesex County Cricket Club, President and active playing member of Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club and was the joint author of the Woolf Report into the governance of the International Cricket Council in 2012.
Kate Swann - Non-Executive Director
Kate was appointed to the Board in 2016 and was re-elected in 2019. She brings with her a wealth of experience and success in the business world. Kate has been listed among the 50 most powerful women in international business and is an award-winning CEO, having transformed the fortunes of WH Smith before becoming CEO at SSP Group plc, a global food and beverage business with a £2billion turnover. Kate stepped down as SSP Group CEO in 2019 and is currently Chancellor of Bradford University, Chairman at IVC Evidensia, Secret Escapes and Moonpig, and sits on the Board of the Spanish group Parques Reunidos.
Andy Hunt - Non-Executive Director
Andy was appointed to the board in 2015 and was re-elected in 2018. He is currently CEO of World Sailing the International Federation for the sport of Sailing, non-executive Chairman of Progressive Content and a non-executive Director of Gloucester Rugby Club. Prior to World Sailing he was Chairman and Managing Partner of Progressive Media Group, leading an International group of Business Information, Media, Content Marketing and Technology companies. Andy was previously CEO of the British Olympic Association from 2008 to 2013.
Angela has a wealth of experience across the finance industry and is an active and committed hockey club member having volunteered with London Wayfarers in various roles for over 10 years. A qualified Chartered Accountant with experience across a multitude of specialisms in the finance industry, Angela has a track record of delivering back office modernisation strategy and significant cost reduction in challenging and resistant environments. Angela is passionate about accessibility to grass roots sport for all players regardless of ability, social demographic and ethnicity and has been instrumental in the membership growth at LWHC to an impressive 1500 players.
Shelagh was voted in as a Member Elected NED at the March 2021 AGM and brings a wealth of experience following lifelong involvement in our sport as a player (currently club/North Masters), player pathway parent, EHL manager, umpire and club leadership roles. Shelagh is currently Chair of Timperley HC, a Director of Timperley Sports Club and a member of the West Pennine Transition Group, working to deliver the Governance Review changes.
Outside of hockey, Shelagh has 30 years of experience in the co-operative/community sector including strategic roles in financial services and in development, member/stakeholder engagement, governance, and consulting for Co-operatives UK the national body. Shelagh’s professional and community hockey experience enable her to bring a strong grounded focus and constructive challenge from the grass roots club perspective coupled with a strategic focus and the clarity needed to ensure all aspects of our sport are well governed, sustainable and thrive in the future.
Simon retired from international hockey in 2016, having represented Great Britain and England 212 times, scoring 62 goals. Simon competed at the 2008 & 2016 Olympic Games and also at three Commonwealth Games. Having come through the junior pathway and also coached, Simon has much experience in the sport and feels passionately about wanting to help grow grassroots participation, improve international rankings/medal results and generate an engaged fan base for the international men’s and women’s teams. Simon is now a Client Executive with EY where his role involves supporting clients across the sport industry ecosystem and managing key corporate client relationships. This experience, combined with his recent knowledge of hockey at the elite level, provides a unique perspective, allowing Simon to represent the communal player voice on the board, while also being aware of the challenges faced by an NGB.
Mike Stoddard - President
Mike was elected President in 2019 having served as a member of the Board since 2012. He is a Chartered Accountant and Director of The Civica Group, a global software and services group employing 5,500 people. The highlight of his hockey playing career was with Sheffield HC in the National League, during which time he met his wife, Elizabeth. Mike has two daughters, Emma and Kirstie…..neither of whom he persuaded to play hockey! His passions outside of hockey are walking his two beagle dogs, golfing and gardening. As President his greatest joy is meeting players and officials from international standard to junior club enthusiasts, sharing his love for the game and the fellowship this brings.
Chris Reece - Vice President
Chris was appointed to the post of Vice President at the 2019 AGM. Chris has a long and distinguished background of volunteering in hockey. He is the current Secretary of North HA, North HUA and serves on many other voluntary Hockey Associations in the North Region.
Dawn Bonner - Vice President
Dawn was voted in as a Vice President of England Hockey at the EH AGM in March 2021.
She has been involved in hockey for most of her life, first as a player with the then Ealing Ladies Hockey club in the 80’and 90’s before becoming a qualified L2 umpire in 1992 in the South Region. Since then Dawn has moved to Umpire coaching, assessing and umpire management, being active in the NPUA since 2009 and she became an FIH Umpire Manager in 2014.
She has been the Vice President of Middx HUA for the last 4 years as well as the Deputy Chair of the Southern Counties HUA for 3 years, following 11 years as the Secretary from 2003-2011. She is currently working with the London Officiating Transition Team supporting on the restructuring of Officiating in the London Area.