The England Hockey Member of Honour accolade was first introduced in 2015 and is considered to be the highest accolade that can be bestowed on any individual by the National Governing Body. It is offered on an invitation-only basis at the sole discretion of the England Hockey Board of Directors.
Learn more about those who have been awarded this prestigious prize and why they were nominated
Ben is a loyal and dedicated member of Wimbledon Hockey Club, who played for the 1st XI for many years. Ben has held roles as secretary, chairman and Vice President of the club, later becoming involved in the running of the multisport Wimbledon Club. He has been team secretary and committee member before graduating to be President for the Surrey Hockey Association and was also President of the South Regional Association for eight years.
His professional career was with the BBC and, while serving in Belfast, he became Chairman of the Hockey Association Council. Ben chaired the organising committee for the 1997 Men's Junior World Cup, held at the newly opened stadium at Milton Keynes, and was heavily involved with the England Hockey Association, first as a member of Council, then as a member of the Management Committee. Ben was appointed acting secretary general of the England Hockey Association in 2002 and continued with this role, stepping back as the new National Governing Body came into being. Ben then served on the Regional Consultative Committee, was chairman of the disciplinary panel, a member of the competitions committee and also a member of the veteran steering group. He was also a Non-Executive Director for England Hockey for nine years, standing down in 2014.
Ben’s hockey career also involves being a trustee of the National Hockey Foundation. Furthermore his work with Masters’ hockey has led to Ben being the Chairman of The International Masters Hockey Association and president of the LX club.
In recent times Ben led the hosting of the International Federation’s Congress in London in 2006 and ran the VIP programme when England Hockey hosted the EuroHockey Championships in 2007.
Ben is passionate about hockey and has devoted his life to playing, umpiring and administering hockey at many levels. He still remains active and often puts in three/four days a week for our sport.
Ben received a Lifetime Achievement from England Hockey in 2014 and and was one of the four people given Member of Honour status when the award was first presented in 2015.
A retired teacher of mathematics and an educational manager, Chris had a long involvement with the Warrington Hockey Club and now lives in the Yorkshire Dales. He has retired from umpiring but remains a supportive member of the Ben Rhydding Hockey Club. He has used his scheduling and software skills for over 35 years in fixture planning for both the National League and most of the leagues operating in the north.
Chris was a member of Hockey Association Management Committee & England Hockey Association Council. A past President of the North Hockey Association and Lancashire Hockey Association. Now its Finance Officer, Chris chaired the North Performance Committee for many years and led the process of establishing the JRPCs/ Performance Centres based within the north region.
Chris was one of the original Non-Executive Directors when England Hockey was reconstituted in 2003 and stood down after nine years on the board in 2012. Chris worked on the revised Memorandum and Articles during the formation of the new England Hockey which still exist today.
Chris has held a huge number of roles at club level with Warrington, as well as at county level with Lancashire Hockey Association, regional level for the North Hockey Association and at National level for the Hockey Association (before it merged with the All England Women’s Hockey Association). Chris still continues with many roles elsewhere in the sport, including being a Trustee of the National Hockey Foundation.
Chris has the ability to see the bigger picture and his attention to detail is legendary. Chris has a deep knowledge of how the sport works most notably his work on the Single System has been hugely valuable in the north and at national level. He is diligent, conscientious, committed, generous with his time and he cares deeply for the sport.
Chris received a Lifetime Achievement from England Hockey in 2013 and was one of the four people given Member of Honour status when the award was first presented in 2015.
Maggie Souyave has had a long and distinguished career and for over 40 years has contributed at an outstanding level to hockey in all areas at club, county, regional and International level. She has represented England and Great Britain as a player, coach, performance analyst and team manager.
Maggie selflessly dedicated a huge amount of her time to her work as a performance analyst, developing a system of performance analysis for England and Great Britain Hockey. This involved the production of real-time and post-match analysis of team and individual performance indicators, using video feedback, creating a world-leading learning environment at England Hockey. Many of these innovative technology solutions for performance analysis have now been employed, some years later, in the largest professional sports. Maggie’s diligence, systematic and detailed approach has led to new insights into performance, which has supported the performance of the national teams over many years.
As a player and captain, Maggie demonstrated courage to the team and was a highly influential leader on and off the pitch. She is passionate about what she does and is a perfectionist who will always go the extra mile to ensure that what she is working on is completed to the best of her ability.
Maggie gave up her teaching career to work for the National Governing Body and during this time she has either played or worked as a coach, performance analyst or team manager in 11 World Cup campaigns, 6 Olympic cycles as well as numerous European and Commonwealth tournaments. She has inspired many players and coaches within the hockey world and has sustained this level of inspiration from a young player right through her hockey career.
Maggie is the only England player, man or woman, to have won gold medals at World and European levels, a World Championship medal as a player and the European Indoor gold as a coach.
One of her proudest moments as England captain was when she introduced the Queen to the Team, in front of a packed crowd at Wembley Stadium for the annual International hockey match.
Maggie was awarded an OBE for Services to Hockey in the 2015 New Year Honours List and was one of the four people given Member of Honour status when the award was first presented in 2015.
Martin has had a distinguished career in hockey which has spanned more than 50 years and taken him from his first club in Nottingham to top positions within English and European hockey. Martin first started playing hockey at West Bridgford and captained the 1st XI before becoming secretary and president. In between he played a stint at University College London while studying law.
Martin spent eight years as secretary of Nottinghamshire County Hockey Association and was a member of the Midlands League committee for 32 years. He has held national appointments which include chairing the old Hockey Association’s competitions committee, where he oversaw the introduction of the National League.
When not serving hockey through his work on committees, Martin officiated at National League level. Furthermore, as a technical official and tournament director Martin was appointed to major international tournaments across the world between 1990 and 2003.
Martin served on the European Hockey Federation’s club championship committee in the late 1980s and moved on to the European Competitions Committee, which he also chaired from 1998. He became a member of the European Federation’s Executive Board in 1993 and joined the International Hockey Federation’s competitions committee in 1999.
Martin was heavily involved in the drafting of the constitution to set up the new National Governing Body following the bankruptcy of the old English Hockey Association in 2002. This work has helped England Hockey to become what it is today.
During 2003 -5 Martin chaired the National Governing Body’s newly established Regional Consultative Committee. Martin also became president of England Hockey in 2005, standing down in 2009, during which time he served as vice-president of the European Hockey Federation (EHF) serving between 2008 and 2011. He was also the first ever British President of the European Hockey Federation between 2009 and 2011 and as such also sat on the FIH Executive Board.
Martin was given the Lifetime Achievement award from England Hockey in 2012 and was one of the four people given Member of Honour status when the award was first presented in 2015.
Philip was Executive Chairman of England Hockey from 2003 to 2009 and became Non-Executive Chairman on Sally Munday’s appointment as Chief Executive that year. He stepped down after the European Championships in 2015.
He led a complete rebuild of the organisation from a position of bankruptcy to being recognised as one of the best run National Governing Bodies in British sport. Under his stewardship, the organisation set out on the road to its highest ever participation figures, was awarded the right to host major events including the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup and also won medals in all of the sport’s major international tournaments, including a first Olympic medal in 20 years.
Philip came late to sports administration after a successful business career, yet his achievements saw him appointed to the UK Sport, Sports Coach UK and (more recently) Tour de France 2014 Boards, as well as UK Sport's anti-doping project board. His ambition has never been personal reward and has always been about doing the right thing by sport. His role in leading the resurgence of England Hockey, a governing body that was close to being disaffiliated from its world federation in 2002, should not be underestimated and culminated in England Hockey being recognized as an effective governing body by both Sport England and UK Sport. In addition, during Philip’s tenure, England Hockey was awarded the Pablo Negre award for contribution to hockey in 2008 by the International Hockey Federation.
In carrying out his duties in an understated manner he earned respect both within the sport worldwide as well as across the wider sporting landscape in the UK. He was never afraid of conflict in his endeavours to do the right thing by the sport and his integrity led the sport into a new era of professionalism.
He was honoured with the prestigious Emeritus Award in 2015 for life-long, sustained service to sport. Philip was also appointed an OBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to hockey.
He remains a Trustee of The Hockey Museum.
As the most capped and most decorated women’s player in the history of England and Great Britain Hockey, Kate will forever be remembered for her achievements in our sport.
As captain of England and Great Britain for more than 13 years, in 2012 she led Great Britain to a Olympic bronze medal on home soil despite suffering a broken jaw. She then led England to a stunning European gold – also in London - in 2015, followed by the most amazing moment in women’s sport in 2016, when almost 10 million people saw her team win gold in Rio.
In total she played 375 times for England and GB, winning 19 major medals and scoring 49 goals. Kate also made history alongside her wife Helen Richardson-Walsh by becoming the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic Gold medal together and the first married British couple to win Gold together since 1920.
She was also awarded an MBE for services to hockey in the 2015 New Year Honours List before she was appointed an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours List. Furthermore in 2016 she became the first hockey player ever to be shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, finishing sixth out of 16 nominees. She also subsequently became the first British player to be inducted into the European Hall of Fame in 2017.
Her CV speaks for itself, and it is only right that she is recognised in this manner.
Kate was presented with her award by England Hockey Patron HRH Countess of Wessex at the 2017 Men’s World League Semi-Finals, once again in London.
Richard was a member of the Great Britain men’s hockey team who famously won gold in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He captained both Great Britain and England 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 for 10 years, 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 7 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 since 1985.
Richard was awarded an OBE for services to hockey in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, visiting Buckingham Palace to collect his award in January 2019.
He was presented with his Member of Honour accolade at the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.
Upon receiving the award, he 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 Dodd was a founder Trustee of The Hockey Museum in 2011 and Chaired the Board until 2019 during which time THM achieved Museum Accreditation from the Arts Council England and was named as a recipient of the FIH President's Award in recognition of the Museum’s “Exceptional contribution to the legacy of our sport”. Still a member of THM Board, Katie continues to volunteer and lead on numerous projects. A former England international, Katie gained 26 caps for her country and also captained the indoor team to a bronze medal in the European Indoor Championships in 1985. She has served at all levels of the sport including county and regional level and as a Director of the England Hockey Board 2008 -2015. She has also volunteered at numerous EH/GB major events including as a Gamesmaker at the 2012 Olympics.
Katie also contributed locally as an active member of Ealing Ladies Hockey Club for over 25 years, playing in indoor and outdoor teams that won four AEWHA National Club titles in the 1980s and led the merger with Hounslow HC in 2001. She combined her lifelong commitment to hockey with a highly successful 27-year career in the Metropolitan Police working as a senior manager leading strategy and performance teams.
She was presented with her Member of Honour accolade alongside Richard Leman OBE at the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.