Conrad Funnell

Vice Chair

Conrad was elected to the board in July 2016. He currently plays hockey for a Welsh club and with the Welsh Masters, having been a passionate hockey player for over 30 years. As Conrad’s children started their own hockey journey, he turned his hand to coaching juniors at his local club and can often be found on Sunday mornings developing the next generation of hockey players.

Conrad has a wealth of experience of working in industry, management consultancy and now, at the most innovative and fastest growing enterprise software company in the world, he is an advisor to CXO level customers. He works on some of the most exciting transformation projects in the world where Conrad helps develop their strategic transformation plan and implementation journey; turning those dreams into reality.


Rob Williams

Elected Member

Rob has played hockey for over thirty years, getting hooked as a teenager. He has played in South, North Wales and North-West leagues. More recently he has had a run out with the welsh masters at various tournaments. As his daughter got into hockey, he was persuaded to take up coaching heading up junior hockey at club, 360 Centre and regional level. He is also a qualified umpire something he took up to help when injured, as we cannot play without them.

Originally from Quarrying and mining background he now works for a large not for profit company governed by members. His surveying background allows maximisation of investments for the benefits of customers through reviews of capital spend of over £300 million P.A. The role allows looking at new ways and approaches to increase financial and environmental efficiency. He believes the customer always comes first, even in the most challenging situations.

He would love to see every child in schools to have an opportunity to play the sport he is addicted too.


Paul Riley

Elected Non-Executive Member

Paul is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer currently heading up the engineering function at the UK’s largest, own label, cake bakery in Cardiff. He has extensive engineering and project management experience across many industry sectors including, Food and Drink, Semiconductor and Agrochemicals.

He is married to Louise and has 3 children, George who is studying at Nottingham Trent University and William and Maisie are at school in Cardiff. As a family they are all mad about hockey and as such are all involved in hockey in South Wales in one guise or other.

Being a level 1 coach, Paul has been involved in youth hockey at Gwent Hockey Club for many years and coached all age groups, from U9’s to U18’s. He managed both the South Wales U13 Dragons side and the U14 and U16 South Wales Regional squads. In addition to coaching hockey he is also a Level 1 umpire.

Having two children playing for different clubs in South Wales most of his spare time is spent ferrying them around and watching matches on both Saturday and Sunday. However, on that rare occasion when he does have some free time he enjoys playing golf, road cycling, mountain biking, gardening and when people a desperate and have reached the bottom of the barrel and ned a body he still enjoys playing hockey.


Derrick Heaton-Rue

Elected Member

Head of Projects for a global recruitment company; Derrick is responsible for change management and project delivery. With 20 years of Project Management experience centred around business processes and strategic change Derrick brings a wealth of knowledge to the board. He has gained experience in the both public sector (CRB) and through private companies, across a wide variety of markets

Derrick has managed the Beavers at Northop Hall Junior Hockey Club from 2014 and as an active member of the committee has seen the club treble its player base in that time with success on the pitch increase year on year. Something Derrick is very proud of considering the team are regularly representing North Wales in National finals and they play a full calendar in the North-West England region.

As well as working with the Welsh Dragons U13’s, Derrick has also worked in the management team which supports North Wales Boys in their regional hockey, supporting quality hockey opportunities for players from u13 to u16 across North Wales 2015-Present.

Derrick also works with the Flintshire Phantoms Ice Hockey Club 2011-2014 of which he’s a member, running the club with the committee and developing a thriving Ice Hockey pathway for players from beginners to league teams.

Derrick is also a Level 1 Coach and Level 1 Umpire with the WHU and uses these skills to support at club and regional level. He has a passion for developing opportunities for Juniors to experience high quality hockey and inspires them to improve and develop new skills.


Charlotte Wathan

Independent Member

Currently an Insight and Research Lead for the Welsh Rugby Union, Charlotte brings with her diverse experience across the sport, health, wellbeing, research and higher education sectors.

Charlotte has been a lecturer in sports science and whilst currently working for the WRU also further provides research and insights to organisations such as Street Games.