Joined Hockey Wales as CEO in February 2016 with over 30 years’ experience in the sports sector as a volunteer, player, coach, referee, manager and various professional roles.
David is extremely passionate about sport and thrives on creating a high performing environment where people have the opportunity to achieve their potential and succeed with a smile.
Business Support Officer
Jane has worked for Hockey Wales, as a Business Support Officer, since 2012 but has been involved with hockey for much longer!
On leaving school, Jane joined Porthcawl LHC / Pontypridd HC where she played for their outdoor and indoor teams and was part of their squad, representing Wales in several European Indoor Club competitions, she also represented Glamorgan (outdoors and indoors) and South Wales (outdoors).
As well as playing, Jane has held a variety of administrative roles at Club, County, Regional and National level and is currently a Trustee of Friends of Welsh Hockey, Treasurer of the South Wales Youth Hockey Association and a member of the South Wales Women’s Competitions Group. Jane is a WHUA / EHF / FIH Technical Official and also a qualified umpire.
Hockey Wales responsibilities include Affiliations, Competitions, Facility Bookings at SWNC, Payment of Invoices, Routine Office / Clerical duties as well as administrative support for Competitions TAG, South Wales Regional Board and Hockey Wales Board.
Chris is the longest serving member of staff of Hockey Wales, having joined the organisation in July 2000 when we were known as Welsh Hockey Union. His love of hockey goes back to his school days and he remains a member of Newport HC (now Gwent) who he joined in 1974.
During working hours he looks after the finances and administration of the organisation as well as being heavily involved with senior men’s clubs competition and the hosting of tournaments. His role also includes liaising with numerous other organisations including EHF, FIH and WHUA and he is involved on a voluntary basis with the development of technical officials who are an absolute necessity in ensuring that all our competitions run smoothly.
Most Saturdays he can be found on a pitch somewhere in Wales and the South West with a whistle in his hand having taken up umpiring over 20 years ago. He has been involved as an official Judge all the way through to Technical Delegate with EHF and FIH for some years and has received numerous appointments throughout Europe, with the highlights being the European Championships in Germany (2011), the Champions Trophy in the Champions Trophy in London (2016) and the World League 1 in Scotland (2016).
When not involved with hockey, Chris spends time fund raising and socialising with Abergavenny & District Round Table for which organisation he is a past Chairman (twice), Past President (seven times) and Life Member. He was also recently elected for a second time as Area 4 President.
Communications & Marketing Officer
Laura joined Hockey Wales in May 2017 after six months of travelling around the world. Her background is employee engagement, wellbeing and communications.
Her role includes overall communication management for the organisation, which involves promoting the achievements of the senior men and women, sharing club news, supporting the team members with their respective role initiatives, researching content and sharing via new Hockey Wales newsletter and much more!
Head of Performance
A former international swimmer Dan has an extensive background in elite sport and coaching. Prior to joining Hockey Wales in 2013 Dan was Head of Performance for Wales Rugby League where he was responsible for delivering a high performance programme for Wales alongside coaching commitments with the national sides.
With a strong applied and theoretical approach to performance sport Dan is a level 4 Coach as well as holding an masters in Sports Coaching whilst currently studying for a doctorate at Cardiff Metropolitan University. With a keen interest in player development and coach development he has held a number of advisory roles in relation to these areas across the sporting sector.
Fern joined the Hockey Wales team midway through her studies for an MSc in Sports Coaching &
Performance, her background is working with the National Age Group squads at the FAW Trust. She works closely with the Head of Performance in developing a high performance environment for tier 4 national squads. Fern will focus on providing consistent 360 Hockey Centres across Wales that nurture and develop our future athletes.
A former Wales international, Lee joined Hockey Wales in 2016 from the University of Bristol.
Having started out his career as a teacher, Lee has mainly worked in hockey for the past decade, previously working as a development officer in North Wales and more recently as a full time coach.
Lee is responsible for supporting and developing club and 360 coaches to improve the hockey playing experience for all players across Wales. In addition to his coach development role, Lee is also the Head Coach of Wales U18 Boys, a position he has held since 2013.
Head of Development
Prior to joining Hockey Wales, Ria was Head of Education & Inclusion for Cardiff City Foundation. Her passion towards using the power of sport to change lives has seen Ria go from playing hockey herself through to now coaching the Howardians 1stXI and Welsh Ladies Masters. Ria spent 4 years working as a PE Teacher and 8 years working within the third sector. Roles that have aided in her determination to encourage more people into playing, enjoying and ultimately benefiting from sport. Personally Ria has a passion for remaining fit herself through CrossFit.
A former international goal keeper for Wales, Ria brings with her not only playing experience but a number of insights, helping us on our journey towards becoming a high performing organisation. Ria is now Head of Development for Hockey Wales. Her role alongside numerous duties involves managing the Hockey Wales Club Development Officers. Alongside her role with Hockey Wales Ria is also currently completing her masters in Leadership in Sport.
Club Development Officer
Hannah is a self confessed hockey addict; from her work to playing it regularly. As a keen hockey player who has always been connected to the hockey family, this is the main reason why she has so much passion for her role.
The main focus of Hannah’s role is to support and develop clubs to ensure sustainability and opening opportunities for them based on their priorities. In order to fulfil the role, Hannah will engage with external contributors to clubs including delivery partners and educational institutions as well as supporting the regional workforce: coaches, umpires, Young Ambassadors and volunteers.
When Hannah has some spare time away from hockey you’ll find her spending time with her family,
walking the dogs, exploring new places and looking for new experiences and opportunities.
Club Development Officer - South West Wales
A retired hockey player but still very much an avid lover of all sport. Amanda has been working in Sports Development for over 15 years and started working for Hockey Wales in 2002, left the organisation for a while, and came back to Hockey in 2012. Amanda has an amazing little family with a few Welsh Caps between herself and her ex-professional rugby player partner. She has more though!
Club Development Officer - North Wales
Based in our North Wales office, Tom is responsible for the development of hockey in North Wales and is keen to work with anybody who has an interest in the sport to help it develop and grow throughout the region. Tom’s previous role was at the University of Chester where he was a big advocate for team and recreational sport, before joining Hockey Wales and being a part of exciting projects such as the North Wales Men’s Summer 7s and the Eirias Park Hockey Hub.