Conrad Funnell


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.


Anne Barratt

Elected Director - Member Engagement & Participation

Anne brings a holistic perspective of hockey to the Board. Over the last three decades Anne has held numerous roles on the Howardian Hockey Club committee including Club Captain and Chair for 15+ years. She has been involved in the development of a youth section of the Club, assisted in the coaching of the Cardiff & Vale U15 team, has been a Club, Welsh Mixed & Welsh Masters player, a Wales Masters Manager and a Level 2 umpire.  

Away from hockey Anne is an Administrator in Research & Innovation Services at Cardiff Metropolitan University working with staff at all levels, external businesses and stakeholders to achieve key organisational and project strategic objectives.

Anne is married to Alan with one daughter, Millie, who has just started University.

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David Francis

Finance Director

David has a career spanning more than 20 years spent working for a number of large UK corporates in a variety of global finance roles.  Most recently David spent 4 years as Finance Director for Johnson Matthey’s Clean Air Sector, joining from BP’s Lubricants business (Castrol) where he was Head of Finance for Global Supply Chain, Marketing & Technology; he was also Global Head of Financial Control and Internal Audit. 

Prior to that David spent 10 years at Diageo in a variety of finance roles, starting in Audit and Risk and finishing as FD for Global Travel Retail, the Middle East & North Africa.

David has a wide range of experience across all aspects of the finance function from systems & process implementation and governance (particularly SAP) to commercial finance & pricing, control and compliance and performance management. 

David is a Chartered Accountant with an MA in French and Spanish from Oxford University.  He lives in Raglan with his wife, Vicki and has 2 sons who split their time between South Wales and South West London.  David is also a Non Executive Board member at Audit Wales and a Board Trustee at the Brandon Trust.


Sian Trew

Communications & Engagement Director

Sian was appointed to the board in 2020 to advise on digital engagement and communications. An experienced communications and PR leader, Sian currently works as Head of Communications and Engagement in the NHS, where she leads external affairs, PR and digital communications. Prior to this she worked in sports PR, notably leading communications and media relations for the British Paralympic Association up to and during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. She has worked across a number of major sports events, including the World Rowing Championships, the Boat Race and the Commonwealth Games.  


A big sports fan, since moving away from sports PR, Sian has continued working in the sports sector in a voluntary capacity, including working as a Games Maker in press operations at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  


Outside of work, Sian is a keen (amateur) runner and has completed two marathons. She is kept busy by her three children and dog.   

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Robert Croft

Performance Director

Swansea born Robert Croft MBE, played county cricket for 23 seasons and represented both England and Wales during his career.

Beginning his career with Glamorgan CCC, he remained with the team for over two decades as a player.

Making his England debut in 1996 against Pakistan, he played in some of the nation’s most famous games and understands exactly what it takes to perform at elite level.

Representing England in 21 Test Matches and 50 One Day Internationals, he retired from his international career in 2006.

Following a distinguished playing career, Robert joined the Glamorgan coaching set up as an assistant coach, before becoming head coach in 2016, retiring from the role in 2018 leaving behind a 30-year association with the club.

Robert received an MBE for his services to his sport in 2013.

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Bill Riley

Elected Director - Member Engagement & Participation

Bill 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, Bill 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 are desperate and have reached the bottom of the barrel and need a body he still enjoys playing hockey.


Derrick Heaton-Rue

Elected Director - Member Engagement & Participation

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.


Rebecca Knight

Senior Independent Director - Legal

Rebecca is an Associate lawyer for Cardiff based family law firm, Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice. Rebecca lives in Rogerstone and began her career with the firm in 2011, subsequently qualifying as a solicitor in 2014. In less than two years of being qualified she was promoted to an associate and continued to build a strong reputation. Rebecca is ranked in the Legal 500 as conscientious and straight talking.

Rebecca brings with her legal expertise and an outside perspective for the development and growth of Hockey Wales. 

Rebecca is also an organiser of leading networking club – South Wales Ladies Business Club.

Away from work Rebecca enjoys spending time with her rescue dog and family.


Laurence Miller

Commercial Director

Laurence was appointed to the board in 2020 to help guide the organisation’s Commercial capability.


As the Sponsorship Strategy Lead at Manchester United FC, he oversees Strategic and Operational aspects of how the club attracts and retains its vast portfolio of Global Partners. Laurence has developed a global, regional and product segmentation sponsorship strategy which aims to monetize the value of the Manchester United brand and community of worldwide fans.


Prior to this, Laurence worked for Management Consulting firm Accenture, specialising the Capital Markets division.


Laurence is an avid amateur cyclist and runner, and enjoys catching up with his family at The Rec where they have held season tickets supporting Bath Rugby his entire life.