Prior to joining Hockey Wales, Ria was Director 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 coaching.
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. 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.
Having joined Hockey Wales in 2017 as Head of Development, Ria became Interim CEO in February 2019 and her formal appointment was confirmed in the December. Alongside her role with Hockey Wales Ria is also currently completing her masters in Leadership in Sport.
Head of Pathway
Kevin began in the role as Head of Pathway in September 2019 but has been working for Hockey Wales since March 2016 as our Senior Women’s programme Head Coach.
Coming from a teaching and education background where he was a middle leader and Physical Education teacher, his passion for Hockey led him towards working full time as a coach and Academy Manager at Tonbridge school and then most recently as Director of Hockey at Bede’s school.
Outside of his work commitments, Kevin spends his time playing Hockey for his local club, engaging wherever possible with his love of music, enjoying watching other sports and most importantly spending time with his wife and two sons.
Kevin looks to bring his long experience of the game at all levels into his Head of Pathway role, developing a clear and consistent transition strategy for young players within our talent system.
Communications and Marketing Lead
Since beginning her career at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Nia has been fortunate to work in a number of roles within different business sectors, but with a primary focus on sport where she has worked for organisations including the WRU, Rugby World Cup (1999), Fusion Sponsorship and Funding and most recently with BowlsWales.
Nia really enjoys all sports, but her real passion lies with hockey having been involved with the game as a player, volunteer, youth coach and now as a parent.
She sees this role with Hockey Wales as an opportunity to promote the positive benefits sport plays in people’s lives, particularly in relation to both physical and mental well-being.
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.
Club Development Officer - South West Wales
Amanda (A.K.A Bobs), is a retired hockey player with a few caps to her name, it’s through playing hockey that she has so much passion for her role.
The primary focus of Amanda’s role is to support and develop schools, clubs and other community organisations to grow hockey across South West Wales.
In her spare time, Amanda loves spending time with family and friends and having fun with her daughter.
South African born Anthea spent most of her childhood in Cape Town, where she became a very enthusiastic sportswomen, enjoying both hockey and tennis and competing at high levels in both.
Having moved to the UK in 2000, her understanding, appreciation and passion for both sport and travel were broadened and, following a BA Degree in Management with Leisure and Tourism, she went on to work with PGL as a representative at their summer camps and within the ski department as a school’s representative.
She worked at Gullivers Sports Travel for a year as a schools and clubs tour coordinator, before immigrating to Dubai for 5 years where she took the time to explore her cultural understanding and travel experiences, visiting many new countries.
Having had the opportunity to travel and visit so many amazing places, she has now settled in Wales with her husband, two young boys and her dog Meg. They spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors and going on camping adventures as a family.
Anthea joined LWTL in 2016 where she organised memorable tours for young sports players from schools & clubs, arranging for them to visit different countries all over the world, in particular South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and the Caribbean, as well as a number of European destinations.
She brings both her wealth of experience and passion for hockey to the role of Performance Coordinator.
Business Support Officer
Alice started playing hockey at her local hockey club in Mid Wales when she was 7 and she went on to join the Young Ambassador Programme as a Silver when she was 12. 6 years on and Alice is now a Platinum YA, a member of the Steering Group, a WHUA Technical Official and she is the Youth Representative on the Hockey Wales Board.
In her spare time Alice competes in athletics (hammer and javelin) and was a county netball player.
Alice is currently studying Sport Management at Cardiff Met University and so she works 2 days a week in the office as BSO alongside Jane.
Performance Support Officer
Gareth has been involved with Hockey Wales as a player since 2008 and is still playing today as part of the Wales Senior Men's squad. He spent a couple years playing professional hockey in Holland too, and is now studying a masters at Cardiff Metropolitan University whilst playing for their performance club team, Cardiff & Met, throughout the season.
A self-confessed sports nut, Jonathan has been involved in sport all his life. During his playing experiences he was fortunate enough to represent his country at Age Grade levels and progressed to becoming a professional rugby player for 10 years.
He has a rich sporting educational background having obtained his BSc Degree from Cardiff Met, Post Grad in Education from Cambridge University and a MSc in Performance Coaching from USW.
Jonathan has held many coaching positions within both the community and performance side of sport, and has 12 years of experience as a coach developer with the WRU where his main role is to create support programmes and structures to ensure high quality development is available to coaches, whether starting their coaching journey or being an integral part of the pathway.
He is looking forward to establishing new relationships, bringing his experiences, and playing a part in developing the next generation of Hockey coaches in Wales.
Head of Development
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.
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 a Trustee of Friends of Welsh Hockey. 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 and Hockey Wales Board.
Finance Officer and Company Secretary
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.
Chris is now responsible for finances alone although he remains 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 25 years ago. He has been involved as a 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 London (2016) and the European Indoor Club Cup in Poland in 2020.
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 has also served as Area 4 President for two terms.
Club Development Officer - Mid Wales
A hockey player himself, since age 10, Elliot brings with him a wealth of knowledge; holding both an undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and a postgraduate degree in MSc Sport Management.
Elliot describes both as integral to his understanding around how to increase participation in sport; ultimately using it to change people’s live.
Club Development Officer - South East Wales
Having played many sports as a child, Hockey was the only sport that Gabby was a member of outside of school and she played for her county during her early teens.
With a degree in BSc (Hons) Sport Studies, Gabby brings a vast amount of knowledge from her broad range of experience coaching and working with children abroad, as well as previously working with Wales' leading charity for girls and women, Girlguiding Cymru as their Sports Development Officer.
Gabby is passionate about seeing every person having the opportunity to participate in sport, and that every child is physically literate.
Media and Digital Marketing Officer
Rob started working for Hockey Wales as Media Officer whilst studying for a Sports Broadcast MSc at Cardiff Met. During his studies he often produced coverage of the Cardiff Met Hockey Club.
Rob started his career in media through studying Sports Journalism at the University of East London where he also played for the UEL Hockey Club at Lee Valley.
Rob has experience working in media at organisations including West Ham United and BT Sport. He has covered a range of sports from Premier League football to the World Chess Championship.
Born and brought up in North Wales, Tim has always been really passionate about sport and engaged in as many sports as a youngster, having attended a really sport oriented school, Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno.
Tim’s first main sport was Badminton for which the school were National Champions 3 years in a row. He then became involved in Football and latterly rugby.
Following school, Tim kept up playing sport but also got involved in coaching and for the last 25 years has been involved with Sports Development as a job, initially Generic work with Local Authority and then into Rugby. During this time he developed a passion for working with and developing people and this led to working in a specific Coach Development Role for the last 12 years, being lucky enough to be nominated for Sport Wales Coach Developer of the Year in 2012.
Tim lives near Colwyn Bay with his family and enjoys cycling, films and travel which sport has provided through playing and work, having been to Ukraine, Italy, Holland, France and as far as New Zealand as well as many other destinations on holiday and touring.
He is excited to be joining Hockey Wales to share his knowledge and experience and develop his own knowledge and skill set.
Former Wales Under 21 Women and current Cardiff Met National League Head Coach, Walid Abdo, has been appointed as one of the new Hockey Wales Coach Developers.
Walid joins the Hockey Wales Staff with an extensive coaching and playing career. As well as having been himself a Senior Welsh International, he brings with him over 20 years of experience from coaching in the National League with Cardiff Met and Welsh National Age Group Squads.
Walid, who is originally from Cardiff, is excited to be stepping into the role and continue the progress made in this area.
He has been involved in a number of league and European campaigns and looks forward to sharing his experiences and knowledge.
Walid currently works at Y Pant School as a PE Teacher and is the Head of Pupil Support which largely deals with Child Protection and Wellbeing issues.