HOCKEY WALES STAFF
DELIVERING WORLD CLASS HOCKEY EXPERIENCES
Chief Executive Officer
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 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 passion for hockey and a desire for Hockey Wales to become a successful high performing organisation.
On retiring from elite sport, Ria became a board of director before joining the team in 2017 as Head of Development and progressing to Chief Executive in December 2019. Alongside her passion for hockey, she enjoys cycling, running and spending time with her family, and the new love in her life, her son.
Director of Performance
Kevin has moved into the role of Director of Performance and will now be responsible for our Performance and Pathway programmes and staff as well as our team of Coach Developers.
Outside of this role, Kevin is the Senior Women’s programme Head Coach, which is how he began his relationship with Hockey Wales in March 2016.
Hockey is clearly a passion which drives Kevin, he would definitely refer to himself as a Hockey badger, and he has enjoyed a long lasting relationship with the sport as a player and as a coach whilst also previously enjoying time in his career as a teacher.
At home, Kevin has a hugely supportive wife and together they love the time they spend as a family with their two young boys.
In the role of Director of Performance, Kevin is particularly looking forward to helping shape and support the future of the Performance programmes with both the staff and the players and to continue the rebuilding of the player Pathway to ensure it is a fun and purposeful environment that is player centred in its ethos and helps develop the next generation of Wales senior players and some that will hopefully go on to represent Great Britain.
Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, Tom's role is to ensure Hockey in Wales is delivered, facilitated and supported as efficiently as possible. The role has specific focus on Systems, Facility project support, grant funding and fine tuning processes to enable Hockey Wales to deliver World Class Hockey Experiences.
Tom has been with the organisation since 2016, and previously worked in the North Wales region. He likes to spend his free time outdoors whether that’s running, hiking or playing hockey. Tom is also a keen Aston Villa fan so some fresh air can do him good sometimes!
Business Support Manager
Jane's duties include first point of contact for general enquiries (phone & email), payment of invoices, bookings at Sport Wales National Centre and other facilities, registration of members via Sport80 (HW affiliation system) for clubs and individuals (including Masters & Exiles), general administrative support for CEO including HR / Staff related issues, minutes & paperwork for General Meeting, Board Meetings and Competitions TAG.
She joined Hockey Wales in 2012 but has been involved with hockey since leaving school, playing for Porthcawl & then Pontypridd Hockey Club, including representing Wales in EHF Indoor club competitions, secretary of Porthcawl, Pontypridd, Glamorgan & South Wales as well as a member of South Wales Women’s Hockey Association competitions group.
Jane is currently a member and Technical Official of WHUA, treasurer of South Wales Youth Hockey Association and Trustee and Treasurer of Friends of Welsh Hockey.
Married to Steve, Jane can usually be found pitch side at Pencoed on a Saturday afternoon!
Schools and Community Manager
Steve is a first class BA (Hons) and PGCE graduate who is a winner of national sports coaching and community awards in Wales. He has extensive experience of working across the sports development sector having worked in school, club and community settings as well as in several education roles. Steve is a qualified sports coach, tutor, mentor, assessor and IQA and works externally for a range of sports organisations delivering coach education.
Steve’s role within Hockey Wales is to engage schools through national initiatives, festivals and competitions and to work closely with community clubs to ensure that there are clear pathways for children and young people to successfully transition in to in order to sustain their participation.
Business Support Officer
Alice started playing hockey at her local hockey club, Llanfair Ladies, when she was 7 and she went on to join the Young Ambassador Programme as a Silver when she was 12. 8 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.
Due to being a full time student studying Sport Management at Cardiff Met University, Alice works part time for Hockey Wales organising kit, completing DBS’ as well as working in the Engagement working group, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group as a Diversity Champion and supporting staff where needed with research projects and translation pieces.
In her spare time Alice plays hockey, competes in athletics and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
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.
Director of Relationships
Hannah is an outdoor loving, hockey passionate who has been part of the Hockey Wales family for several years now.
Hannah’s role as Director of Relationships covers a breadth of holistic work across the organisation and will include the national engagement of clubs, focussing on club governance and helping support the sustainability and future of the clubs. A main factor of truly delivering on the organisations Strategic Intent, Hannah will be the face of building relationships and partnerships to help Hockey in Wales increase its capacity to deliver world class experiences, it will be an important role to ensure partners of Hockey Wales feel valued and maintain an invested interest in the organisation and play a key role in growing our sport.
Outside of work, you will find her spending time with family and friends, exploring new places with her pugs and looking for new experiences and opportunities.
Finance Officer & Company Secretary
Chris is responsible for finances and insurance renewals and is shortly to commence work on the history of Welsh hockey although he remains involved on a voluntary basis with the development of Welsh technical officials.
Chris is the longest serving member of staff of Hockey Wales, having joined the organisation in July 2000. He has been a member of Newport HC (now Gwent) since 1974.
Most Saturdays he can be found on a pitch in Wales and the West having taken up umpiring over 25 years ago. He is actively involved as a Technical Official with EHF and FIH having received numerous appointments throughout Europe, with the highlights being the EHF Championships (GER), FIH Champions Trophy (ENG) and EHF Indoor Club Cup (POL).
When not involved with hockey, Chris spends time fund raising 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.
Amanda (a.k.a. Bobs) is a retired International Hockey Player and it is through playing that she has so much passion in her role. Having been with Hockey Wales since 2012, Amanda has over 15 years experience in Sports Development.
Her role as Events Manager will include delivering world class events and competitions for clubs and members across Wales from grassroots to elite, quality assure all events and competitions and raise the profile of events through the whole event experience, both on and off the pitch.
Outside of work, you will find her spending time and getting creative with her daughter, cycling or walking and spending time with family and friends.
People Development Manager
Moving from her previous role as Club Development Officer, Gabby will be managing people development. The main theme Gabby will be focusing on, is ensuring that all volunteers who are involved in delivering Hockey in Wales feel supported. This will involve creating and implementing a volunteer development programme and taking the reins of our YA programme.
With a degree in BSc (Hons) Sport Studies, Gabby brings a vast amount of knowledge from her broad range of experience coaching and working abroad with UK International Soccer and Disney Cruise Line, as well as her previous employment 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. To broaden her expertise, she is also currently completing a PGCE in Primary Education, part time alongside her work commitments.
Anthea has not been with Hockey Wales that long. As Performance Manager, Anthea will oversee all activity across the Pathway from our 360 Centres, RPC Centres, NAG programmes, as well as the Senior squads - ensuring that all training sessions, camps and competitions are organised accordingly whilst continuing to be an advocate for the organisations core values and beliefs concentrating on our person centred approach whilst delivering world class experiences for all our hockey family.
During the busier periods of activity...life is hockey and despite it being so hectic at times the rewards far outweigh everything, especially when you get the opportunity to see the development of all hockey players, the experiences they gained by so many and the love for hockey so evident.
Outside of work, you will find Anthea on the pitch herself and when not there she is out exploring and finding new adventures with her two boys, black lab, family and friends.
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 hiw own knowledge and skill set.
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.