The Board of Directors ensure that Hockey Wales is a well governed, forward thinking and progressive organisation. In this section you can find out more about our Board Members and the role they play.
The Current Board of Directors
Richard Proctor - Chair
Richard Proctor is Chief Executive Officer of Bay Leisure Ltd, a not for profit company based in Swansea. Richard has been in this role for 5 years in which time the company has opened and operates the LC Leisure Complex, Simply Gym (a low cost gym) and in partnership with Swansea University, 360 Beach & Watersports centre. Richard has worked in health, fitness and leisure since graduating from Liverpool University. He has worked for various organisations including Cannons Health & Fitness and David Lloyd Leisure, at the time part of Whitbread, in a number of different roles including Head of Business Change and Regional Director. Richard was appointed in July 2013 to the Board as an Appointed Director and then as Chair in October 2013. Richard was then appointed as an Elected Director at the AGM in July 2014 for a three year term and will continue to serve as Chair of the Board. Richards’s term is due for review in July 2017.
Sheila Morrow - Elected Director
After teaching PE for 17 years, Sheila went on to work for both the Sports Council for Wales and Sport England retiring from the latter in 2004. Her main area of responsibility with both organisations was providing a range of support services to governing bodies of sport to help increase their efficiency and improve their effectiveness and included developing policy and processes for the distribution of both exchequer and lottery funding to sport. Sheila’s hockey credentials include representing both Wales (112 caps) and Great Britain (24 caps) as a player and as an umpire (FIH Grade 1) and latterly as an FIH Category 1 Technical Official. Sheila is also a member of the Great Britain Hockey Board. Sheila was originally an Appointed Director and then elected to the Board in 2011 and again in 2014 for a three-year term until the AGM in 2017.
Rob Williams - Elected Director
Rob is a qualified Surveyor graduating from the University of Glamorgan and is employed as Capital Allowances and Business Rates Manager by Welsh Water, a not for profit based company governed by members. Prior to this Rob had a spell working with Tarmac as an Estates Surveyor. Rob has 21 years’ service working within Welsh Waters Treasury section, which looks at funding streams for the business and cash expenditure. Rob is used to working on large multi-million pound projects as well as large number small value projects and developing strategies for the business. Rob is a UKCC Level 2 coach and Level 1 umpire. He is the head coach of Colwyn Bay Junior Section and has been appointed head coach of Colwyn Bay ladies. Rob has played hockey in the North West, North Wales and South Wales leagues over the past 25 years. Rob was first elected to the Board in 2010, re-elected at the AGM in 2013 and 2016 for a further three year term until the AGM in 2019.
Lisa Pinney - Appointed Director
Lisa is a qualified accountant and is currently employed by RCT Homes, Wales’s largest social housing organisation as Finance Director and Group Company Secretary. She is also Managing Director of Homeforce Ltd, RCT Homes commercial subsidiary. With over 20 year’s experience, her career has spanned many sectors including international commercial organisations, education and housing. Lisa is still an active member of her local hockey club and along with playing, she is a qualified coach who supports the junior team and also umpires. Lisa is a school governor at the local comprehensive school where her two teenage sons attend. Lisa’s other passions include cycling whether it be on the road but preferably in the mountains. She is an active member of her local bike club and is a qualified trail centre leader.
Ria Male - Elected Director
Many members will be familiar with Ria Male. Ria has represented Wales at both junior and senior level in a career that has spanned two decades, and was most notably part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Ria brings an invaluable insight into hockey within Wales from her experience representing Wales, and more recently her engagement with the hockey family from coaching at Welsh club level, at 360 centres and with the Welsh Masters. Despite retiring from Hockey, Ria has far more to offer the sport in Wales and will now look to instil the same passion and drive at which she played at a governance level. Whilst Ria brings an athlete focussed approach to the board, from a professional perspective working in a third sector organisation, Ria is a director of a charity that inspires people to be more active, included, healthy and knowledgeable. Reaching over 30,000 people throughout South Wales every year, the charity uses the power of sport & education to change lives. As such, Ria is very familiar with policy changes and government funding cuts. Income generation, fundraising and contract negotiations are crucial in this line of work and Ria certainly brings some valuable insight to the Hockey Wales board.
Conrad Funnell - Elected Director
Conrad has played hockey for a Welsh club and with the Welsh Masters, and has been a passionate hockey player for over 30 years. As Conrad’s children started their own hockey journey, he turned his hand to coaching the juniors at his local club and can often be found on Sunday mornings developing the next generation of hockey players. Conrad followed a path of Business & Computing at University which led to working in the IT sector with organisations, such as BT, Vodafone, Unilever, O2, Roche, Fitness First, Willis & Royal Mail in consulting, leadership and delivery roles. Conrad has a wealth of experience of working in industry, management consultancy and now, at one of the largest and most innovative software companies in the world where he advises CXO level customers. In his current role, Conrad works on some of the most exciting projects in the world - each of which starts with a vision, and Conrad helps to develop their strategic plan and a path of implementation to enable their business and turn that dream into reality. This experience and mind-set will undoubtedly add value to the Hockey Wales board.
Vinny Webb - Appointed Director
As the current Head of Coaching and Education at British Cycling and former Head of Coach Development for the Rugby Football League, Vinny brings with him significant experience in coaching, player development and the world of performance sport. Vinny will be a tremendous asset to Hockey Wales in the advancement of coaching and coach education, an area in which the organisation has highlighted for development. As well as his professional accolades Vinny has an impressive academic background, which include him currently working towards a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (Coaching) at the University of Central Lancashire, as well as coaching papers published in the Journal of Sport Sciences. He also served three years as an elected member of the UK Coaching Advisory Group to represent National Governing Bodies of sport at policy and strategy level, and was previously named Coach Educator of the Year at the Sports Coach UK National Coaching Awards.
The Board's role
The Hockey Wales's Board of Directors are the key decision making body for the Company
The Hockey Wales Board consists of up to nine (maximum) Directors comprising:
- Up to 5 Elected Directors.
- Up to 3 Appointed Directors.
- The Chief Executive Officer (who also fulfils role of Company Secretary).
Elected Directors are appointed for a term of three years, Appointed Directors for one year terms and the CEO’s term is not time limited.
Role of the Board of Directors
The Hockey Wales Board’s role is to:
- Provide leadership and expertise in a specific area to the company within the framework of prudent and effective controls that enable risk to be assessed and managed
- Set the Hockey Wales’s vision and strategic aims and ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the company to meet its objectives, and review management performance
- Set the Hockey Wales values and standards and ensure that its obligations to the Hockey Wales members and others are understood and met.
Key elements of a Director’s role
The following four headline elements summarise the Directors role in generic terms:
- Strategy – Directors should constructively challenge and help develop proposals on vision and strategy
- Performance – Directors should scrutinise the performance of management, particularly the CEO, in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance
- Risk – Directors should satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
- People & information – Directors should constantly seek to establish and maintain confidence in the conduct of the company as well as a need to build recognition of their contribution in order to promote openness and trust amongst fellow board and their membership.
All Hockey Wales Directors are expected to:
- Uphold the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity.
- Bring valuable, external experience to the board.
- Support, where and when necessary, the CEO in their leadership of the business while monitoring their conduct.
- Support and work with the relevant staff member for the portfolio.
- Question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and decide dispassionately.
- Listen sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside the board.
- Gain trust and respect of other board members.
- Promote the highest standards of corporate governance for the Hockey Wales and seeks compliance wherever possible.
- Promote the strategic interests of the Hockey Wales internally and externally.
- Must not put themselves in a position where the interests of the Hockey Wales conflict with personal interests or duty to a third party.
Eligibility to be a Company Director
Subject to any provision in the company's articles, any person can be a Director unless they have been disqualified from so acting under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or by being an undischarged bankrupt.
Note also that a Director or shadow Director of a company which has gone into insolvent liquidation is prohibited for five years from being a director or shadow director, or being involved in the formation or running of a company which has the same, or a very similar, name to the liquidated company. (Insolvency Act 1986, sec216).
Finally all applicants must be 16 years of age or over and should be a Hockey Wales registered participant.