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


Lisa Pinney - Chair

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.


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.


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.


Derrick Heaton-Rue - Elected Director 


Paul Riley - Elected Director


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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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:

  1. Strategy – Directors should constructively challenge and help develop proposals on vision and strategy
  2. Performance – Directors should scrutinise the performance of management, particularly the CEO, in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance
  3. Risk – Directors should satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
  4. 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.