Hockey Wales Board of Directors ensure that Hockey is a well governed, forward thinking and progressive organisation. Below are some more details about what they do, who they are and how you can also get involved.

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 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 of Hockey Wales

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.  

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The Current Board of Directors

Directors are elected for three year terms of office at the Annual General Meeting (date of re-election detailed against each Director), with Appointed Directors confirmed on an annual basis.

 Richard Proctor - Chairman
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
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
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 and then re-elected at the AGM in 2013 for a three-year term until the AGM in 2016.

 Helen Humphrey
Helen Humphrey - Appointed Director

Helen spent 29 years with McDonald's Restaurants Ltd, joining as a 16 year old 'crew member'. Helen had a varied career with McDonald's, holding positions in Restaurant Operations, Training and Development and IT before becoming Vice President National Operations in 2006. Helen has been a recipient of numerous awards including the McDonald's President's Award, given to the top 1% of management employees worldwide. In 2009 she received the Everywoman Women in Retail award in recognition of her work setting up McDonald's UK Women's Leadership Network and Women's Leadership Development Programme. Since leaving McDonald's Helen has become Chair of the newly formed Sport Wales Advisory Group. Helen was appointed to the Board in July 2013 and her term is due for review in July 2014.

 Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas - Elected Director

Sarah Thomas is a double Olympian who scored the winning goal at the London 2012 Olympic Games to secure the bronze medal for Great Britain’s women’s hockey team. She is now based in Henley on Thames and works for Firstkind Medical as Director of International Sport, where she manages and is responsible for all the key sports accounts both in the UK and globally. Sarah joined the Hockey Wales Board in October 2014 as an Elected Director appointed by the Board replacing Karen Evans elected role. Sarah will remain in post until the summer of either 2015 or 2016.

Sarah remains actively involved in Hockey offering support to welsh athletes aspiring to play for Great Britain and also coaches the U14 girls section at her local Hockey Club in Wycombe. Sarah is also a frequent commentator now for major FIH world events including the World Cup 2014 in The Hague and the Womens Champions Trophy in Argentina 2014. 

 Debbie Jarvis
Debbie Jarvis - Appointed Director

Debbie was educated at a girls school in Derby that played all the traditional sports, which is where her love of hockey started.  She went on to the University of Kent at Canterbury, still playing hockey. Debbie has enjoyed a varied career working in the City of London in the financial services sector through the Citizens Advice Bureau providing community based advice to working for the Local Authority in a public focused role and more recently a security based capacity for Powys County Council. Debbie is Chair of Governors in an Infants School and also a governor at her local secondary school and the Vice Chair of Llanfair Hockey Club, Debbie is a keen sports fan as are her family.  Debbie was elected to the Board at the AGM in 2013 for a three-year term until the AGM in 2016.


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.

Anne Ellis - President

Anne has been a servant of the game of Hockey and of all sport in Wales for a number of years. She played and captained the Welsh national side from 1963 to 1980 and was also Captain of the Great Britain Team from 1977 to 1980. After she retired in 1980, she coached both the Welsh national side and the Great Britain Women’s Team. In 1980 she was awarded an MBE for her services to Welsh and British Hockey.

Anne has held a number of roles with Sports Council for Wales, Welsh Sports Association and the Commonwealth Games Council acting as the Chef De Mission at the 2006 Games in Melbourne and, is still to this day, the President of the organisation. She has held many roles with the EHF and FIH as well as finding time to help do the teas and coffees on a Saturday afternoon at her club, Swansea City. Anne has filed many roles for Hockey Wales including Chair of the Board and latterly President. Anne was re-elected as President at the AGM in 2013 for a further three-year term until 2016.

Want to get involved?

Do you think you have the experience and skills necessary to help take Hockey forward in Wales today? If so get in contact with Helen Bushell and request more information