A fond farewell to Debra Barker

A fond farewell to Debra Barker

After five and a half years with Hockey Wales, Debra Barker will be leaving to take up a new role with SportEd.


As the former North Wales Regional Manager and more recently Head of Growing the Game, Debra will join SportEd as North Wales Project Development Officer.

Throughout her time at Hockey Wales, Debra has worked passionately to promote hockey across North Wales and the country as a whole. Her tireless efforts have seen the establishment of the North Wales Regional Board, development of the South Wales Regional Board, achievement of the Intermediate Equality Award, introduction of the GB wide ‘HockeyFest’ and facilities collaboration work with FAW and WRU.

Debra said:

“Leaving Hockey Wales has been an incredibly tough decision. Hockey has and will always be my passion. When I moved into the role of Head of Growing the Game I was so proud to have my dream job, however the time is now right for me to move on. Working with the team has been the best thing about my role and I have made some great friends both within the Hockey Wales staff team and through the amazing hockey family that make sport happen on the ground”

Her work to encourage greater collaboration between clubs, working with other Governing Bodies and facilities development has helped put hockey in a much stronger position than it has ever been and with exciting prospects for the future. Even though Debra will not be here ahead of this summer’s European Challenges for both the Senior Men and Womens teams, Debra leaves behind her legacy through the Hoci Heroes programme and various other initiatives through the European Legacy Programme. She added:

“The work ethic and passion within hockey is incredible. Personally, I would like to thank all the clubs, workforce, my colleagues, and all those that make hockey happen in Wales, and I wish them all the very best for the future”


“I am excited for my next chapter with SportEd and hope to see some of you when I continue to play hockey each weekend for my club and as a volunteer at events”

David Phenis, Chief Executive for Hockey Wales said:

“Debra will be sorely missed by all at Hockey Wales. Her energy and passion for hockey is infectious, and our loss is most definitely SportEd’s gain. It’s great to hear that she will continue to remain in the sport that she is most passionate about, both as a player and a volunteer. I would like to thank Debra for everything she has done for hockey in Wales, and on behalf of everyone, wish her the best of luck in her new role”

In the coming weeks Hockey Wales will be advertising for Debra’s role. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information in due course.