Ice Hockey UK (IHUK) are pleased to announce the appointment of four new Non-Executive Directors to the board.

As part of the ongoing governance work being carried out, which will underpin the organisation’s ambitions over the coming years, the National Governing Body’s board will see Claire Herbert, David Clarke, Dean Hardman and Faye Andrews join officially today, 1st September 2023.

Claire Herbert
With more than 17 years’ experience in litigation, Claire is a partner with the Gateley Group. Claire has defended and supported clients in a range of disputes, including media litigation, contractual claims, professional negligence, shareholder/partnership disputes and has particular experience in advising clients in the sports sector. Claire was also appointed a Non-Executive Director of Nottingham’s National Ice Centre earlier this year and is an avid support of the GB ice hockey teams.

David Clarke
David is one of the top British players to play the sport, scoring 67 points in 92 appearances for Great Britain, winning a gold, three silver and two bronze medals. David spent the majority of his career with Elite League side Nottingham Panthers who retired his #5 shirt on his retirement and he was inducted into the UK Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018. He runs a hockey academy in Nottingham and continues to deliver hockey camps across the country. Away from the sport, David works across multiple sectors and sporting disciplines as Head of Performance at a global human sciences consultancy.

Dean Hardman
Dean has worked in professional sport for almost 20 years, most recently as the Tournament Director for the Rugby League World Cup. Dean is committed to delivering sport in an integrity-focussed way to achieve optimal outcomes for all participants. He also serves on Badminton England’s Disciplinary Committee and is a Chair of UK Sport’s Eligibility Committee.

Faye Andrews
Faye has been playing ice hockey for 25 years and has been an on-ice official since 2011. She gained her IIHF officials licence in 2017 and has officiated at numerous Olympic Qualification and World Championship tournaments during that time. Faye joined the EIHA board as a director in 2021 and is about to start her third season in charge of the Women’s National Ice Hockey League. Outside of ice hockey, Faye is a business analyst with experience in transformation, GDPR, IT and strategic planning.

Henry Staelens, Chief Executive Officer at IHUK, said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to all applicants who took part in a very competitive process. It was pleasing to see the level of interest and passion there is for our sport, as well as the belief that we are moving in the right direction.

“It’s fantastic to welcome Claire, David, Dean and Faye to the IHUK board. They each bring a valuable set of skills and experiences to the mix, with a blend of knowledge from both inside and outside of the sport. It further highlights the process we are going through at IHUK to evolve our organisation to be the absolute best it can be.”

Clifton Wrottesley, Chair of IHUK, said: “To be able to bring on people of such high calibre to the board, who have so much to offer, will help refresh and bolster the work we are already undertaking at Ice Hockey UK.

“I very much look forward to working with all the directors who bring crucial experience, as we continue to drive Ice Hockey UK forward over a very exciting next few years.”