England Hockey has announced the appointment of Royston Hoggarth as its new chair of the Board ©Linkedin

England Hockey has announced the appointment of Royston Hoggarth as its new chair of the Board, replacing the outgoing Philip Kimberley, who is standing down from the role after more than 12 years’ service.

Hoggarth has a wealth of experience across a range of organisations in the commercial, financial services, telecoms, technology sectors and in venture capital.

He is currently involved at Board level in a number of organisations where he is responsible for strategic direction, long term vision and performance.

Since 2002, Royston has held the position of non-executive director and chair of the audit committee for Intercede Plc, a leading software business.

From 2006, he has chaired IPSL Limited, a joint venture business established in 2000 to create the UK’s leading provider of cheque related services to the UK banking industry.

His previous roles have included chief executive roles at Cable and Wireless Plc and BT Global Services and Board roles for the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) Helpline, in addition to IT and mobile technology companies.

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Royston Hoggarth will take over as chairman of England Hockey at an exciting time for the sport ©Getty Images

His appointment at England Hockey is effective as of October 1, when he will be officially handed the reigns.

"I am delighted to be joining the Board of England Hockey at such an exciting time in the development of the sport,” said Hoggarth.

“I am looking forward to working with the Board and the hockey community at all levels to help raise the sport’s profile and make hockey one of the leading sports in the UK.”

Kimberley added: “I will be sad to leave in the autumn but believe that in Royston the panel has selected an extremely experienced businessman and one who will be able to lead the Board in continuing to take the sport forward.

“I look forward to working with Royston over the next three months as I hand over my duties.”

Alongside his Board commitments and fundraising activities, Hoggarth is a hockey umpire and coach and also enjoys cricket, skiing and water sports.

Andy Tapley, chair of the appointments panel, added: “Replacing Philip Kimberley after such outstanding service was always going to be challenging.

“I am delighted that we attracted a number of excellent candidates and Royston has clearly demonstrated, not only a passion for taking England Hockey forward, but also a wide range of experience leading Boards in a variety of commercial sectors.”

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is set to host the European Hockey Championships from August 21 to 30.

It is also due to stage the Men’s World League Round 3 in 2017 and the Hockey Women’s World Cup in 2018.

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