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John WillmottJohn Willmott – Chair

John Willmott has hockey in his blood as he has been attending hockey matches for most weeks of his life since his birth and has regularly attended many festivals at home and abroad. He still plays veterans hockey for Southgate and summer hockey for Pistons. He has been President of both and has been a Chairman of several businesses over the years. He is a Trustee of Sportsaid’s Eastern Region and a recently retired Chair of a prep school.

John is married with five children and lives in Hungerford, Berkshire. He is from the fifth generation of a family run construction and property company and sat on the National Council of the Chartered Institute of Building. In addition and following his involvement as the Stadium Director for the 1986 Hockey World Cup in London, he became an artificial turf pitch consultant. This was then followed by working as a volunteer at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul for GB Hockey and the British Olympic Association. He has worked on many of the elite hockey installations throughout the UK and for a variety of school and university sports facilities including making many grant aid applications. John was also appointed for the 2012 London Olympics hockey training facility at Chigwell which was replicated at Riverbank.

Mike SmithMike Smith – Curator and Trustee

Mike Smith is a 'Baby Boomer' who learned his hockey from the cradle thanks to his hockey enthusiast father who learned his hockey at school in India. He played his first club match at the age of 12 and continued for over fifty years, also taking on administrative roles at club, county and national levels, taking in outdoor, indoor, umpiring and coaching, becoming one of the first Hockey Assocation (HA) coaches in the early 1970s.

In founding specialist hockey company Mercian in 1974, Mike's involvement in hockey became even greater. Shortly after, by marrying hockey player Judy and producing two hockey-playing sons, a total hockey family was created. The birth of Mercian enabled the collection of hockey material of all kinds – maybe the start of The Hockey Museum (THM)?

Involvement in the London World Cup of 1986 saw the first display of hockey memorabilia and planted the seeds of what was to come. In June 1992, with the impending National Hockey Stadium at Milton Keynes, Mike and David Wareham were asked by Phil Appleyard, the then HA President, to become joint honorary curators of The Hockey Museum based at the new stadium. A few ‘ups and downs’ ensued, but in 2011, with Mike retired from Mercian, an offer of a home from Woking Borough Council saw the re-birth of the dream of a dedicated museum for hockey and Mike became one of THM's founder Trustees. The rest, as they say, is history, but that is what THM is all about.

Katie DoddKatie Dodd – England Hockey-nominated Trustee (& former Chair)

Katie Dodd is a graduate of both Edinburgh and London Universities, gaining a doctorate in Plant Pathology in 1975. She worked for the Metropolitan Police Service for 27 years, taking early retirement in 2007 and held a variety of senior management posts and project leads in the strategy, IT and organisational change areas of the Service.

In the world of hockey, Katie gained honours representing England in the late seventies and early eighties in both indoor and outdoor forms of the game where she captained the Indoor team to a bronze medal in the European Indoor Championships. She was also heavily involved in club, county, regional and national administration and coaching. More recently she served for many years as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of England Hockey and has volunteered at many hockey events including the 2012 Olympics. Katie is one of THM’s founder Trustees and has chaired the Board of Trustees since 2011.


philip kimberleyPhilip Kimberley – Trustee (& former Interim Chair)

Philip Kimberley comes to THM with a wealth of experience following a successful business career including twenty years’ senior international leadership (Chair/CE) experience in a ‘blue chip’ multinational company. Chairman of England Hockey from 2002 to 2015, where he led a complete rebuild of the organisation to a position where it is now recognised as one of the best run governing bodies in British sport. Under his stewardship, the organisation set on the road to its highest ever participation figures and was awarded the right to host numerous major events including the 2018 Women’s World Cup. He has also served on other boards, notably UK Sport, Sports Coach UK as well as UK Sport's anti-doping project board. He has been recognised for his considerable contributions to sport being awarded the Community Sport and Recreation Emeritus Award in 2015 and an OBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Philip is also a member and Trustee of Gerrards Cross Hockey Club.


Mike BarfordMike Barford  Treasurer and Trustee

Mike Barford graduated from Cambridge University in 1971 with a degree in Mathematics. After 3 years teaching at Christ's Hospital (CH), he trained as a Chartered Accountant, becoming a partner in 1985 in Deloitte, where he co-founded the Forensic Services Department, specialising in providing expert accounting advice to clients involved in disputes. After retiring in 2003, he was for many years Treasurer of the Surrey Cricket Board and a Trustee of Eastbourne College Inc., and is currently Treasurer of a Charitable Foundation which supports pupils at CH and Treasurer of the University Hockey Match Organising Committee. Mike played hockey for Cambridge University, Sussex and Richmond, of which he is a former 1st XI captain and club President. He also played cricket for Cambridge University, and retains an active role in several cricket clubs. Since 2006, he has led the volunteer team in the CH Museum, where he is Honorary Curator.


David WarehamDavid Wareham – Trustee

David Wareham was born in Woking and has lived in the local area all his life. A Chartered Surveyor, he was, for more than 30 years, the Senior Partner of a local firm, Pearce and Company.

David has been heavily involved in the administration of sport at local, regional and national level, and is an honorary life member of Woking Hockey Club, Middlesex Hockey Umpires Association and Southern Counties Hockey Umpiring Association. With Mike Smith, he is joint founder Curator of The Hockey Museum having been appointed by Phil Appleyard in June 1992, after serving as Philatelic Co-ordinator for the Men’s 1986 World Cup, held in London. David is also a Trustee of The Hockey Youth Trust, which helps schools and clubs at grass roots levels throughout England, as well as four other local Charities. He still regularly umpires hockey for Woking Vets in the Wessex Masters ‘Supervets’ League.

imogen gibbonImogen Gibbon – Trustee

Imogen Gibbon graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Hons) in Art History, subsequently gained an MSc in Archive Administration from Aberystwyth University. From 1997 until 2002 she was Curator of Historic Photographs and Ship Plans at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich before moving on to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2002 to became Senior Curator of the Reference Section. In 2013, she took up her current role of Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery where she has been responsible for initiating and delivering many successful exhibitions.

Imogen says she is thrilled to have been appointed as one of the new Trustees for The Hockey Museum. She added “the development of THM Collection – both the objects and archives  is pivotal to achieving the objective of placing the Museum at the centre of the heritage of hockey in the UK and internationally. I look forward to bringing my twenty-plus years of professional museum and gallery experience to assisting with the development and exhibition of the Collection which by 2020 will be the world’s leading hockey museum and archive”. She is also very much looking forward to her first ‘back to hockey’ session as part of her role as a THM Trustee.

lucy newcombeLucy Newcombe – Trustee

After completing an Aerosystems Engineering degree at Salford University, Lucy Newcombe joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) and was commissioned as a junior officer. Rapid promotion provided multiple opportunities in a variety of roles over 17 years. She has been involved with and led and managed teams in many environments including 4 operational tours in the war zones of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. She has completed an intensive 11-month Masters Course covering strategic management, leadership, international politics and affairs and campaign planning. She also found time to get involved in RAF and Combined Services hockey over a 10-year period, holding posts of Vice Chair, Secretary and Head Coach.

Since leaving the RAF, Lucy spent 18 months walking solo around the coast of Great Britain. Lucy is also a former International hockey player playing for England in the mid 1990s. She is now a qualified Level 2 hockey coach and ski instructor but is also actively involved in a variety of other sports including running, swimming, cycling and walking.

Mike JoyceMike Joyce – International Hockey Federation-nominated Trustee

Mike Joyce bio here.










Ian WilsonIan Wilson – England Hockey-nominated Trustee

Ian Wilson is the Trustee appointed by England Hockey. He has been their Finance and Administration Director since 2004 and has been involved with the Museum since its earliest days. He is also a Trustee of Hockey Futures and Chairman of his Club, so he brings a range of hockey experience to the Museum.


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