Hockey's Military Stories

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Katie Dodd

The Board of The Hockey Museum (THM) is sad to announce that Katie Dodd has decided to step down from her role as Chair after a distinguished period at the helm.

Katie has been Chair for seven years and has seen the museum substantially grow both its collections and its contacts with the world of hockey. Since it was formed as a Charitable Trust in July 2012, under Katie’s guidance THM has:

  • moved into more spacious premises with the prospect of a permanent home in 2020
  • brought in permanent staff
  • installed MODES collections software to manage its rapidly growing collections
  • gained Arts Council Accreditation
  • held very successful exhibitions at major hockey tournaments, must notably at the Women’s World Cup where 10,000 visitors attended
  • gained a large Resilient Heritage grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • built formal partnerships with both England Hockey and the International Hockey Federation
  • introduced a Friends and donations scheme
  • built a more stable income stream
  • overseen an increase in our volunteer team
  • strengthened the Trustee Board

The process for advertising for a new Chair will be started after the summer holidays have finished. In the interim, the Board has asked Philip Kimberley (previously Chair England Hockey and a current Trustee) to act as interim Chair over the next six months or so pending the appointment of a permanent new Chair.

The Board wishes to express its sincere and profound thanks to her for all her amazing work and her leadership over the last seven years. We are delighted that she has agreed to stay on as a volunteer so that she can continue to bring her passion and commitment to building hockey’s heritage.

The Trustee Board
July 2019

Hockey's Military Stories: An Introduction

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Lieutenant Eric Walter Poyntz Westmacott RN

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