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Hannah Stockley


Meet the Board

The England Korfball Board help shape the direction of the sport and drive strategic aims and objectives. They meet regularly, and minutes for these meetings can be found online.

Ralph Appleby

Ralph joined the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, TASS, in June 2018 as the National Lead for Practitioner Development, responsible for managing the CPD element of the TASS practitioners within the network. Since September 2022, Ralph has been responsible for the TASS delivery workforce development strategy, working with discipline leads to ensure practitioners are appropriately skilled to provide quality holistic sport science and athlete development services to the England Talent Pathway. His skills in identifying areas of development required across a network, and creating then monitoring the effectiveness of interventions is invaluable as we strive to improve our competitions structure. He is our Board Member for competitions.

E: ralph.appleby@englandkorfball.co.uk

Clive Dobbin

Clive has a background in sports administration. being a founding member and general manager for Solent Seahawks, a youth and junior American Football team in Southampton. He then joined the British American Football Association, occupying various roles, including Operations Lead, overseeing the overall operations for the league, national teams, discipline and safeguarding. Clive is also involved in sports disciplinary tribunals, being on the judicial/disciplinary panels for American Football, the Equine Associations, UK Athletics and Lawn Tennis.

In his day job, Clive is a solicitor and partner at Paris Smith, a firm of solicitors in Southampton. He is involved in the Performance Programme, as Performance Lead, leading on the delivery of the new strategy for the international programme. Clive took on the Board role of Operations Lead in May 2023.


Lereesa Easterbrook

Lereesa is a Senior Associate in the Sports Regulatory team at a leading international law firm. She acts primarily for national and international sports governing bodies and federations in relation to a wide range of contentious and regulatory matters across a range of sports. She is also founder and Chair of her law firm’s social mobility network and a long-standing diversity and inclusion advocate. She acts as England Korfball’s Legal Board Member.

E: lereesa.easterbrook@englandkorfball.co.uk

Cathy Hughes

Cathy has spent 15 years at Sport England, most recently as Head of Equality & Diversity. In this role they were responsible for a number of key projects including the creation and management of the diversity on sports boards project which has seen a significant increase in more diverse board candidates in the sport sector. They led on the EDI changes within the new Code for Sports Governance and also the publication of the Sports Councils’ guidance on Transgender participation in domestic sport.

E: cathy.hughes@englandkorfball.co.uk

Robert Keniwell

Robert is a qualified practicing social worker, with the majority of his practice within the field of disabilities and complex health needs for children, young people and adults. He has as passion for safeguarding and ensuring best practice within this area.  He has worked with sports clubs and organisations to deliver training, implement safeguarding structures and develop safeguarding practices. Robert is also the safeguarding lead board member for a national charity.

E: robert.keniwell@englandkorfball.co.uk

Philip Morton

Philip has a professional background in construction and has a host of experience including work with teams from across the globe. Philip has been instrumental in shaping the England Korfball Inspired programme and currently chairs the EKI National Panel. As a committee member for both Vikings Ely and the Cambridgeshire Korfball Association, Philip is keen to develop korfball as an inclusive sporting experience.

E: philip.morton@englandkorfball.co.uk

Sam Wells

A former England international player and manager, Sam oversees the organisations finances and accounts. A partner in a long-established firm of Chartered Accountants, Sam also sits on the Competitions Subcommittee and the Grand Finals Committee.

E: sam.wells@englandkorfball.co.uk