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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.

Ellen Pearce

Professionally, Ellen has a background in charity management. She was previously CEO of a career development charity, is a founding Director of the Lancaster Community Sports Hub, and now leads local sustainability and community sport projects. Ellen was previously on the National Panel for the England Korfball Inspired (EKI) programme. Ellen is responsible for the strategic direction of England Korfball and oversees the operations of the National Governing Body.

E: ellen.pearce@englandkorfball.co.uk

David Synott

David brings years of international korfball playing experience to the England Korfball Board. He is responsible for the delivery of the England Korfball National Finals weekend and chairs the Grand Finals Committee.

E: david.synott@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

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

Rabena Faried

Rabena has vast experience of managing Safeguarding and Child Protection and delivering relevant training to staff and volunteers. As well as working as a Magistrate, she is a member of the FA safeguarding scrutiny and appeal board. Rabena is the board Safeguarding Lead


Hinal Patel

Hinal is a partner in a leading international law firm specialising in technology, telecoms, outsourcing and digital transactions. He advises clients in the technology and financial services sectors primarily. Hinal has practised for nearly 20 years both in the UK and in the United Arab Emirates. Hinal is the HR & Legal lead on the England Korfball Board.


Dan Tibbitt

Dan has over 10 years of experience in competition and club development in a variety of sports. Having worked at higher education institutions in Australia, United States and UK, he brings a vast amount of competition experience to the England Korfball board and is the Board Competitions Lead. Dan is currently a Club Development Officer at the University of Nottingham and is looking forward to applying his experience to developing Korfball at all competition levels in England.


Jonathan Pearce

Jonathan is an experienced sports development professional with over 14 years working within Education, Local Authorities and National Governing Bodies of Sport. Jonathan has spent the last eight years at England Rugby in various roles within rugby development, most notably as Women’s Rugby Development Manager supporting the growth and culture change within constituent bodies to ensure the sport adapted an inclusive approach. Jonathan is the Board Inclusion and Diversity Lead.