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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

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.


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.


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