Inside FIH

Team FIH

Below you can see who does what at FIH

Our staff are mostly based in Lausanne. Although with events and National Associations all over the world we are often travelling. When we are not working hard to deliver our strategy you can find us playing, watching and supporting hockey. To meet the team read on.

Thierry Weil

CEO Chief Executive Officer

With more than 35 years’ of experience as an executive leader and a proven track record working at the highest levels of sports administration on the global stage, French national Thierry Weil is multi-cultural, multi-national and multi-lingual leader. His strong international reputation in the highest echelons of the sports industry has been cemented thanks to his executive roles at two companies – Adidas Global and, most recently, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The former ‘Vice President, Global Football Sports’ at Adidas and 'Director of Marketing' at FIFA believes the values and respect within all levels of hockey are unique, whilst new international events, including the FIH Pro League and the Hockey Series, present exciting opportunities for the sport.

Jon Wyatt

Sport Sport and Development Director

Jon joined the FIH in April 2018, returning to the sport he has played since childhood. A double Olympian from the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Games, he has spent the last 15 years working in the Sports Marketing industry, working with sports organisations, sponsors and the media to raise the profile of sport and demonstrate its power to make the world a better place. Having worked across Olympic and Paralympic sports, football, rugby and many other professional sports, he is most excited about bringing this experience learnt from other sports to hockey as we continue to professionalise the sport and grow it across the world.

Martyn Gallivan

Sport Competitions Manager

Martyn manages all FIH competitions and is the secretary for the Competitions Committee.  His favourite thing about hockey is the people who are involved in all aspects of hockey.

Eduardo Leonardo

Sport Sport Manager

Eduardo joined FIH in October 2016 after being the Sport Manager of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Its main function is to guarantee together with  local organizing committees the best delivery of field of play to the teams and officials. What most impresses him about Hockey is the dynamics of the matches.

Andre Oliveira

Sport Academy and Education Manager

A recent addition to the Sport team, Andre coordinates the FIH Hockey Academy. Prior to joining the FIH he was technical director at the Portuguese Hockey Federation (PHF) and technical official for FIH, EHF and PHF.

Alastair Cox

Sport Facilities and Quality Programme Manager

Alastair joined FIH from Labosport International where he was Deputy CEO having worked alongside FIH for a number of years. He has over 35 years’ experience of the testing and setting of standards for the performance of sports facilities and sports equipment, being recognised as an international expert on synthetic turf sports surfaces.  He is the author of the FIH Hockey Turf and Field Standards and heads the FIH Quality Programme.

Paula Jenkins

Sport Sport Coordinator

Paula is responsible for the management of the FIH Tournament Management System (TMS), the FIH official database which records all international competitions and test matches. She also manages competition documentation and Technical Official and Umpire records. She was Manager at her local hockey club in Ireland before joining the FIH. She finds the game very exciting, particularly the speed, skill and athleticism of the players.

Bryan Mo

Sport Sport Services Coordinator

Having grown up in a hockey family in Korea, Bryan played, coached and umpired at club level in New Zealand.  After joining FIH in 2016 through an exchange programme from the Korea Olympic Committee (KOC), he is now a Coordinator for the FIH Hockey Academy as well as for FIH’s Anti-Doping and Medical programme. Bryan believes that hockey is a sport that provides non-stop magic and is equally amazing in terms of gender balance.

Diana Capsa

Finance Finance Director

As the Finance Director, Diana oversees all the financial aspects of FIH and is responsible for the flow of financial information to the Chief Executive, the Board and, where necessary, external parties. She is also the Secretary for the FIH Risk and Compliance Committee.  With seventeen years of experience in finance, accounting and banking, Diana’s favourite thing about hockey is the FIH hockey family.

Johann Berger

Finance Finance Coordinator

Johann assists the Finance Director and joined FIH after two years at the IOC.  His favourite thing about hockey is the energy of the game.

Patrick Talon

Finance Finance Assistant

Patrick joined the FIH in 2010 and assists the Finance Director.  His favourite thing about hockey is that it is a true gender balanced sport and played by so many countries.

Hilary Atkinson

Events FIH Pro League and Olympic Games Director

Hilary joined FIH in 2015 as Head of Event Delivery overseeing FIH events. Having worked at England Rugby 2015, 2014 Commonwealth Games, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and as the coaching & events manager for Badminton Scotland, Hilary brings a wide range of skills and expertise to the team. A retired player she loves that hockey is an equitable sport for life with a great international family.

Gabrielle Van Zwieten

Events Events Director

Ameline Gerbel

Events Head of Events

Ameline joined FIH as an events manager in January 2017. Following her international sporting career, she transferred and developed skills, competences and experience in major sporting events such as Olympic Games, European Football Championships and various World Championships, World Cups in Boxing, Ski and more! Alongside development programmes such as education programme and support services for athletes, officials, anti-doping, licensing, etc… Ameline loves the vision and strategy of FIH to develop the sport’s professionalism and equality.

Mathilde Grenet

Events FIH Pro League Manager

Mathilde assists the Sports and Events department.  A graduate from the University of São Paulo, Mathilde previously worked as a key account manager for VIP Sportstravel.  Mathilde loves that hockey is both physical and tactical as well as elegant.

Timo Von Domarus

Events Event Coordinator

Prior to joining FIH in May 2017, Timo acquired a degree in business administration and has worked in various organisations delivering international sporting events including events in tennis, soccer, running and swimming. What Timo likes about Hockey is that it’s an action-packed as well as fast-paced sport requiring distinct skills and team spirit.

Shalini Krishnan

Events Event Coordinator

Shalini joined the Events team in January 2018. Her international experience includes working for UEFA, the Namibia National Olympic Committee, and Golf Canada.  She relocated to Switzerland after completing the FIFA Master’s degree.  Shalini appreciates that hockey is a gender-balanced sport and she is most excited about hockey’s global potential for development and growth.

Antoine Berger

Events Event Coordinator

Antoine joined the Events team in January 2018. He has always worked in sport, first for a Ski & Snowboard Company as european marketing and export manager and then organising international rugby events across Asia and for the French Rugby Union (FFR). In his new role Antoine will be focusing on the FIH Pro league and the Olympic Games.
He loves the values that hockey generates and the potential the sport has in terms of development across the world.

Stéphanie Croset

Events Sport and Events Assistant

Stéphanie assists the CEO and also supports the Operations Manager as part of the Executive Office team.
Prior to joining FIH, Stéphanie worked for a School of Hotel Management in the Lausanne area and for a law firm in Geneva and Lausanne.  She loves the speed and fluidity of the game and that Hockey requires great deal of finesse.

Delf Ness

Marketing & Communications Marketing and Communications Director

The former Vice-President of the DHB (German Hockey Federation) will be responsible for leading the sport’s marketing, digital and communications strategies. The German youth internationalist has a wealth of media, marketing and sponsorship activation experience. He also oversees the Alster Grootbos Hockey Project in South Africa for over 300 children. Now a Masters player, Delf remains passionate about the sport he calls: "globally inclusive" and "the ultimate sport - in terms of skill, physical fitness and non-stop action".

Nicolas Maingot

Marketing & Communications Senior Communications Manager

Nicolas joined the FIH in October 2018 after having been involved in sports and communications for more than 20 years. His experience includes various functions in communications at FIFA as well as at the French Football Association. In his role, Nicolas is overseeing communications and PR matters, including media relations, international relations, corporate communications and event communications. Nicolas enjoys the rhythm of the game and the skills of hockey players as well as the values of the sport.

Nikki Symmons

Marketing & Communications Digital Manager

As part of the Marketing and Communications team, Nikki looks after FIH’s social media streams and coordinates photo and video shoots. She is also a Media Officer at FIH events. Nikki combined her international hockey career (208 caps for Ireland) with a teaching job in Dublin and is a recent graduate of the MSA at AISTS in Lausanne. Nikki loves that hockey is a fast-paced, extremely skilful game and that hockey is developing an amazing strategy to be one of the most popular global games.

Huw Williams

Marketing & Communications

Huw started working with FIH in December 2012 after 20 years agency-side delivering marketing services to blue-chip clients across the globe. His broad knowledge of both on and offline solutions, together with his passion for sport, help to deliver a variety of marketing and digital communications in a timely fashion - it seems that fast paced action happens in the workplace as well as on the pitch!

Richard Stainthorpe

Marketing & Communications Media Operations Coordinator

Richard has been heavily involved with media operations planning & coordination for FIH events since 2006. As well as working for FIH, Richard has been a journalist and editor of various hockey publications and websites, looked after media operations at the Euro Hockey League (EHL) and worked for LOCOG as Venue Media Manager for Hockey at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He first picked up a hockey stick at the age of nine and finds that the combination of speed, skill and athleticism makes this sport truly special.

Sarah Juggins

Marketing & Communications Media Coordinator

Sarah is a player, coach and hockey writer. Her love of the game started from the age of five when she spent every weekend on the side of the pitch watching her parents play. She started playing for her local club side when she was 13. Her best hockey experience so far has been leading the Olympic News Service hockey journalists team at the 2012 Olympics. For her, hockey is a truly inclusive sport that offers competition and playing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Ricky Thussu

Commercial Global Head of Sales

Michele Tiozzo

Commercial Commercial Coordinator

As part of the Commercial team, Michele looks after FIH’s commercial Partners. Before joining FIH Michele has lived in London for 7 years and among his experiences he worked in the sponsorship team of Cirque du Soleil. He graduated of the MSA at AISTS in Lausanne and more recently he accomplished the ESA sponsorship diploma. He loves hockey because hockey is an inclusive sport, which requires high level of fitness, stamina and skills.

Andy Oram

Broadcast & TV Broadcast & TV Director

As Head of TV and Broadcast at FIH, Andy oversees the delivery of the TV production and content for the Federation. He joined FIH in 2015, after working as TV & Broadcasting Director at Boxing Marketing Arm. Broadcast Production roles at Sky Sports and Manchester United also list on his CV following a career in professional cricket in both England and Australia. Andy thinks hockey is hugely appealing to sports fans due to the amount of action and drama provided in each game.

Chris Neilson

Broadcast & TV Media Rights Manager

Chris joined FIH as Media Rights Manager in May 2017 following 12 years of working in broadcast. He has worked for the biggest UK commercial and pay broadcasters during this time, including ITV, Sky, Channel 5 and BT Sport where he was part of the original team to launch the multi-billion-pound venture. Chris is excited to part of the team and continuing to develop and deliver the new Hockey Revolution strategy.

Harsimran Singh Virk

Technology Technology Manager

Harsimran is responsible for managing databases, Tournament Management System, collaboration platforms, developing current and implementing new IT technologies throughout the organisation. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering and a MBA in Sports Administration.

Vinay Mhetre

Technology Data Project Officer

Vinay started working with us in 2016 to assist in delivering data and technology needs of different stakeholders of FIH. Vinay is a recent graduate of MAS at AISTS, Lausanne and a Bachelor of Technology holder in Computer Science. He loves that hockey is a sport of speed and passion.

Michelle Riondel

Executive Office Head of Legal Affairs

At the FIH, Michelle is in charge of managing all FIH legal affairs and supports the work of the FIH Disciplinary Commissioner.  An English lawyer, she trained at Schillings and Carter-Ruck in London before moving to Switzerland to advise international sports bodies on governance and commercial issues in sport.  Her favourite thing about hockey is how FIH and its Ambassadors are using the sport to help raise awareness of health, promote education and inspire people all over the world.

Melanie Baumer

Executive Office Operations Manager

Mélanie coordinates the logistics of FIH meetings and the FIH Congress. She also follows up with the FIH National Associations on governance matters.  Prior to joining FIH, Mélanie studied International Relations in Geneva and was the Ceremonies Coordinator for UEFA at EURO 2012.  Mélanie’s favourite thing about hockey is the gender balance of the sport.

Brian Howells

Executive Office Travel Coordinator

Joined the FIH in March 2018, to coordinate Travel and Accommodation for the FIH Family.
Worked on the Travel Industry since the last 15 years, I was in charge of organizing travels of Match Officials at the UEFA during the last 8 years.
A fan of a lot of sports, what I like about Hockey in addition to the intensity of the game and the passion it gives to such many people around the world,  is the fact that, as every other Team sports  you will only be able to achieve a common goal by working / playing together.

Daniela Stettler

Executive Office Executive Assistant

Daniela already worked within sports, at the International Olympic Committee Sport department, and at the Olympic Museum Events and Seminar Department. She then moved to the German part of Switzerland for a couple of years. Back in Romandie, Daniela worked for a training center based in Lausanne, organising the course logistics for a big multinational before travelling the world for 6 months around Oceania and Asia. Once back, she was proposed a job as Guest relations officer in the Maldives, which she could not refuse, an amazing way to combine her love for the ocean and a way to meet people from all over the world. Daniela has always loved sports: in her spare time she is a keen sailor, scuba diver and underwater photographer. In fact, anything to do with the water!

Joseph Coulibaly

Executive Office Admin Assistant

Joseph joined the team in May 2017 and assists the office and administration department. His favourite things about hockey are the intensity, passion and fluidity of the game.

Lesley Neri

Executive Office Receptionist

Lesley works on the reception at the FIH Headquarters in Lausanne and previously worked at the IOC.  Lesley’s love of hockey stems from playing it throughout her school days, finding it fast and exciting.

Mike Joyce

Foundation Executive Director

Mike joined The Hockey Foundation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Department in June 2018, having previously held roles with the FIH, England Hockey and with sport in the private sector. As a self-professed “hockey badger”, Mike has also been an active hockey volunteer in a wide range of roles for over 30 years. Mike is passionately committed to The Hockey Foundation purpose, to promote and develop hockey throughout the World.

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