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.
David oversees the running of the FIH Sport Department, aligning the operational objectives with the overarching strategic plan. He joined FIH from LOCOG where he was the Head of Sport Competition. David has 125 international hockey caps and played for the GB Hockey Team at the 1992, 1996, 2000 Olympic Games.
Sarah oversees the delivery, marketing and television for all FIH events. She joined FIH in 2011 from Fast Track sports marketing agency where she was a Business Director responsible for the UK athletics account. Previous to this she gained major events experience from working across various Olympics and Commonwealth games and at Rugby and Cricket World Cups. Sarah loves the speed, skill and athleticism of hockey.
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.
As an events manager, Sandra looks after FIH events including the Hockey World League events. She is secretary for the FIH Athletes’ Committee and joined the FIH from the Fédération Française de Hockey where she was the high performance manager for the men’s programme. Sandra loves playing hockey and particularly enjoys the speed of the game.
A Sport Science Professional, Geraldine joined the FIH in 2014. Prior to joining, Geraldine was a volunteer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics & Paralympics, the team leader of the Belgium delegation at the London 2012 Paralympics and spent two years in the Belgian Paralympic Movement. She sees hockey as a sport that enhances the physical and mental awareness of everyone taking part it.
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.
Danny joined the FIH in 2015 after four years at the World Curling Federation. With a degree in journalism, he also worked for a PR agency as well as several newspapers and broadcasters. As Communications Manager, Danny oversees all FIH communications and public relations. He enjoys hockey because it's fast paced and highly skilled, which makes it exciting to watch and play.
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.
Kiren joined the Marketing and Communications Team in January 2017, after taking a spontaneous career break backpacking solo around-the-world for a year. Finally settling in Lausanne, Kiren previously worked in the Middle-East and in the Caribbean. Joining FIH, Kiren is most excited about the growth and potential of events marketing within hockey worldwide.
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 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.
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.
As Business Development Director, Richard creates and delivers value within hockey for fans, players and brands. Richard spent 20 years in advertising and marketing in New Zealand, UK and the USA before joining the FIH. For him, hockey is the simple fun of running around with a stick and ball.
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 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.
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.
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.
Craig manages Umpiring and Officiating within FIH. His key tasks include appointments, education and development strategies for all umpires and officials. Although he was part of the coaching and management of umpires at London 2012 and Rio 2016, he also enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of developing umpires and officials from emerging countries. At a personal level, he is thankful to hockey for the global friendships he has established through a 30 year involvement with the sport.
Paula assists the Sport team and coordinates the tournament management system. Paula worked on a database project for Irish Hockey and was Manager at her local hockey club back in Ireland before joining the FIH. She finds the game very exciting particularly the speed, skill and athleticism involved.
As Director of the Executive Office, Melanie manages Governance, HR, Administration, IT, Logistics and Protocol at FIH. She also acts as secretary for the Executive Board and the Hockey Foundation. Melanie joined the FIH in 2010. Previously, she worked for Iluka at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympic Games and at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics before moving to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Melanie finds that hockey is fast and powerful, exciting to watch and loves that it is the same game for the men and the women.
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.
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.
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An experienced IT professional, Hari 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. Hari loves the speed, power, accuracy, skills and team spirit of the game.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.