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EIHA Announcement

EIHA Board announces three new members; Independent Chair to be recruited.

AnnouncementEIHA Board announces three new members; Independent Chair to be recruited

The English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) Board are pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the Board who have been co-opted with immediate effect.  

Duncan Hough and Bruce Douglas join as Independent Non-Executive Directors with Cornelia Raubal appointed as a Non-Executive Director. All three bring a wealth of experience from both business and sporting backgrounds. 

Duncan Hough has served on the Board for the National Governing Body for Triathlon for 12 years, as well as sitting on numerous International Sporting Committees where he has specialised in Governance, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and major event organisation, including three Commonwealth Games. In his professional life, Duncan has corporate experience with major companies such as Oracle and ITT, and now runs his own business that manufactures processes for recycling. 

Bruce Douglas was a professional rugby union player for 16 years, and represented clubs across Europe including Edinburgh, Harlequins, Montpellier and the Scarlets, earning 43 Scotland Caps along the way. Following retirement as a player Bruce coached part-time for two years and has since set up Confidas People, a specialist consultancy providing due diligence services to support private equity and venture capital investment.  

Cornelia Raubal brings experience from a 20-year corporate career in the commodity (non-ferrous metals, steel and coal) industry culminating in working as the CEO of a nine figure turnover business. She currently works with high achieving individuals and organisations as an Executive Coach specialising in working with women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) industries who aspire to leadership roles, helping them to overcome such challenges as unconscious bias, leadership skills, funding issues and lack of appropriate role models. Ice hockey plays a large part in her family life; as she has been a Manager for the Haringey Hounds for the last six years, her son plays and her husband is a referee and plays as well.  

All three members will be an asset to the EIHA Board as it looks to develop the association and sport of ice hockey in England and Wales. 

In line with EIHA Board policy, Mohammed Ashraff has completed his two-year term as Chair and will now be stepping back to take a Non-Executive Director Role. 

The EIHA Board would like to thank Ash for all of his hard-work and dedication in leading the association into a new era. Although far from a finished project, Ash has been fundamental in laying the foundations for the association to move forward and become a leading National Governing Body. 

The EIHA will now seek to appoint an independent Chair, in line with best practice governance in leading NGBs. The advert for this post will be published shortly, with a view to making an appointment by October 2023. Barrie Archer has been appointed interim Chair to serve until such an appointment is made. 

In the meantime, the transformational work within the EIHA remains ongoing as we work towards Sport England’s Tier 3 of the Sport Code for Governance, and will include further appointments in due course to ensure the Board recruits the necessary expertise to progress the sport.