About WMH People

INTRODUCING YOUR

WMH EXECUTIVE BOARD

& COMMITTEE MEMBERS

WORLD MASTERS HOCKEY

World Masters Hockey (WMH) Ltd. is the exclusive Masters Hockey organisation, recognised by the FIH (the world governing body for hockey) as having sole responsibility for organising and managing official Masters Hockey tournaments globally. WMH is an evolution of the former International Masters Hockey (IMHA) and World Grand Masters (WGMA) Associations.

The WMH was created following a request from FIH for the existing IMHA and WGMA to unify into a single Masters Hockey entity in 2012. FIH is of the view that the unification enhances the hockey brand strategically and commercially and simplifies the passage through the 3 natural stages of progression from Junior through Senior to Masters.

WMH VALUES 

Mission Statement:   

To inspire and support enjoyment and participation for all in Masters Hockey. 

Vision Statement:     

To create a world where hockey can be a lifelong sport for all.

Objectives – to:

  • grow participation
  • deliver great international events
  • increase the global visibility of Masters Hockey 
  • enhance and grow the technical resources
  • provide good governance and financial stability 

WMH PRESIDENT

Glenn Paton

I was born and educated in Dundee and live near Edinburgh. I took up hockey aged 16. Since then, I have competed in over 100 international matches in fantastic locations and played in Scottish teams which won a Bronze World Cup medal in 2012 and a Bronze European Cup medal in 2019.  I was elected Treasurer at the IMHA Congress at the 2012 Canterbury World Cup and then President at the IMHA Congress at the 2014 World Cup in Rotterdam. This experience included working with teams of highly skilled individuals to organise and deliver 3 outdoor World Cups, 2 indoor World Cups and 6 European Cups. Those skills proved very useful during the 6 years involved in setting up WMH.

At the General Assembly in 2019 I was elected to the WMH Board with responsibility for commercial development. When Sean Curran resigned as President in October 2020, I was elected as President.  My 8 years of developing Masters Hockey was fuelled by a desire to increase the number of Masters Hockey players and officials so that they too could enjoy the kinds of memorable experiences I had in playing our wonderful sport in so many different and exciting locations around the world.

WMH SECRETARY

Sue Briggs

I was born in Sydney and have lived there most of my life, excluding some midwifery experiences, delivering babies around the country. My hockey career began through my introduction to hockey in Year 7 at High School. I was wrapped from the start and ended up forming the first school team to play in a local association competition. In 1996, I was selected for the first Australian Women’s Masters team and have continued to play for them since.   Sometimes it is as though I have been involved in hockey administration forever. It began at club and then local association level.  In 2002, I was appointed Women’s National Convenor and am currently the Co-Chair of the Hockey Australia Masters Committee. At international level, I was elected as IMHA Secretary at its 2012 World Cup Congress in Canterbury and a year later, became a member of the newly formed World Masters Hockey Panel. I was elected as Secretary at the inaugural WMH General Assembly in 2019.   My event planning and delivery experience includes the World Cups in Rotterdam, Canberra and Terrassa and several Trans-Tasman Challenges.

I have been fortunate to have received a number awards including the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, an Order of Australia Medal for “services to the sport of Hockey as a player, administrator and mentor for the local, national and international community” and in 2020 I was awarded Life Membership of Hockey Australia. The multiple opportunities provided by Masters Hockey have enhanced my life and extended my hockey career. From the many wonderful friends across the world to the shared social and cultural experiences, not forgetting the international competition, Masters Hockey has been incredible experience. I intend to use my position on the WMH EB to ensure others benefit, as I have, from participating in our sport.

WMH Finance Director

NORMAN SAME

In my “business” life I am managing partner of ‘knp Solutions Pty Ltd’, – a 30-person Chartered Accounting firm based in Armadale, a suburb of Melbourne. I currently reside in both Melbourne and Brisbane. My partner Sarah, and I enjoy the warmer climate of Brisbane and spend much time bushwalking and riding. I have two daughters, Natalie & Rebecca, and two grandchildren, Lily & Harry.

I first played hockey as an 11-year-old in 1966 and have not stopped playing since. Having held various positions at club level, including club President at Maccabi Hockey Club, Finance Director of Maccabi Australia and Vice President & Finance Director of Hockey Australia, I feel I bring both business and sports organisational skills to the board of WMH in my capacity as Treasurer. I am also currently Co-Chair of Hockey Australia Masters. On the playing side, I have been fortunate to be selected to represent Australia in our national O45, O50, O55, O60 and O65 teams over the past years. I was excited to join the WMH Board which promises to bring a new approach to Masters Hockey around the world at an interesting and exciting time for Masters Sport.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

ISHBEL DICKENS

Born in Scotland where I lived until my mid-twenties, I then lived in a couple of places in England before moving to the US.  I now live in Seattle. I have been playing hockey since I was 12 years old, though prior to that, my sister and I would knock a ball around in my grandparents’ garden using my dad’s old hockey sticks. I am thrilled to serve on the WMH Executive Board as we progress our vision of enabling Masters players across the world to compete in elite events. I am also excited to Chair the WMH Events Committee – we have a great committee of dedicated, experienced volunteers, who are working tremendously hard to pull together all the relevant documents, timelines, and policies needed to ensure the success of world class Masters Hockey events.

I was a part of the WGMA Committee which organised the 2018 European Cup in Brasschaat, Belgium and greatly enjoyed that experience. I am also the Women’s Chair of the Alliance International Hockey Club and have been running a women’s club in Seattle for the past 30 years. Playing hockey has been a fundamental aspect of my life for over 50 years and I am grateful for all the opportunities I have had to play around the world and, probably more importantly, the blessing of having made so many new friends – especially a German I met playing hockey in Seattle, and who was later to become my husband! We’ve been playing together now for over 20 years.

SONYA FISHER

I am a Brisbanian from the capital city of the Australian State of Queensland. I was 31 years of age when I took up hockey. In fact, just a couple of years shy of being a Masters Hockey player! My professional career has involved carrying out risk assessments and identifying approaches to mitigate the severity of any risks which may apply. I believe that this experience will enable me to enhance the quality of WMH H&S procedures.  

I retired from playing in 2012 but have continued to umpire at local Association level and been a technical official at local, state and national level.  In 2019, as a reward for my years of contribution as a Board member and Chair of the Umpire and Technical Committee, I was made a Life Member of the Brisbane Women’s Hockey Association, which comprises a membership of 3,500 girls and women. I umpired and was a technical official at the 2014 IMHA World Cup (Rotterdam) where the highlight was my appointment as one of the umpires of the O50 Men’s Gold Medal match. I was also TD at the 2019 WMH Masters Indoor World Cup in Hong Kong, the Hockey Australia Women’s Masters Championships and the 2018 & 2019 Hockey Australia Masters Indoor Challenges.

Given my background as a player, umpire, technical official and administrator, I believe I am well placed to help deliver a hockey experience that will allow the global hockey community to deepen their participation and enjoyment of Masters Hockey.

GUILLAUME CHARLON

Like most young French boys, I was destined to play football, but fell in love with the idea of being a hockey player at the age of 5 when I saw a wonderful photograph of a hockey goalkeeper throwing himself across the goal, encapsulating the combative character and “invincibility” for which he was known. He went onto become my hockey mentor, a role he still enjoys, even to this day. I was faithful to my childhood club of Dunkerque until I reached adult level, when I discovered with a club in Amiens, at the age 36, the joys and pleasure of Masters Hockey.

The positive and friendly atmosphere generated by Masters’ players inspired me to infect others with this newly developed passion and led me to accompany the first O50M and O55M French teams to the 2015 European Cup in London. In 2017 I began playing for the O40M’s team. Since then, I have never stopped believing that Masters Hockey can offer so much to our sport. I was involved in developing French Masters teams as a Manager, until I was selected for the O40M’s team which competed in the 2019 European Cup in Rotterdam. The team performed really well and left the tournament having won the first ever medal gained by a French Masters Hockey team. I live in Dunkerque, in the North of France, have two daughters and I am an entrepreneur in the Cosmetic and Festive industries.

SIMON GRAY

I fell in love with hockey in my early teens after being forced to play rugby (semi-blind without wearing glasses) at a UK high school that didn’t play football (my first love). I have since played, coached, and managed hockey around the world. As a civil engineer I would look for employment where I could indulge myself in my favourite sports. This allowed me to mover from the UK to Hong Kong and then via a number of places before settling where I now reside in the USA. In 2011, frustrated at the lack of playing opportunities for “more mature” players, I co-founded USA Masters Hockey and organised the USA Men’s O45 team that participated in the inaugural 2012 IMHA Masters Hockey World Cup in Canterbury.  Since then, I have helped develop USA Masters Hockey for both men and women, including a spell as a Board Director for USA Field Hockey, the sport’s national governing body in the USA. This led to an increasing USA involvement in the worldwide Masters community. I live in Sacramento, California with my wife Angela, and a once-feral cat named Jama, who arrived in the backyard one day and decided to stay.

COMMERCE COMMITTEE (CC)

CHAIR: Guillaume Charlon (EB); David Rowlands; Rolf Namjesky; Glenn Paton (EB)

DAVID ROWLANDS

I am a Scot, born in Falkirk in 1956 and a Stirling University Graduate in Business Studies & Economics. Professionally I worked for Rowntree Mackintosh (York) in Marketing & Sales, before becoming the Vice President for Sales & Marketing of Nestle Canada after Nestle took over Rowntree Mackintosh. I was also the Managing Director of Nestle Ice Cream UK and a Food Industry Consultant. I am now Retired. My hockey career included representing Scotland at Schoolboy, U- 21s and Senior international levels. I was also selected for the British Universities team. Over the past 17 years I have played in all the Masters age groups having started with the over the 40s and now currently with the over 60s.

ROLF NAMJESKY

I am the CEO of ICNIA, a media company I set up with my good friend and business partner, the late Arjo Willems. We are entrepreneurs who previously worked for Philips, Lucent and KPN. Adapting the skills and experiences gained from our time with these multi-national companies, we applied the latest, innovative technology to produce high quality media presentations in promoting the products of our commercial partners. We grew the company in phases until it became a market leader.

We became involved with the IMHA at Tilburg in 2017, taking hundreds of photographs which were used to market the IMHA Brand. We supported the 2018 World Cup in Terrassa, the 2019 Indoor World Cup in Hong Kong and the European Cups in Rotterdam and Krefeld. Most of the images in the gallery section of the WMH website are ours. Our understanding of the needs of a worldwide international hockey organisation enabled us to advise the WMH IT and Commercial Committees as they developed the WMH Brand and online systems during the setting-up period. Since then, I have been a proud member of the Commercial Committee and its aims to develop the commercial potential of the WMH Brand.

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (DC)

CHAIR: Andrew Dunning; Nicola Ogden; Maarten van Rijn; Irene Ryan; Claire Thompson & Ana Maria Vinue.

ANDREW DUNNING

I am an American by birth with British parents, so hold dual national citizenship. I am based in Northern Virginia, USA. I was educated in the UK at London University and moved to the US in 1983. In 1986 I was appointed as the Assistant National Coach for the Men and Development Director.  In 2012 I returned to the UK and then worked in International Development in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  I moved back to the USA in 2013 and am currently playing for USA Masters Hockey teams. 

NICOLA OGDEN

I believe I can offer experience, knowledge and a willing pair of hands to assist with the progression of Masters Hockey around the world.  I believe strongly in giving back to the sport all the opportunities it has offered to me. I see WMH as a vehicle to further develop the sport we all enjoy so much.  I relish the opportunity to be part of that development and am excited about contributing to future progress and making a positive contribution. I live in Banjup, near Perth in Western Australia and have been a player, umpire, coach, manager and technical official at club, state and national level. I currently hold a Technical Officer Level 3 qualifications in Australia. I was the TD for the 2019 European Cup in Rotterdam.

MAARTEN VAN RIJN

I live in the Netherlands and have participated since 2013 in several IMHA & WGMA organised Masters Hockey tournaments. My hockey skills and experience have a sound base given that I was a PE teacher and Lecturer of Logistics at Breda University. For 6 years I was a Board member of Hockey Club HOCO in Oisterwijk. I was a Hockey trainer and interim coach for over 35 years. I have experience in tournament & event organisation at both national and international level. I am keen to see Masters Hockey expand throughout the world and I am committed to supporting its growth in developing countries.

IRENE RYAN

I am a player with a long experience in governance roles and as an administrator in New Zealand, on the IMHA Board, the WMH Commercial and Communications Working Group and research in my professional career as a Senior Lecturer and Researcher within the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Auckland.  I am well positioned to add value to the development of the WMH and bring a knowledgeable, female ‘voice’ from a region that has been at the forefront of growing and sustaining Masters Hockey over many, many years.  Through the integral components of informed judgement and experience in success measurement, I can make a valuable contribution to enhancing the strategic vision of the organisation through membership of the WMH Development Committee

CLAIRE THOMPSON

I hope to bring both my business and sporting perspective to the committee, as well as my enthusiasm for Masters Hockey. I have many years’ experience and qualifications in Business, Marketing and Sales which I will add to the skills currently present in the development team. After a long absence, my playing career was reignited in time to compete in the 2018 World Cup for Scotland, where we won a Bronze medal. I have been coaching for years and have represented Scotland in Squash too. I am also a member of Alliance International and have represented this organisation at a number of events. Masters Hockey is a great way to play hockey, the sport we all love, and meet new friends. 

ANA MARIA VINUE

I studied as an Architect at the Rosario National University before becoming heavily involved in sport for over 40 years. That was the beginning of the hockey love affair. I could list over 20 positions in hockey and sport development which I have held during this long association, but decided to focus on the important ones which applied to hockey.  Apart from playing and managing teams at a number of international events, I have been a regular member of the Board of the Argentine Hockey Association, President of the Development Committee, National Youth Hockey coordinator, Board member of the Argentine Hockey Confederation and a coach or coach trainer for the FIH and the PAHF in a number of areas including Umpiring.

EVENTS COMMITTEE (EC)

CHAIR: Ishbel Dickens (EB); Sue Briggs (EB); Steve Floyd; Linda Hunter; Alva Serrette & Henning von Wolff.

STEVE FLOYD

During 50 years hockey involvement, I have developed considerable experience as an International Coach, Manager and volunteer. I was the Event Manager / HNOC Chair of the postponed, and then cancelled, 2020 WMH World Cup in Nottingham. I coached internationally at U16 and U18 level and have managed every international male age group from U16 to seniors, culminating in managing the England Men’s team at the 2012 & 2013 World League Finals in India.  I also managed a number of age groups at European Championships and at the 2013 Junior World Cup in India.

I worked for England Hockey from 2006 to 2010 and am currently the EH Masters’ Programme Manager, responsible for England’s 17 international Masters’ squads. I was a member of the Event Management Group for the 2010 Women’s Champions Trophy Finals, assisted with the 2007 European Cup, the 2015 Women’s European Championships and the 2018 Women’s World Cup.  I was the Event Manager for the 2015 European Masters in London. My volunteering highlight was as Pitch Manager for the London Olympic Final in August 2012.

LINDA HUNTER

I am committed to the development of Masters hockey and have been a committee member of Hockey Australia Women’s Masters & Hockey Australia Masters Committees for the last 10 years.  I strongly support a coordinated approach to the scheduling of events across the world. Since retiring from playing and umpiring, I have continued to coach Australian Masters teams and been appointed to administrative and technical roles including Tournament Director and Technical Manager. These come with associated tasks such as creating match schedules for national and international events, writing and reviewing policies to support events and involvement in the planning and delivery of events. 

ALVA SERRETTE

I am a member of the USA Masters O60M Team and was the Hockey Competition Director for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, a position I held from 1994 until the summer of 1996. I believe that this “hands on” experience will serve me well on the WMH Events Committee. I was awarded the Certificate of Olympic Merit by the IOC. I also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee from 1989 to 1992 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Field Hockey Association from 1997 to 2000.

HENNING VON WOLFF

I am pleased to be a member of the WMH Events Committee.   I am a player in the German Masters Hockey team (O60M) and a member of the German Masters Hockey organisation (GMH). With my attention to fine details, I believe that I can apply this skill and my national and international experiences to identify the key aspects of any bid for hosting WMH events and discuss this with my colleagues in the EC to help develop Masters Hockey globally.  

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE (ITC)

CHAIR: Glenn Paton (EB); Maria Keesling; Ian Smith; Justin Tait.

MARIA KEESLING

I have been a USA goalkeeper for many years and have played Masters Hockey since the USA women attended their first World Cup in 2014 at Rotterdam. Shortly after that experience, I became involved with the USA Women’s Masters Committee as their Coordinator, and I still provide those services today. When WMH was looking for people to form the IT Committee, I thought that I could provide some help there as well. With such a broad background in IT, there are many opportunities to pitch in and contribute to the WMH charter. I have decades of experience encompassing all phases of software development life cycles. I have provided consulting services for several small clients, and have also been employed by a couple of larger, global companies. In addition to outdoor, I am an avid fan of indoor hockey. I was a member of the USA National Indoor team for several years, leading right up to my transition into Masters Hockey. I continue to play indoor, and am looking forward to increasing the level of participation for Masters across the board.

IAN SMITH

I am an IT professional with over 40 years’ experience. I have worked in the USA, the UK, Asia and Australia. I have been involved with large, high profile IT projects like the Sydney Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the design and support of a number of corporate systems.  I started my association with WMH in 2019 working with the IT committee and Executive Board in designing the IT strategies and planning for WMH’s IT services. These will underpin many of the activities and capabilities in our globally distributed organisation. 

JUSTIN TAIT

I am a 32-year-old Barbadian who still lives on the island. I am an IT professional with over ten years’ experience in software development. On the hockey front I started out playing in defence for my local club, the University of the West Indies Blackbird Hockey Club before becoming their goalkeeper. Now I’m back to playing outfield in whatever position is needed. However, I mainly officiate and am usually found in or around the technical area working as a Technical Official or even umpiring the occasional game. Apart from playing, I am a Director of the Barbados Hockey Federation and serve on a number of committees.  I also play the alto saxophone for relaxation.

ARJO WILLEMS

Arjo Willems, a key member of ICNIA, (the WMH commercial partner), was an important member of the WMH IT Committee. It was he who suggested that WMH should adopt a cloud-based administrative structure and this was consequently put into practice. Sadly, he passed away in the last week of March 2021 following an operation to remove a brain tumour. The WMH Executive Board has, on behalf of all our Members and his fellow Committee Members, tendered our sincere condolences to his family and our thanks for the technological legacy he has left the WMH.  He was a very honest and open man who only saw the good in everyone. Rest in Peace Arjo. We will miss you.

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE (TC)

CHAIR: Stephen Catton; Mathavan Devadas; Sonya Fisher (EB); Hanneke Menting; Wendy Stewart & Ahmed E. Youseff.

STEPHEN CATTON

I live in England and was previously a Member of the Interim WMH Steering Committee from 1998-99.  I am currently an FIH and EHF Technical Delegate and am the Chair of the EH Technical Appointments Committee. I was a former EHF Competitions Manager. I believe in the Masters Hockey project and have a strong desire to see it grow and succeed across the world.

MATHAVAN DEVADAS

A Singaporean, I am a lawyer by training. I have been a prosecutor, law lecturer and counsel. I am currently the President of the Singapore Hockey Federation and also the Vice President of the Asian Hockey Federation. I am an experienced technical official and have been appointed to Olympic Games, World Cup, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Asia Cup. I am currently on the FIH Pro League Panel.

HANNEKE MENTING

I live in the Netherlands and have been involved in Masters Hockey since my appointment as an Assistant Technical Delegate at the IMHA 2017 Indoor World Cup in Krefeld. I was involved as a Judge at the 2017 IMHA European Cup in Tilburg and as the Assistant Technical Delegate at the 2018 World Cup in Terrassa and at the 2019 Masters European Cup in Rotterdam.  I was the Chair of the IMHA Officiating Committee until the 2018 World Cup in Terrassa before becoming a member of the WMH Technical Committee. I have 19 years’ experience as a Dutch Technical Official and 15 years’ experience as a Technical Official for the European Hockey Federation.  I have been involved in hockey at all levels and in different roles for over 40 years.

WENDY STEWART

Iam an ardent all-rounder in the Masters Hockey community. I have umpired at the highest levels in international hockey including at the Commonwealth Games. Despite my youthful looks, I am a player, an umpire guru, a team coordinator for the 050 Canadian women and a coach to anyone who will listen. My Masters Hockey colleagues tell me that I am a true spirited ambassador who likes to encourage players of all abilities to become involved and stay involved in the sport. I am too modest to make such claims but I do love the sport and believe that everyone should try to be the best that they can be. I am committed to Masters Hockey values, its development and I want everyone to enjoy participating as much as I do, in whatever capacity they choose.  

AHMED E. YOUSEFF

I live in Cairo and am involved in a number of hockey committees – most recently the WMH Technical Committee.  I am an FIH & African HF Educator, the Chair of the Umpires Committee of the Egyptian Hockey Federation, a member of the FIH Rules Committee and a Member of the African HF Officials Committee. I will support WMH in its goal of developing Masters Hockey globally in line with FIH principles and objectives for the sport.

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