England Hockey has appointed Anne-Marie Garner and Mark Darbon as new independent board directors.
Darbon is the current CEO of Premiership Rugby club Northampton Saints and during his career also worked on the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Prevously, Darbon spent five years with drinks giant, Diageo, in a variety of strategic and commercial roles across multiple international markets.
Darbon said: “Hockey was always my main sport, at school and then for Oxford University and Hampstead and Westminster HC.
“I even managed to sneak into the England U21 side for a couple of seasons which was incredible to experience. Hockey has been at the centre of many of my most enduring friendships and memories and is still an important part of my life as I support my two young children both of whom are now playing at Northampton Saints HC.
“Being part of the England Hockey board and being able to contribute to the future success of the sport in England is a huge honour.”
Meanwhile, Garner – the Vice President of Corporate Strategy for wellbeing company, Therme Group – has extensive board experience in both the commercial and non-profit sectors and a strong corporate governance background. She has a life-long love of hockey, having played at county level. She has also been a coach for the past thirty years.
“My father introduced me to hockey as a child and I have loved it ever since, having played and coached for many years,” Garner said. “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining England Hockey as a board member at such an exciting time in hockey. It is an exceptional board to be joining and there are ambitious and fun times ahead.”
Nick Pink, England Hockey CEO said “Anne-Marie and Mark both bring skills and experience which will continue to elevate the board and help broaden our reach and relevance as a sport for all.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with them as they immerse themselves more in the world of hockey and meet our stakeholders, particularly those who work, volunteer and support, play and officiate the game across England.”