The South East Hockey Team

Meet the people responsible for running South East Hockey


Mark Hollis - Chair

I’ve been involved in hockey from school, club, County and regionally in the North West before moving to London. Moving to Sussex in 2000 and supporting children a sporting ambitions saw me coaching the juniors at Crawley before moves to East Grinstead where I again helped coach and manage various sides as well as main committee roles, ladies' Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair over a 15 year period  before moving further South in 2021 . Co-opted to the transition group and subsequently to the new South East board. I continue to umpire regularly as a South East umpire.  

I was elected Chair at the 2022 AGM and look forward to developing hockey for all those involved within the South East Area.

Ben Holder - Vice-Chair  

My Hockey career peaked when I was selected to play one match for Somerset Under 16. This selection was perhaps not as glamorous as it sounds as a flu epidemic robbed the team of the Millfield contingent leading to a last minute panic for substitutes. The 1 – 0 win against Gloucestershire will always remain with me however.

Subsequently I have represented Reading University, The Wimbledon Club and Tunbridge Wells and I currently play for Tonbridge Black Knights. I am Level II England Hockey Qualified coach and have coached at Senior and Junior level for Tunbridge Wells and at Development and Academy Centres in Kent. I am also a Kent Level 1 Assessed Umpire.  

I currently am not affiliated to a Club, but continue to visit many Clubs in the South East region as a taxi service for my daughter. 

If Somerset should once again find themselves desperate for Over 50’s Masters players, I am available for a last minute call up.

John Thompson - Finance Director

I've been involved in hockey since school, in a playing, umpiring and administrative capacity. I am currently Secretary at Fleet & Ewshot HC, a post I've been in since 2008. During that time the club has doubled in size and has had two successful ClubMark accreditations, expanded from six to ten adult teams, and seen a growth in juniors to almost 200 junior members with teams at all age groups. I am also captain of the FEHC Men's 5s. Since 2012 I was Secretary of Hampshire HA until last year. Latterly, I've been co-opted on to the SE transition group as FEHC has elected to join this area.

Elouise Chowne - Operations Director

I currently play for Worthing Hockey Club and sit on the committee as the Fixtures Secretary. I have played hockey since I was 16, originally for Penguins HC, before leaving the sport to have my two children. I returned in 2020, found my feet again. In summer 2023 I decided I wanted to give back and joined the board. Hockey has been a huge influence for me, not only socially, but physically and professionally. It really has developed me to be the leader I am today. For me, I would love to ensure the next generation are able to find a hockey stick! 

My professional background is from OFSTED, education and now engineering. #WomeninSTEM 

Robert Harrison - Governance Director

Emma York - Co-opted Director