Derek joined the club in 1963 and was privileged to be a member of the 1XI team back in the 70’s/80’s. After several failed attempts, he finally retired from playing league matches in 2014 but remains involved in the North Masters over 70’s and is also an active club umpire. Derek is renowned for his popular after dinner speeches, is a regular attendee at club social events and has even been known to attend the odd hockey tour.
As President of LHC, Derek’s role involves officiating the AGM, supporting the Club Chairperson and assisting the Management Committee in making decisions for the benefit of the whole club – such as advising on disciplinary matters, club policy and overseeing the efficient running of the club.
Simon Batty joined the club when he was just a young boy in ‘short shorts’. He’s grown a lot of facial hair since then but still wears the same shorts to this day. In fact, he only ever wears long trousers when it is officially too cold to play hockey.
Affectionately known as ‘Batty’ to all who know him, Simon has been chairman of LHC since 2010 and has led the club with distinction during this time. You will find him at Weetwood nearly every hockey playing day, supporting our teams, umpiring on the pitch or socialising with friends, members and opposition players in the club bar.
To contact Simon, please email [email protected]
Phil has been at the Club since the early 90’s. He joined as he was always watching his Dad (Club stalwart Rod) play at Red Lane (the old Farsley Pitch).
Phil started playing in defence, worked his way up through the youth system and progressed to be a prolific forward. He has represented the club at every level, Captained some of the Men’s teams and is a qualified coach.
When asked to provide a comment about his time at the club Phil said:
“The club has been a central part of the Stubley household for many years. When I look back, I have seen the club from three Men’s teams to what it is now. The ambition of everyone involved in creating this Club I always find astounding. I can honestly say there is no club like us in the North of England”
Chris has been a member of the club since 2014 and became Club Secretary during the 2017/18 after serving as kit coordinator the previous season. When Chris is not busy dealing with club admin, he can be found captaining the Men’s 8s after finally giving into pressure from previous captains. Prior to joining the club, Chris was a member of Hull University Men’s Hockey Club (2011-2014) where he first took up hockey and now is only one of two people in the club who looks forward to an away day to Hull!
To contact Chris, please email [email protected]
A member of Leeds Hockey Club for the past 17 seasons, Mike was persuaded to start playing again by Chris McPhillimy by creating a side to support the development of Juniors. He managed to last a season and a half before old age and aches and pains won the day.
Prior to joining Leeds Mike has previously played for Harrogate HC 1 XI for a number of years and before that played in the East League for Pelicans.
After retiring for a second time, Mike was asked by Simon Batty to manage the Men’s 1 XI for a season which very quickly became eight.
Mike has played a pivotal role as part of the Partnership with UoL and Beckett being a firm supporter of the effort to improve the clubs playing standards.
After standing down as Men’s 1 XI manager he have been Treasurer for the last five seasons.
To contact Mike, please email [email protected]
Phil picked up a hockey stick for the first time in the summer of 2018 at the Leeds Hockey Club Summer Knockabouts after avoiding sports at school. Having enjoyed the summer he then joined the Club and was safely selected for the Men’s 8XI where he can be found causing a safety concern most weekends and training sessions, quite ironic given his day job is in health and safety. This background led Phil to contact the committee to volunteer when, in the summer of 2020, England Hockey announced the requirement for each club in the country to have a COVID Officer.
To contact Phil, please email [email protected]
Women’s Club Captain
Having realised she was much to short to make it as a netballer, although she does still play, Hannah started her hockey career at Morecambe hockey club and after a quick stop at Cliftonvile joined Leeds Hockey club in 2010 (she thinks) whilst studying at the University of Leeds. She became ladies club captain in 2016 and has enjoyed the success of the Leeds section reaching national league and when not playing can often be found on the side line supporting one of the ladies teams.
To contact Hannah, please email [email protected]
Men’s Club Captain
Sam Mawer joined the club as a 12 year old in 2002, a lack of football talent meaning his dream of playing for Leeds United had to be abandoned.
After leaving the club in 2009 and playing two seasons in Australia and multiple in the North East, Sam returned to the club in a blaze of glory after losing his last match for Whitley Bay 9-1 against a Leeds team on their way to national league promotion!
Back at Leeds, Sam settled in the 2XI team and has been captain of the side since 2017 and took on the role of Club Captain in 2018. You will either find him plodding around in defence somewhere, kicking the ball a lot, or on the side-lines at Weetwood trying to tell the next generation about the good old days.
To contact Sam please email [email protected]
Heather has joined the Committee for the 2019/20 season as our Sponsorship Secretary, looking to bring in new sponsors and cement relationships with our existing supporters. After Moving to Leeds to Study in 2011, Heather joined Leeds Hockey Club. She plays defence or midfield for the Women’s 4 XI. Before moving to Leeds Heather played at Framlingham Hockey Club for five years.
If you are interested in sponsoring the club, further details can be found on our sponsorship pages.
To contact Heather, please email [email protected]
Communications Officer & IT Support
Ed started playing hockey aged 9 when his dentist asked his mother for him to play a sport less risky to his teeth than rugby, she picked hockey. Ever since then Ed has been hooked. Ed joined LHC in September 2013 and had two seasons free and easy before he stepped up to captain the Men’s 8 for two seasons. Following that he was one of the Social Secretaries between 2016 and 2018 before stepping into the social role again for the 2019/20 season along with the Communications role.
Ed is also a qualified umpire and coach (although due to work commitments he avoids the latter).
For Communication queries, please contact [email protected]
For IT queries, including ClubBuzz, please contact [email protected]
To contact Mel, please email [email protected]
To contact Torquil, please email [email protected]
To contact Matt, please email [email protected]
To contact Kim, please email [email protected]
To contact Matt, please email [email protected]
To contact Neil, please email [email protected]
Fixtures Assistant – Women
To contact Katie, please email [email protected]
To contact the kit officer, please email [email protected]
Club Development Officer – University of Leeds
Carl is one of our Club Development Officers. Carl’s full time role is Head of Hockey at the University of Leeds, he is also our Men’s 1XI Team Couch. Carl has played to a very high standard with Loughborough Students, Beeston HC and Leeds in the EHL.
To contact Carl, please email [email protected]
Club Development Officer – Leeds Beckett University
Ollie is one of our Club Development Officers. Ollie’s full time role is Head of Hockey at Leeds Beckett University, he is also our Women’s 1XI Team Coach. Ollie is a former student from Leeds Metropolitan University and played in the Leeds HC 1XI Team from 2008 – 2012
To contact Ollie, please email [email protected]