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Club14 Jul 2021

Meet the 2021/22 committee!

Maria Eugenia Carbajales Sisto (2018-2022)

Communication Officer

We spoke to our committee members and asked them to tell us their role, why they joined the committee, their favourite West Hampstead Hockey Club memory, and what they'd order at the clubhouse.

Chair: Jared Phayer

Jared Phayer (2018-2022)

Club Chair

What is your role at the committee?

Club Chair, represent the hockey section at the CLTC main committee meetings and work with England Hockey for the restructure (plus whatever manual labour Jamie sets me 😅).

Why did you join the committee?

Had been at the club for 6 years and thought it was my turn. Thought id do it for a year or two 😬...

Favourite WHHC memory

Delft - any year (but probably Greece).

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm?)

A gallon of goose.


Treasurer: Sophie Mills

What is your role at the committee?

Treasurer, looking after all the finances within the club, keeping records of the accounts and ensuring that the club stays within the annual agreed budget.  

Why did you join the committee?

LOL... something about giving back to the club 🤔 send help.

Favourite WHHC memory

Tough call... when Henry Shapland won a trip to the Ladies 4s sex tour at the quiz!

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm?)

Jugs jugs jugs!

Something we don’t know about you

I have a scar on my forehead where I got 9 stitches after taking a stick to the head.


Women's club captain: Ailsa Farey

Ailsa Farey

Women's Club Captain

What is your role at the committee?

Ladies Club Captain. Selling the WHHC dream to new recruits and managing the ladies side of the club.

Why did you join the committee?

Felt I should give something back after 7 years in the club.

Favourite WHHC memory

The time that Sophie Mills took the worst penalty flick and the goalie lifted her foot to let it in. Crowds went wild at BX, promotion secured.

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)? 

I would order a tap for Pinot on the bar so they cannot run out.


Men's club captain: Benji Knights Johnson

What is your role at the committee?

Men's Club Captain - Helping out the team captains with anything they need, and welcoming newbies to the club.

Why did you join the committee?

I've been a member for about 7 years and loved every season; developed a lot of friendships throughout the club and so thought I could help out the club with this position well.

Favourite WHHC memory

Too many to choose from, but probably just any club open day in the summer where we played fun hockey, BBQ'ed, and watched cricket on the balcony in the sun with a load of beers.

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm?) 

Jug of Hop House

Something we don’t know about you...

I was born in Northern Ireland (🇪🇺 EU passport, here I come!).


Youth officer: Jo Hillyer

Jo Hilyer

Junior Coordinator

What is your role at the committee?

Youth Officer, responsible for managing the club's junior section (currently very small!)

Why did you join the committee?

I took over from someone who was leaving the club, and no one else would do it, but it's fun (when we actually have some kids).

Favourite WHHC memory

When the M1s won the EHB cup in April 2011. The celebration on the coach home and at the clubhouse was epic...

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm?) 

At the AGM it's usually 'quiet, please!' as I'm trying to write the minutes. Otherwise, it's a pint of Hophead.


Fixtures secretary: Jamie Fortune

Jamie Fortune (2017-2022)

Fixtures Secretary

What is your role at the committee?

Fixtures Secretary - tasks involve looking after the relationship with the school, booking pitches, scheduling league and friendly matches and any other odd job, like building goals or gardening at the pitches.  

Why did you join the committee?

Jared put me into a head lock and threatened to break my legs if I didn't join. Just kidding.  The Men's Fixture Secretary role was vacant during the Summer and after some discussions, I volunteered to do the role and was co-opted onto the committee. 

Favourite WHHC memory

Has to be playing in the last M2s match of the 2019/2020 season against top of the league. The club support was unreal that day and something that will live with me for a long time. Helped that we won and I also got my first ever DoD for WHHC, even after saving a stroke. DoD was deserved though.

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm?) 

Pint of Estrella and some more match teas, please!  

Something we don’t know about you...

Was caught on camera celebrating a try during the famous South Africa v Japan 2015 World Cup match.


Umpire appointment secretary: Katy Snodgrass

Katy Snodgrass

Umpire Appointment Seceratry

What is your role at the committee?

Umpire Appointment Secretary, I work with the team captains and team umpire secretaries to ensure all games have two umpires.

Why did you join the committee?

Jared played to my weaknesses. He bought me a bottle of clubhouse Pinot and asked.

Favourite WHHC memory

Joining the Fours Mafia in a pre-pandemic 2019 and all the clubhouse socials. SXTR to Prague and meeting Henry Shapland. My first WHHC league game at Southgate and realising that England actually does have better weather than Scotland, and I may be here for a bit longer than intended.

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)?

I didn't get my nickname of KOTW (Katy on the Wine) for nothing. Classic clubhouse Pinot.


Umpire development officer: Georga Reed

Georga Reed (2019-2021)

Umpire Development Officer

What is your role at the committee?

Umpire Development Officer - My job is to ensure umpiring remains a cornerstone of WHHC and relay information from my role on the Middlesex Hockey Umpires Association committee as Fixtures Secretary and Welfare Officer.

Why did you join the committee? 

I was very hungover at the AGM and as no one volunteered for the role of Umpire Appointments despite lots of discussion... I put my hand up so we could all go home. (I have stayed on committee because it's amazing how much a group of volunteers can achieve and I love being part of a team that cares so much about hockey).

Favourite WHHC memory.

Not throwing up at end of season dinners. 

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)?

As many bottles of Prosecco as possible.

Something we don’t know about you...

I hated hockey at school and threw my stick into a bush when I was told I didn't ever have to play it any more.


Coaching officer: Mel Wood

Mel Wood (2020-2022)

Coaching Officer

What is your role at the committee?

Coaching Officer. Involves organising the coaches for everyone in the club. Here to support the coaches with their coaching, and work through any feedback from teams to improve their training sessions.

Why did you join the committee?

I started coaching last year and I wanted to get more involved this year to help bring more support to our team of fab coaches.

Favourite WHHC memory

Lately’s 😪

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm?) 

Jug of Estrella

Something we don’t know about you...

I faint every time I have an injection.


Comms officers: Maria Carbajales and Rachel Shortte

What is your role at the committee?

One half of the comms team - with Maru. We look after the newsletter, social media, key messages for captains to share with their teams and even dabble in a recruitment campaign or two. 

Why did you join the committee?

Jared would argue it’s to make his life a living hell - he’ll miss us one day.

Favourite WHHC memory

Being in the clubhouse surrounded by members from all different teams - hopefully it will be a reality again very soon!

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)?

Has to be a jug of beer doesn’t it?

Something we don’t know about you...

I use to ice skate competitively when I was younger, although chucked it in for hockey.

Maria Eugenia Carbajales Sisto (2018-2022)

Communication Officer

What is your role at the committee?

Comms Officer. Manage social media, newsletter and anything that the club wants to talk about, with my superstar idol Rach.

Why did you join the committee?

I love all things comms and thought it might be good to help the club. Besides, it might improve my english (especially the j sound).

Favourite WHHC memory

So many (I cry 🥲). Maybe Delft or my first end of season dinner with L4s, all sxtr’s, cheese and wine or beating top of the league with the twonicorns, my first goal with the L1s (shout out to Speedy Cat, I'll never forget the pass from middle of the pitch), dancing in the clubhouse with dj runi and playing with amazing ladies this summer league.

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)?

A glass of the club Pinot (or a bottle- if the L4s are around).


Social secretaries: Rich Shapland and Alice Hug

What is your role at the committee?

Social Secretary. Main tasks: keeping Hugs (the other one) on message and in line.

Why did you join the committee?

Joined the committee because of ego.

Favourite WHHC memory

Delft Tour 2019, a whole weekend of Dutch hockey, Dutch turbo shandy and Dutch sunshine. What's not to love?

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)?

Jugs of water.

Something we don't know about you...

I'm a karate black belt and London Youth Games medallist in archery.

Alice Hug (2020-2022)

Social Seceratry

What is your role at the committee?

One half of the Social Sec dream team - responsibilities include herding cats in the clubhouse, sweet talking Wolfpack and forced fun. 

Why did you join the committee?

To enforce said fun. 

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)?

A G&T to try and rectify the triple carbs that have been consumed at teas.

Something we don’t know about you... 

I’m better than Benji at tennis.


Welfare officer: Helen Mercer

Helen Mercer (2020-2022)

Welfare Officer

What is your role at the committee?

Welfare officer - hmmmm making sure you’re safe (and if you’re naughty, you’re told off!?)

Why did you join the committee?

Joined because it was time I gave something back....

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm?) 

Aaaand can’t go wrong with all the gin!!

Something we don’t know about you...

Something you don’t know about me, again I’m never good at these....I spoke French before I spoke English.


Disciplinary officer: James Southon

James Southon (2018-2022)

Disciplinary Officer

What is your role at the committee?

Disciplinary Officer. I make sure the club is compliant with England Hockey guidelines, and deal with on and off the pitch disciplinary issues

Why did you join the committee?

I've always been involved with committees, and wanted to help out with the running of a fantastic club!

Favourite WHHC memory

8s all you can eat 🇧🇷 Brazilian bbq in 2013

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)? 

Pint of Estrella.

Something we don't know about you...

I played American Football at university


Club officer: Xander Robinson

Xander Robinson (2019-2021)

Club Officer

What is your role at the committee?

Xander Robinson - Club Officer. I represent the members views to the committee, an impartial and unbiased voice on the committee. If members have anything to anonymously ask, raise or suggest to the committee, they can e-mail me at club-officers@whhc.uk, and I will raise this with the committee, and get back to them with an answer. I am always looking forward to hearing feedback, suggestions for improvements, new ideas, and queries.

Why did you join the committee?

To keep Jamie’s beard in check.

Favourite WHHC memory

What little I can remember of the amazing Sultans Tours that Paul Cohen organises. Apparently, one 9am morning game I pulled off a tomahawk into the roof of the net, whilst both drunk and hungover. Been seeking to recreate this in the league ever since, with mixed success. 

What would you order at the clubhouse (or agm)?

Either a pint of Goose, or all the Prosecco. 

Something we don’t know about you...

I’ve skied at over 100kph.