24th May 2022, Brussels, Belgium: EHF Executive Board meeting took place on Tuesday 17th May 2022 in Brussels.
The President, Marijke Fleuren, warmly welcomed everyone to the second face-to-face meeting this year. This was a special meeting, as the Board and all staff members met together for the first time in a long time.
During the last Board meeting, an outcome was to take some time to focus on reviewing the EHF strategic plan, the operational plan, and the future.
The EHF is proud that, especially over the past two years, it has been in close contact with our NA’s, clubs, officials, and all the hockey family about the steps we were making.
The President thanked our Members for their hard work to keep things going during the Covid-19 period.
The minutes of the March meeting were read, approved, and signed.
Competition Committee Outdoor/Indoor report
Walter Kapounek reported to the Board on the outdoor and indoor events changes. The main changes were made for EuroHockey Qualifiers, more information here.
Digital transformation update
At the last meeting Siobhán Madeley, Tom Pedersen – Smith, and Jokko de Wit presented the Digital Transformation project to the Board. This meeting was focused on a better understanding of the importance of the project and how it will work.
Strategic plan 2020 – 2026 review and update
Angus Kirkland presented to the Board and staff members the current Strategic plan 2020 – 2026.
The Board and staff members spent time reviewing the plan and discussed some updates for the Strategic Plan 2022 – 2028. The updated Strategy plan will be circulated to Board in the upcoming weeks.
Tom Pedersen–Smith presented the operational plan to the Board. The main reason for this presentation was to give an overview of the work being done through the staff and the Committees and how the activity could drive the stated Strategic goals.
The plan highlights how many different data systems we use across the various functions that need to be managed manually. The proposed Digital Transformation project will look to streamline our processes to make the organization more efficient and effective. How fast this project can be delivered will largely depend on whether EU funding can be achieved.
Member National Association Snapshot
The Board agreed to have official wording for EHF members – Member National Association (abbreviation – NA).
At the previous Board meeting, the Board felt that to facilitate good decision making it was important to understand what interaction across various sections of the organization we were engaged in with our NAs.
An overview was presented, and group discussions took place on how best to support and track our activity with the NAs. This work will be collated and written up so it can be the basis for planning for the future.
FIH and EHF elections
Marijke Fleuren and Angus Kirkland presented information about the FIH elections in November 2022 and the EHF elections in August 2023 to the Board. The focus, for now, will be on the upcoming FIH elections.
The President thanked the Board and staff members for their time and was happy and grateful to have this special meeting.
The meeting closed at 16:40.