The English Ice Hockey Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Joy Johnston to the Board of Directors. She has been co-opted onto the Board to take on the governance portfolio for the Association.Johnston is well known to the sport through her officiating background. She refereed with the EIHA for over 20 years and held an international referee licence between 2000-2015. She officiated at over 16 international tournaments, including three Winter Olympics, where she was selected to referee the bronze medal game in Torino in 2006 and the gold medal game in Sochi 2014. Having achieved her goals as an official, she stepped off the ice in 2014 to focus on officiating management roles.
Joy was invited by the IIHF Asian Office to take on a role in the UAE where she was tasked with setting up an officiating programme. She lived and worked in the UAE for two seasons setting up the programme and training people to run it in the future. The IIHF further appointed her as one of only 35 IIHF Referee Supervisors across the world and as an IIHF Referee Instructor, where she teaches and instructs at their development camps all over the world.
On her return to the UK, in 2016, the EIHA appointed her as Head of Officiating Training and Developing.
Whilst Johnston has an impressive background in our sport, it is her professional career which interests the Board and is the reason for her co-option and appointment. She holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law and Practice from De Montfort University and is a sports governance professional.
She worked previously as the Governance Officer at the Sport and Recreation Alliance (the trade association for all national governing bodies of sport across the UK) and as a Governance Manager at UK Sport (the elite funding agency for sport in the UK). These roles saw her develop guidance and support for national governing bodies looking to improve their governance, change their board structures, and become more effective organisations.
She authored the Voluntary Code of Good Governance for the Sport and Recreation Sector and has experience of driving through governance changes in sporting bodies to help them realise their full potential and deliver against their strategic objectives. She is currently Head of Governance and Quality at the English Football League Trust, where she provides governance support to the network of 72 football league community trusts aligned with the 72-football league professional clubs.
EIHA Chairman Ken Taggart said: “At a time when sport governance has never been so important in the wider world and for our sport, the Directors think that Joy Johnston will be a strong asset to the Association, and we welcome her on board.”