Neil Strowger


Appointed in September 2022 and with a strong track record in education and wide-ranging role that includes safeguarding, compliance, recruitment and stakeholder engagement, Neil’s experience includes being shortlisted for Headteacher of the Year twice.

Amanda Bennett

Senior Independent Director Non Executive Director Appointed to the Board in April 2018. Former Wales international rugby player Amanda is Managing Director of FairPlay Ltd, which exists to support people and sports organisations.

Stephen Coy

Chair of Audit and Governance Commmittee Non Executive Director Stephen was appointed to the Board in July 2020. After initially training as an accountant, for over 25 years Stephen has worked as a business consultant working alongside businesses across a variety of sectors to deliver improvements.f

Diaraye Diallo

Non Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in April 2018. She brings a comprehensive blend of business experience and handball passion and knowledge. She is a banker by profession, with over 15 years’ experience with global financial institutions.

Chad Ehlertsen

Safeguarding Board Lead Non Executive Director. Chad was elected to the Board in September 2017. He is an executive with CEO and Board-level experience within the sports industry. Chad is a Senior Regional Manager at the FA. He works strategically to support business growth across the South West and Midlands.

Marc Fayemi

Non Executive Director

Marc was elected to the Board in June 2016. His professional background is banking. He is passionate about handball, growing up at a time in France when the sport began to see huge growth and success. Marc has been involved with West London Eagles (previously Ruislip Eagles) since 2005, and on the club’s committee since 2008.

Jean-Christophe Lacour

Chair of Development Group Non Executive Director. JC was elected to the Board in November 2020. JC, who played handball in his native France at secondary school and university (MSc), co-founded Ealing Handball Club after London 2012. He is now Chair of West London Eagles Handball Club, with whom Ealing merged.

Paul Shapiro

Non Executive Director

Paul was appointed to the Board in April 2018. He is a managing associate at top tier sports law specialists, Northridge. His work focuses on commercial and regulatory advice to clients in the sports sector. He  regularly advises on governance issues and financial regulation in sport. His experience also includes acting for athletes, brands and rights holders on sponsorship, licensing and merchandising programmes.

Heather Williams

UKAD and Performance Board Lead Non Executive Director. Heather was appointed to the Board in April 2018. She is a former national level swimmer and triathlete. Since 2003 she has combined her passion for sport with her professional business background, first at British Triathlon and then at British Canoeing.



England Handball – THE ASCENT – 2022/30 Stratergy

This page contains relevant information on governance structure, strategy and impact and is designed to enable members and stakeholders to better understand:

  • Who is involved in the governance of the organisation
  • England Handball’s aims and objectives for the future
  • England Handball work to this point.

It is also part of England Handball’s commitment to meeting the requirements of the Code for Sports Governance. England Handball is committed to meeting the diversity targets set out in the Code and has amended its Equal Opportunities Policy and Articles of Association to reflect this commitment.

England Handball has adopted, as part of its Memorandum and Articles of Association, a target of a minimum of 30% of each gender on its board and currently exceeds this target. In addition, the board is committed to achieving gender parity and greater diversity within its members including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, other minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.


To support this work, the board is in the process of developing a Diversity Action Plan which will be published on this page once agreed.

If you would like to discuss any area of England Handball’s governance, strategy and impact please contact feedback@englandhandball.com

England Handball
Policies and Guidance Documents

Board TOR

Ethics and Behaviour

Audit and Governance

Risk Management Policy


Data Protection

Junior Player Policy

Anti-Doping Policy

Equal Opportunities


Social Media - Athletes

Health and Safety

Data Protection Policy

Competition Ts and Cs