Ice Hockey UK have appointed Richard Grieveson and Gary Brine to the posts of chairman and commercial director respectively.
Grieveson replaces Jim Anderson as the head of IHUK and has 27 years’ experience in the leisure and sport industry, with an impressive CV to his name.
He recently worked with the Scottish government and national sports agencies in the development and delivery of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 Ryder Cup.
While excited by his new post, Grieveson says he has a tough act to follow as he looks to boost the sport in this country.
He told the Ice Hockey UK website: “I’m excited by the opportunity to work with the board and I would like to thank previous chairman, Jim Anderson, for his hard work, vision and commitment.
“He will be a hard act to follow, but I am very much looking forward to continuing the journey of improvement and development of ice hockey in the UK.
“My priorities are to work with the board to finalise and implement the outcomes of the strategic review of the sport, to create a sustainable future.
“Plus I aim to improve the development continuum for our talented young athletes by creating more and better opportunities to grow the Great Britain talent pool.
“I am driven by challenge and am confident that with the support and guidance of key stakeholders, partners and the board of directors, we will achieve our goals and aspirations.”
Gary Brine also joins IHUK as commercial director in a new post and has a wealth of experience of the sport already.
He played for over 20 years playing in the 70s, 80s and 90s for a variety of clubs including Streatham Redskins, Slough Jets, Medway Bears and Bracknell Bees.
Brine also represented Great Britain at under-18 and under-20 level and has a career in advertising and marketing.
He now runs a property development company and has also kept his links with ice hockey by coaching juniors in Guildford to three national championships in four years.
The 52-year-old said: “I am delighted to able play a part in the continued resurgence of ice hockey in the UK.
“The board of Ice Hockey UK have a clear vision for the sport and I will do my very best to support the chairman and the board to help them achieve their goals.
“After a playing career lasting 21 years and successful business ventures, I feel now is the time to make my skill-set available to IHUK.”
IHUK general secretary, Andy French, said: “On behalf of the Ice Hockey UK board I would like to welcome Richard to his position as chairman.
“During the interview process there were many outstanding candidates, but Richard stood out amongst them all.
“His vision for the sport is exciting and IHUK will, I am sure, progress under his leadership.
“As for Gary, the board were very impressed with him and he is certainly the man to take us forward.”