Wychwood Ladies Committee

The Committee Team


Catherine Forteath


I started playing hockey at the age of 14 at Henry Box School and then joined Wychwood L.H.C when I was 17.

I have always played an active part in the running and development of the club and I have been Chair since May 2016. As chair it is my job to lead from the front and support the committee members in their roles. I also make sure that committee meetings are planned effectively and that the club is run in line with the constitution. My passion is for all ages and abilities to be able to enjoy the wonderful game of hockey at our club!

Contact me at wychwood.chair@gmail.com


Joanne Smaldon

Vice-Chair, Fixtures & Umpires Secretary, Treasurer

I have been a member of Wychwood LHC since deciding to pick up a stick again over 10 years ago. During my time here I have been 1st team Captain, Vice-Captain and Coach. Having recently sent myself on the Level 1 Umpiring course it felt like a natural step to join the committee as Fixture and Umpires Secretary. It’s my job to maintain positive links between the club and our Umpires as well as inspiring many of our players to take on umpiring for themselves. I am also responsible for ensuring all of our pitches are booked for fixtures and training and that our umpire appointments are made for all of our fixtures.

Contact me at Wychwood.fixtures.umpires@gmail.com



Rachel Manners


I joined the club 26 years ago following in my mother's footsteps. Having watched my mum play for the club in my younger years I was keen to join as soon as I turned 13 and have been actively involved ever since as a general committee member, Vice-Captain and currently as the club Secretary. It is my role to take the minutes of the committee meetings and keep everyone in the club up to date with all of the goings on by the committee.

Contact me at wychwood.secretary@gmail.com


Claudia Kemsley

Welfare Officer

I joined Wychwood Ladies in 2015 and immediately enjoyed the relaxed and friendly feel to the club. I played hockey all throughout school and university so I was thrilled to find such a lovely local club to join. As Welfare Officer, it’s my job to promote safeguarding, diversity and inclusion in the club so that we all get to enjoy hockey in a safe and welcoming environment.

Contact me at Wychwood.welfare@gmail.com


Natalie Carpenter

Development Officer

Natalie is one of the longest standing members of the club having been an active member of since her early teens. During that time she has been a committee member, Captain and Vice Captain on multiple occasions. 

As development officer, Natalie is striving to continue to seek ways to help our club and its members to grow and flourish. 

Contact me at Wychwooddevelopment1@gmail.com

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Islay Thorne

1st Team Captain

I joined Wychwood in 2018 and very quickly grew to love the club. I have always been keen to help out and took it upon myself to organise some new kit for players. This is my second time Captaining the first eleven and am looking forward to the challenge the new season will bring.

Contact me at Wychwood.captain@gmail.com


Courtney Smith

2nd Team Captain & Covid Officer

Courtney is a relatively new member to the club and it only took her a few seasons of playing to realise she wanted to take more of an active role within the club. She first took on running the monthly Wychwood Lottery, this was quickly followed by being voted as Second team Captain and Covid officer on the committee. 

Within these roles, Courtney hopes to lead by example and develop a warm and safe environment within our club. 

Contact me at Wychwood2s.captain@gmail.com or Wychwood.covid@gmail.com


Lily Sherwood

U18 Rep

I have been playing hockey for Wychwood since 2019 and was really happy to find such a welcoming club! I’ve been slowly getting more involved with the Wychwood family and am keen to stay an active member of the committee. 


Fraser Barnard

Head Coach

As a member of Witney mens 1's, Fraser is well equipped to deliver high quality coaching sessions for both our ladies 1's and 2's. Assisted by his brother, Lewis (also a member of Witney Mens 1's), their passion for the sport and challenging practises have allowed our members to challenge themselves and reach new heights in their playing abilities. 

Contact me at Wychwood.coach@gmail.com

Our Presidents and Vice Presidents

Wychwood Ladies Hockey Club is headed by a President and Vice Presidents who are former players or people who have significantly contributed to the club.

Presidents and Vice Presidents are offered honorary membership of the club including voting rights. They are also invited to matches and teas at The White Hart on a Saturday when they can also watch current teams play and catch up with old friends.

President - Terry Jacobs

Terry has been an avid supporter of the club since its formation in 1973. His daughter joined the club in the early days and Terry became a super supporter on the sideline. Terry still comes to support the team even on the cold winter days, and it is always great to have him!

Vice Presidents

Paula Crowther, Anne Dobson and Helen Saunders have been active members of the club since its early days. They have taken on many roles in the club between them from captain to vice-captain and various committee member roles. Although they have all now retired from playing they all keep a close eye on the club and volunteer as and when its needed.


Mary Pimm has been an active volunteer for the past 45 years and is responsible for producing three generations of hockey players for Wychwood Ladies Hockey Club. When Mary's daughter joined the club 45 years ago she took on the role of washing the players kit every Saturday after each game and maintained this role for many years. Now an avid supporter she loves to hear of the clubs progress.