Hockey Wales have confirmed the appointment of David Phenis ©Hockey Wales

Hockey Wales has appointed David Phenis as its new chief executive Oon a full-time basis.

Phenis initially took the role in September on an interim basis following the departure of Helen Bushell, who moved on to become community sport director for Sport Wales.

He will be tasked with overseeing Hockey Wales' Vision 2020, a strategy which aims to make hockey in the country bigger, better and more engaging. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed leading the organisation forward during this time, but now I am thrilled that I can look forward to continuing the work I have begun and strive towards our target of Vision 2020," said Phenis.

David Phenis has been charged with implementing Hockey Wales' Vision 2020 strategy
David Phenis has been charged with implementing Hockey Wales' Vision 2020 strategy ©Getty Images

Previously a self-employed sports adviser working with the University of South Wales, Phenis has also assisted a number of national governing bodies, including Welsh Rugby Union.

He has 35 years of experience in Local Government and according to Hockey Wales is widely recognised for his effective leadership and delivery in sport development and management.

Richard Proctor, chair of the Hockey Wales Board of Directors, said: “I am delighted that David will be joining the Hockey Wales family on a full-time basis.

"We all believe that this is an excellent appointment for Hockey Wales and we have great confidence that David will continue to build on the good work he has been doing on an interim basis, to drive vision 2020 on a full time basis.”

Wales sent hockey sides to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but both the men's and women's teams finished bottom of their pools.