The Irish Hockey Association have announced Angus Kirkland as the new Chief Executive of IHA as the search to replace Paul Varian has finally ended.
In the role of CE, Mr Kirkland will be responsible for the implementation of the IHA’s 2008-2012 Strategic Plan.
“Angus’ appointment is timely for a number of reasons. Firstly, it follows an extended vacancy of the position of Chief Executive and secondly it coincides with the imminent finalisation of the next phase of our strategic planning. This plan outlines the development of hockey over the next four years.” commented Irish Hockey’s Chairman, John Dennis .
Kirkland joins the Association with a experience in strategic planning, sponsorship and sport’s management. In 2002, he completed a Masters in Business Administration majoring in finance, marketing and project management before accruing a further six years experience primarily in the sport ing industry.
In 2005, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer with Irish Squash of which his primary responsibility was to oversee all aspects associated with the development and growth of squash in Ireland .
His experience with regard to the day to day management of sport which was gained in management positions with both Mount Pleasant LTC and the Harvard Club of Boston and is also familiar with the demands of playing sport at an elite level as from 1991 – 2000 he competed as a professional squash player which involved international travel to compete in major events.
Commenting on his appointment Kirkland said “I am absolutely delighted to accept the post of Chief Executive of Irish Hockey and to be part of an organisation of such stature and reputation. I am looking forward to working with everyone within hockey to continue to grow the games’ profile and standing, and the challenge that entails.”