Chairman - Ashley Cullen
I started to play volleyball at the relatively late age of 17 and was lucky enough to be part of the national Junior and Senior squads for a number of years. I am an experienced National League coach and currently team manager to the England Cadet Boys. I have also been running one of the largest and long lasting outdoor fun tournaments for over 30 years. I am delighted to be chair of Hampshire and my passion is to get juniors playing volleyball as early as possible and encourage them to play each discipline in this wonderful sport.
Secretary - Clarisa Hammond
I am Clarisa Hammond, the Honorary Secretary for HVA. I had started playing volleyball terribly at the age of 13 in Singapore on the indoor and beach front. While playing in the NVL in the last decade, I qualified as an NVL scorer and referee, and was fortunate enough to be part of the Volleyball Statistics Team in the London Olympics 2012. I now play for Winchester Eagles, and am involved in the committee and am helping to set up a ladies team!
Junior Volleyball - Ryan Gunner
Having first picked up a Volleyball at University, I was instantly hooked. I presided the University Volleyball Club, appointed a Senior Higher Education Volleyball Officer for Volleyball England and joined a local Volleyball Club. In my role as PE teacher and a Club Coach, I guide junior players in their tentative steps towards acquiring the physical literacy necessary to progress towards lifelong participation in our wonderful game.
My goal is to assist schools and clubs to rapidly expand their provision, and expertise, in volleyball opportunities for children for train and compete in regular events, with other likeminded young sportspeople.
Sitting Volleyball - Richard Osborne
I am Richard Osborne, the Sitting Volleyball representative for the HVA. I have been coaching sitting volleyball for 10 years at South Hants, and I am also the GB Development Coach Head Coach and Invictus Games Team UK Head Coach.
I would love to see more sitting volleyball activity taking place across the Hampshire region, including growing the number of sitting sections in existing indoor clubs, so if you are interested in a free taster session or would like some advice on how you can deliver sessions then please get in touch.
Indoor Volleyball - Andy Edwards
I'm Andy Edwards, and I run the Indoor Volleyball competitions for HVA. I don't remember when I first picked up a volleyball; my father learned to play at university and so I started to play as soon as I could handle a ball! Playing then led to coaching, where my philosophy is to get as many people playing volleyball as possible, with a competitive focus on women's volleyball.
Somewhere around 2010 I started to get more involved in organising tournaments and leagues in Southampton, which led to my current role in HVA managing the various competitions we provide to the volleyball community in Hampshire and the surrounding areas.
Publicity Officer - Jo Ankers
I became involved in volleyball after my two children started playing at New Forest VC in 2015. As a Board Member there, I help run the junior programme, and my professional marketing experience was quickly seized upon to help improve the Club's profile in the press and further afield.
I joined the HVA Board early 2019 as a Communications Lead and have enjoyed being part of the team ever since. I often feel a bit of an imposter having never played the game myself, but with 30 years marketing in the leisure industry, I work to raise the profile of the game in our region through newsletters, social media and press activity.
Treasurer - Caroline Hancock
I am Caroline Hancock, the Treasurer for the HVA. I joined in 2018 and am responsible for keeping HVA's finances on track! My background is in finance and I'm also treasurer for the Havant Borough Sports Association. Although I don't play volleyball, I am sport-minded and this role is a great opportunity to support the development of volleyball at a local level.