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James Ross - Director of Hockey








James joined Hill House in September 2017 from Loughborough University, where he ran the very successful Ladies Programme. While at Loughborough, his Ladies’ teams competed in the England Hockey National North League and regularly reached the National Final in the British Universities and Colleges for Sport (BUCS) competition. Many of the players that James has worked with have gone on to play National Premier and Regional League Hockey, and some Performance players have earned international honours, including Ellie Rayer, Sabbie Heesh, Beth Bingham, Megan Lewis-Williams, Lucy Millington, Charlotte Daly. Before this, he was Director of Hockey at Leeds Metropolitan University, where his team competed at the highest level of BUCS North League, with players that included Sam Quek, Kirsty McKay, and Jo Ellis. 

  • England Hockey Level Three Coach
  • Great Britain Advanced Coach Programme (ACP, Cohort 3)
  • Head Coach for the Yorkshire Performance Centre – Girls (both U15 and U17)
  • England Hockey Coach Educator and Assessor
  • Hill House 1st XI Coach








Katie joined Hill House in January 2017, from Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, where she was Head of Junior Physical Education. Katie played National League Hockey for Wakefield and Doncaster Hockey Clubs, at University First Team level with both Leeds Metropolitan University and Durham University, cricket for Newcastle Ladies CC, and has played Premier League football for Huddersfield Ladies FC. At RGS Newcastle, she coached their U11 hockey team to be North Champions, and in her first season at Hill House School, our U13 Girls team repeated this success.

  • England Hockey Level 2 Coach
  • British Universities Cup Winner with Leeds Metropolitan University

Peter Shipston








Peter serves as Housemaster and Head of Politics at the school, but also has an illustrious hockey career to go alongside his teaching career. Peter coaches the Girls U15 Yorkshire Performance Centre, and is captain of Harrogate Hockey Club.

  • England Hockey Level 2 Coach
  • Selected to represent Great Britain Masters XI for Hockey
  • Lead Coach for the Yorkshire Performance Centre – Girls U15
  • First Team Coach at Harrogate HC

Charlotte Dodds

Charlotte is a passionate hockey player and sports’ teacher; she has competed at both Regional and National levels for Hockey, Rounders, and Athletics. Charlotte has played in Doncaster HC 1st XI Ladies team for many seasons and has received numerous National League caps; her efforts have found her at the top of the scoring charts for the club, scoring key goals in the many matches.

  • England Hockey Level 2 Coach
  • NPSA North East Manager for Athletics

David Holland

David coached his U14 team last year to the national finals, and has seen previous teams also qualify for these from the South West.  A player previously with Cambridge University, he coached at Doncaster Hockey Club for many years, and combines his love for hockey with being Headmaster of Hill House.

  • England Hockey Level 2 Coach
  • Hill House 2nd XI coach

Steve Marsh

Steve played representative hockey for both Surrey and South West across many age groups, captaining the sides during an extremely long and successful unbeaten period. This led to him representing England at U16 Schoolboys level, and going on to represent Middlesex at U21 tournaments. Steve currently plays for and captains a side at Doncaster Hockey Club, helping integrate junior members into playing competitive adult fixtures in the Yorkshire League system. He combines his love of hockey with an outstanding ability at cricket (also representative level), and has a fantastic approach to teaching many year groups in Sport.

  • England Hockey Level 1 Coach
Attended various EH training days, including Sessional Coach Course, Goalscoring