British Equestrian Federation Seeks New Chair
20 February 2008

Hugh Thomas, Chairman of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) for the last 3 years is standing down in June, at the end of his current term of office. There will be an election for this position.

The BEF Chairman is responsible for the performance and accountability of the Board in all matters relating to the agreed policy of the Federation. The Chairman also acts as President of the Federation in the international field and is closely involved in its role within the FEI. It is a voluntary role.

Hugh has been the Chairman of the BEF during what has been a very busy time. The Equestrian industry has seen much progress and had much excitement during that time, not least London?s success in its bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Hugh led the Federation with a focus on the concept that the Federation and its Member Bodies are one unit, independent legally while united in purpose; this has been an approach which has seen great progress in communication within and throughout the Federation as a whole.

Hugh?s term of office comes to an end at the BEF Council meeting on the 17th June 2008 and he has decided not to stand for re-election. He comments, ?I have very much enjoyed my time as Chairman of the BEF and feel that I have seen some major developments in the Equestrian World. The Federation in its widest sense has made great progress, not least in the atmosphere of trust that now exists; I hope we have laid the foundations for the important tasks that lie ahead.?

Three other directors of the BEF also complete their terms of office at the same as Hugh, the Director of Marketing (Clive Hetherington), the Director of International Affairs (Toby Vintcent) and the Commercial Director (Lotte Olsen). They are all eligible for re-election for a second term and will be standing. However, there will be an election for these posts if others are also interested in putting their names forwards. The BEF Council, consisting of representatives from each of the Member Bodies, elects the directors.

Linda Whetstone, Chair of the BEF Council comments, ?Hugh Thomas has done a wonderful job as Chairman of the BEF at a demanding time following its reorganisation and we will all be very sorry to see him go. The next six years will be every bit as interesting with joint European Show Jumping and Dressage Championships and the Olympic Games during that period?

Full Terms of Reference for the BEF Chair, the Directors? roles and the BEF Board can be found on the BEF website ? www.bef.co.uk/Vacancies. Those who would like to put themselves forward for any of these positions are asked to apply by letter to the Federation, on or before 31st March 2008. The election will take place on 17th June 2008.

 
BRITISH EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION CHAIRMAN & DIRECTORS

The BEF, working in conjunction with its member bodies, is the national governing body for British equestrian sport.

The BEF is seeking a new Chairman, who in leading a Board of Directors, is responsible for performance and accountability in all matters relating to the agreed policy of the Federation. The Chairman also acts as President of the Federation in the international field and is closely involved in its role within the FEI.

The Chairman will be elected by and responsible to the BEF Council, representing the Federation?s sixteen member bodies and will be supported by the BEF?s executive staff.

Board Meetings will be held at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire and will take place around six times a year.

This position is voluntary but offers the opportunity for close involvement in an exciting phase of the development of equestrian sport. Knowledge, therefore, of the equestrian industry or of another sport, whilst not essential, will be an advantage.

Three other directors of the BEF also complete their terms of office this year, they are all eligible for re-election for a second term and will be standing. There will be an election for these posts if others are also interested in putting their names forwards, full details are available on the BEF website.

Full Terms of Reference for the BEF Chair, the Directors? roles and the BEF Board can be found on the BEF website ? www.bef.co.uk/Vacancies.

Those who would like to put themselves forward for any of these positions are asked to apply by letter to the Federation, on or before 31st March 2008:

 

 
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