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British Equestrian Federation - World Class Programme Performance Director

Salary: competitive
Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is seeking a dynamic individual with a track record of success to lead its World Class performance Programme.

As the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK the BEF, working collaboratively with its 19 member bodies, represents a broad spectrum of equine interests. Athletes of both sexes and all ages compete on an equal footing, making equestrianism one of the only gender neutral and age neutral sports. It has a huge public appeal within an extensive competitive landscape. Some 4.2m people in the UK ride each year, and with longstanding BEF member organisations such as The Pony Club and RDA, there is an abundant talent pool of potential world class athletes.

At an elite level, equestrian sport in Great Britain has enjoyed unparalleled success in recent years with our athletes across all disciplines achieving outstanding success at both the London and Rio Games. The para-dressage team are recognised as world leaders and continue to maintain their unbeaten track record.

The BEF is now poised to reinvigorate its approach with a new strategy currently being developed collaboratively with the BEF’s Olympic discipline Member Bodies. The sport possesses a unique challenge of optimising both the equine and human athlete and a central element to these plans will therefore be an increased emphasis on sports science and a more tailored coaching approach.

The successful candidate will lead and direct the BEF’s vision to nurture a winning environment and ensure that Great Britain maintains the most advanced performance programme in the world. The Performance Director, working in partnership with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, will oversee the management of athletes and horses, while supporting their owners, and develop emerging talent through identifiable pathways to ensure a rich pipeline for the future. This is a challenging role within a complex, multi-stakeholder environment – both internal and external – and will require the very best in leadership skills. Creating a collaborative and supportive culture will be key to maximise alignment of both the performance pathways and rider progression.

The successful candidate will have the ability to manage and motivate teams of people with a variety of different interests, as well as ensuring that stringent performance criteria are met.  A track record of success in leading a multi-disciplinary team in a national or publicly funded high-performance environment. Knowledge of equestrian sport would be useful but not essential. Above all the candidate will have the desire to create a culture of collaboration and a passion to lead the team to success at Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

Interested candidates should send a covering letter, outlining current salary and a CV to Dawn Brown - dawnbrown@positivedynamics.co.uk  

Closing date for applications is Friday 20 January 2017. Interviews will take place week commencing 6 February 2017.  


British Equestrian Federation - World Class Programme Dressage Performance Manager

Location: Abbey Park, Kenilworth

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is seeking a Dressage Performance Manager (PM) to lead, manage and develop Dressage within the National Lottery-funded Equestrian World Class Programme (WCP).

As the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK the BEF, working collaboratively with its 19 member bodies, represents a broad spectrum of equine interests. Athletes of both sexes and all ages compete on an equal footing, making equestrianism one of the only gender neutral and age neutral sports. It has a huge public appeal within an extensive competitive landscape. Some 4.2m people in the UK ride each year, and with longstanding BEF member organisations such as The Pony Club and RDA, there is an abundant talent pool of potential world class athletes.

At an elite level, equestrian sport in Great Britain has enjoyed unparalleled success in recent years with our athletes across all disciplines achieving outstanding success at both the London and Rio Games.

The BEF is now poised to reinvigorate its approach with a new strategy currently being developed collaboratively with the BEF’s Olympic discipline Member Bodies. The sport possesses a unique challenge of optimising both the equine and human athlete and a central element to these plans will therefore be an increased emphasis on sports science and a more tailored coaching approach.

The Dressage Performance Manager (PM) role offers the successful candidate an opportunity to play an integral part in the evolution of a highly successful GBR high performance sport programme. Working with the Performance Director the Dressage PM will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of the WCP’s Dressage Podium Programme. He/she will work with all areas of the WCP and BEF, British Dressage and with national and international bodies.

At Championships and other designated competitions, the PM will be the Team Manager and Chef d’Equipe for the senior GBR Dressage Team, responsible for structuring and managing team support.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage, motivate and empower in order to deliver success, as well as highly effective organisational and administrative competencies. He/she will have experience of high performing cultures and environments, a sound understanding of elite equestrian sport, and be able to harness the support of a complex stakeholder community up to Board level.

The role will be part time with an expectation of working weekends and undertaking significant travel abroad to support coaches and athletes at key points in the competition calendar

Application forms, together with an up to date CV, should be sent to Maggie Moreton, Head of Secretariat, maggie.moreton@bef.co.uk or British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH by 12 noon on 20 January 2017

The remuneration package will be commensurate with skills and experience of the candidate and the responsibilities of the role. The BEF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications.


Members for Case Management Group for Safeguarding

The British Equestrian Federation (“BEF”), the national governing body for equestrian sports, and its member bodies are committed to a programme of continuous improvement in the management of safeguarding issues in equestrian sport. The BEF met the Advanced Safeguarding Standard of the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) in 2011 and has continued to work with the CPSU to develop and embed practices and procedures, with an iterative process of defined action plans.

The BEF is now redesigning and refreshing its Case Management Group (“CMG”) and is looking for members with appropriate expertise to sit on the Group and to form a pool of experts on whose expertise it and its member bodies can draw in individual safeguarding cases.

CMG Member Duties

  • To provide a group of experts from which Case Management Panels can be appointed to advise, investigate, inquire into and report on safeguarding cases referred to the Group.
  • To provide specific advice or guidance on request to the BEF or to any of its member bodies in relation to safeguarding issues.
  • To support the BEF in sharing and developing best practice or new initiatives relevant to safeguarding, attending a group meeting of the CMG at least once a year.

Expertise
We are looking for members with current knowledge of safeguarding management and with specific skills in at least one of the following areas:

  • Investigation
  • Education
  • Risk Assessment
  • Children’s Services
  • Legal
  • Sport
  • Voluntary/charity organisations

Remuneration/Expenses
Members appointed to a Panel in relation to a safeguarding case or providing specific advice or guidance to the BEF or any of its member bodies in relation to safeguarding issues will be remunerated at a standard rate, currently £35 per hour, and reimbursed in accordance with the BEF expenses policy in respect of expenses incurred. Reasonable expenses of members of the CMG incurred to attend meetings to support the BEF in sharing and developing best practice or new initiatives relevant to safeguarding will be reimbursed by the BEF in accordance with its expenses policy.

Application Process
Applications comprising CV, Supporting letter and details of 2 referees should be submitted to Ashlee McCarthy, Safeguarding Officer, British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH, or email Ashlee.McCarthy@bef.co.uk on or before 31 January 2017.

Interviews will then take place in early to mid-February. The BEF has a policy of seeking to promote equality and diversity and welcomes all applications. Please help us to ensure that we adhere to the BEF Equality Policy by completing an online equal opportunities monitoring form by visiting the following survey monkey page: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W5LCQQF


British Equestrian Federation - Temporary maternity leave cover required for Personal Assistant to the Chair and Chief Executive

We have an exciting opportunity for a pro-active PA to use initiative in assisting and supporting the Chair and Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation, whilst the current Personal Assistant is on maternity leave. The successful applicant will have excellent verbal and written skills, maintain a high level of confidentiality and be able to work in a multidisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers and support their needs in a demanding environment. A knowledge of equestrian sport would be helpful but is not essential. The position is full time, based at Abbey Park, Warwickshire.

The contract will be for a fixed term of up to a year and will include a competitive salary plus pension and health insurance in accordance with the BEF’s normal terms and conditions of employment.

Completed application forms should be sent by email to maggie.moreton@bef.co.uk by 3 February 2017. Interviews will then take place during the week commencing 13 February. 


HorseScotland - Non-Executive Director

Horse Scotland is looking for a Non-Executive Director with a specialism in legal matters to join their board. 

For the role specification click here.

To see the full advert click here.

Closing date for applications is Friday 20 January 2017


The Pony Club - Health and Safety Officer

The Pony Club are seeking an experienced Health and Safety Officer to work part time. 

For the full job description click here.

If you are interested in this role please apply with your CV, a covering letter and your salary expectations to Ian Heaton either by email on ian@pcuk.org or by post to The Pony Club, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RW by Friday 27 January 2017


The Pony Club - Sponsorship and Fundraising Officer

The Pony Club are looking to hire a Sponsorship and Fundraising Offier to work full time at their offices at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. 

For the full job description click here.

If you wish to apply for this role please apply with your CV and a covering letter to Iain Heaton, either by email on iain@pcuk.org or by post to The Pony Club, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RW by Monday 23 January 2017.

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