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Performance Director

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK. Within the context of the World Equestrian Games taking place in 2018, one of the biggest competitions in the sporting calendar, and the build up to Tokyo 2020, the BEF is looking for a world class performance leader and manager to support the podium, podium potential and podium pathway athletes across all disciplines to achieve their potential.

The role, which reports to the chief executive officer, is about exemplary leadership. As the strategic leader of the performance strategy, the post holder will drive the BEF’s ambition to deliver milestones and targets in the next 2 years up to Tokyo and provide the foundations for 2024. 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 Show Jumping, 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 athlete 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 providing leadership within the equestrian world is 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.

More information about the role can be found in the job descipriton below:

Interested candidates should send a covering letter, outlining current salary and a CV to Dawn Brown   dawnbrown@positivedynamics.co.uk.  Should anyone wish to discuss the role in advance of applying then please do make contact with Dawn and she will ensure that candidates obtain the information that they need in advance of any application.

Closing date: 26 September 2018

Interviews will be held on 4 and 5 October 2018

The BEF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications.


Trustees - Association of British Riding Schools

The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) a registered charity at the heart of Riding and Equestrianism, is currently seeking two trustees to join its board, who in addition to an interest in the ABRS’s aims objectives, have experience, skills and expertise in the following areas:

  • Fundraising and business development
  • Marketing and PR
  • Communications
  • Technology

This is a voluntary role, but trustees can claim reasonable expenses.

Like many charities, the ABRS, relies on its trustees for leadership and support in its many areas of operation.  Attracting potential trustees with the enthusiasm, motivation, interest and commitment to take on operational responsibilities is critical to the charity's sustainability and future growth.

In tandem with acting as a professional association for equestrian proprietors, our role is to raise standards of instruction and promote the welfare of horses and ponies.  

Founded in 1954, the need for the ABRS grows day by day as rules, regulations and legislation become ever more complex, customers more discerning and demanding, and the equestrian recreational market more diverse.

If you think this could be for you,  please send a current CV and a covering letter to ABRS Chair, Hannah Mays hannah.mays@abrs-info.org  or  ABRS, Unit 8, Bramble Hill Farm, Five Oaks Road, Slinfold, Horsham. W. Sussex RH13 0RL or call 07761327382


Horsescotland - Director

Horsescotland is looking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic individual to oversee the organisation’s requirements on behalf of the Board. This role is key to the fundamental progression of horsescotland and you will be an integral member of the Board, assisting with the strategic direction of the organisation. 

The successful individual will gain expertise of guiding and advising a dynamic Board. As a Board Director, they will help to shape the future of Scottish sport. This is a great opportunity for someone with a passion for sport and presents great potential for the development of new/existing skills, meeting new people and new networks and making a genuine difference to sport in Scotland.

The post is on a voluntary basis and is non-remunerated. The Board meets 6-10 times per year at various locations across central Scotland.

Main Duties:

  • Leadership of horsescotland and the Board
  • Be able to contribute to the overall strategic direction of horsescotland
  • To use such personal and professional skills together with such contacts, experience and judgement as they may possess, with integrity and independence to optimise both the short and long term performance of horsescotland , and in particular, the areas of her/his own portfolio of responsibility.
  • To play a full part in enabling the Board to arrive at balanced and objective decisions in the performance of its agreed role and functions.
  • To ensure that the objectives of horsescotland, as agreed by the Board, are fully, promptly and properly carried out.

Skills/Experience/Attributes:

  • Recent experience of chairing boards, committees and meetings;
  • Established reputation as a leader and strategic thinker in either commercial or voluntary or public sector context;
  • Significant experience of operating at a senior level in a strategic capacity;
  • A sound working knowledge of sport and the public and private sectors;
  • Ability in partnership working and relationship management;
  • Able to build and maintain strong, transparent relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Ability to support, challenge and manage a relationship with other Board Members;
  • Experience of speaking in public and to the media.
  • Ability to commit time and effort to attend formal committee meetings and other ad hoc meetings

Terms and Conditions:

Those nominated for election at the AGM on Thursday 25 October 2018 will serve a term of three years with the opportunity for re-election at that point.

A nomination form, can be found below. Please note that your endorsed nomination form should be accompanied with an up-to-date CV marked private and confidential to the either address below by Thursday 20 September 2018.

Post: Horsescotland Office, Titwood Farm, Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, KA3 2PN
Email: info@horsescotland.org

Please note: This vacancy is not open to anyone who has been disqualified from holding a Directorship in a Limited Company.


Education Administrator - The British Horse Society

Full time - 35 hours per week (working hours)
Salary: Competitive plus benefits

The British Horse Society is the nation’s largest equine charity with a passion for horses that is backed by knowledge and expertise. The BHS represents and provides a range of services for horse riders, horse owners, enthusiasts and professionals.

Based in our Education Department, your main duties would be of an administrative nature supporting our new Education Assessments and our Accredited Professional Coaches’ scheme.  You will be self-motivated, accurate and enjoy being part of a fast paced team.  Equestrian knowledge is essential as are the knowledge of Microsoft packages and the use of databases.  You will be experienced in dealing with incoming and outgoing telephone calls and replying to emails.  Full, on-going training will be provided for you.

To apply and to see the full job description on the BHS website .

You will need to provide a covering letter (including your salary expectations) and CV, highlighting relevant skills and experience. You will also need to download and complete their Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, available from www.bhs.org.uk and send along with your application to jobs@bhs.org.uk or to Karen Downing Recruitment, The British Horse Society, Abbey Park, Kenilworth, CV8 2XZ.  Further details of this and other opportunities, please visit www.bhs.org.uk

Closing Date for applications: 3rd September 2018

Interview date: Week commencing 10th September 2018

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