The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK. Working collaboratively with its 19 Member Bodies, the BEF plays a leading role across a complex industry in developing working relationships and in achieving success within a broad community; the desire to achieve this is high. Equestrianism has a huge public appeal within an extensive competitive landscape where athletes of both sexes and all ages compete on an equal footing, making it one of the only gender neutral and age neutral sports.
Funding from UK Sport supports the BEF's World Class Programme in developing the Olympic and Paralympic, World and European Championship medal-winners. At the elite sporting level, equestrian sport in Great Britain has enjoyed unparalleled success in recent years, with athletes across all disciplines achieving outstanding success at both the London and Rio Games.
Some 4.2m people in the UK ride each year, and funding from Sport England enables the BEF to support its member bodies’ work to increase participation in a sport widely recognised for its ability to positively impact on the lives of those engaging with horses in whatever capacity. In pursuing its aim to enrich the lives of people and horses together, the BEF is committed to sharing best practice across the Federation, communicating on projects and the wider benefits of equestrian sport; aggregating Federation activity and amplifying messages for the benefit of equestrianism.
The BEF is seeking to appoint a new Independent Chair of the Board to lead and work alongside the Board and CEO to deliver the BEF’s vision; and a Senior Independent Director to support the Chair and deputise for them should that be required. Applicants should possess the commitment, drive and skills to make a tangible contribution to the long-term success and sustainability of the BEF, for the benefit of its members as a whole. Equally important will be influencing and negotiation skills, with the credibility to build trust and nurture strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
The ideal candidates will possess a passion for sport, be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills, an excellent understanding of governance, preferably gained in a sporting organisation, and highly effective influencing and communication skills.
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