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British Eventing Governance

We have been asked some questions recently around our governance and how this lines up with the requirements of the UK Sport Code of Governance – which many will have seen referred to in the press recently.

British Eventing is not required to meet the UK Sport Code requirements since the funding comes to the British Equestrian Federation – and it is they who are required to meet the Code’s requirements. We are working closely with the BEF Council and the BEF Board to ensure compliance by the UK Sport deadline of 31st October.

British Eventing and its Board are however wedded to ensuring that we meet the code’s requirements even if not required to do so since it is felt that good governance and its demonstration are vitally important in today’s sporting world. To this end British Eventing also signed up to the Sport and Recreational Alliance’s (SRA) Voluntary Code when this first came out some years ago and have recently reaffirmed our wish to follow the SRA’s new Code which was issued recently.

Some of the steps that the Board have taken to ensure compliance in the last few years are:


  • Introduction of a competency based Board structure with each Director aligned to a specific portfolio within the organisational structure - International, Sport, Commercial and Marketing, Finance and Training and Education,  being the key Committees who are responsible for developing the policy which is approved by the Board. Each Committee is Chaired by a Board Director with the relevant skills.


  • Twenty-five per cent Independent Non-Executive Directors (INEDs) – the code states as a requirement to have 25% INEDS. The British Eventing Board now has a Finance INED in the shape of Fiona O’Hara and is currently recruiting another for Training & Education – and given that there are eight Board Directors this will meet the UK Sport requirements.


  • Gender balance – the Board is committed to ensuring that there is as much as possible gender balance on the Board. This is clearly to a degree dependant on candidates putting themselves forward for the Elected and Appointed positions on the Board.


  • Stakeholder engagement/representation on committees - All of the key committees where appropriate (International, Sport, Commercial and Marketing, Training and Education) plus the two Working Groups that underpin the Sport Committee) have Stakeholder representation which is vital to ensure balanced decision making.

It is vitally important that Members engage with the nomination process as much as possible for both elected and appointed positions on the Board. In the case of Elected Directors it is also important that Members do exercise their right to vote – to ensure that their voice is heard in the future strategic direction of our sport – All votes matter.