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Board Directors


The organisation is served by a non-executive Board and the Directors serve on a voluntary basis. Members of the Board usually have a connection with the sport either as owners, riders, or event organisers for example. There can be up to nine Board Directors, and the Chairman is appointed by the Board. Except for the Chief Executive, who is a Director by virtue of his position, Directors can be elected (up to four Directors) or co-opted (up to four Directors) to serve a term of four years. They can serve a further four years in direct succession if re-elected or re-appointed. However, they must retire for two years if they have served two consecutive terms. Following this break they can then be reappointed or stand for election again. 


Elected Board directors are voted for by the membership and notice is given to the members when ever an election is due to take place. 

Co-opted Board directors are chosen for their expertise in their chosen business environment, expertise they bring to the management of the organisation. The Board meets a minimum of six times a year.  


The Board is responsible for the overall good governance of the sport and the financial health of the organisation.   BE is signed up the the SRA Code of Good Governance and the company constitution is set out in our Articles of Association.


Wendy McGowan (Chief Operating Officer) is the Company Secretary.



British Eventing Board as of 4 April 2018


Paul Hodgson

Paul Hodgson, Chairman (Co-opted 2014)

After a career in the army, Paul became a financial adviser with Scottish Widows, a farmer and owner of Richmond Equestrian Centre which was recently sold.

He was co-chairman of the BE Organisers Association before being co-opted as Chairman of the Board.

Paul is a Trustee of the BE Charitable Foundation

Contact Paul

David Holmes

David Holmes, Chief Executive

David also served in the Army before focussing on a career in Sport Management including being CEO of British Dressage, Director of Sport at the FEI and Director of Sport with the Italian Equestrian Federation.

He was appointed as BE's CEO in 2015 and is a Trustee of the BE Charitable Foundation and he sits on the ITTP Steering Group.

Contact David

 Les Smith

Les Smith (Elected 2016) has competed at 4star level representing GB and is a now highly respected UKCC Level 3 coach across the levels from BE80 to 4star. He is also an FEI Judge and is a regular Ground Jury member at FEI events in the UK and abroad.

Les previously chaired the T&E committee but currently is Chairman of the Sport Committee and sits on the Risk Management committee as Board lead.

This term marks his third, having served on the BE Board for two four year terms from 2007 to 2014.

Contact Les

Jane Peters

Jane Peters (Elected 2017) runs her own business in Northumberland supplying electronic advertising hording to stadiums across the UK. Jane has been involved in eventing for over 20 years, organising and mentoring eventing teams for her local Pony Club branch, leading to becoming their DC. Jane has been on the organising committee of her local BE event for 15 years.

She has been part of the BE Under 18 Programme since 2002 becoming Chairman of the Programme in 2010 which she will hand over after the 2018 U18 Championships.

Jane is Chairman of the T&E Committee and the Board lead on Safeguarding.

Contact Jane

 Fiona Ohara BW

Fiona O'Hara (Co-opted 2017) came onto the Board as an INED (independent Director). Fiona is a senior director with Accenture where she is responsible for Strategic Account Development. 

She is a horse lover and focuses on competing in dressage when she has the time. 

She chairs the ITTP Steering Group and is the Board lead on the Finance Committee. 

Contact Fiona

 Guy Prest

Guy Prest (Elected 2014) runs KBIS Insurance Ltd, an insurance brokerage business specialising in Equestrian insurances.

Guy is a passionate Event horse owner and started up and organised Wellington Horse Trials. KBIS Ltd is BE's Abandonment Insurance broker.

Guy co-chairs the Commercial and Marketing Committee and sits on the ITTP Steering Group.

Contact Guy

 Nigel Taylor

Nigel Taylor (Elected 2014) is owner of Aston le Walls Equestrian Centre which he runs with his wife Anne.

Nigel competed at the highest levels, representing GB at senior level. He is an Organiser, course designer (BE list A) and coach. 

Nigel chairs the International Committee and is part of the Senior Selectors panel. 

Contact Nigel 

 Jude Matthews

Jude Matthews (Co-opted 2018 as an INED) is Head of Operations at FundsLibrary, a data and insights resource organisation for financial professionals, and a subsidiary of Hargreaves Lansdown PLC.

An avid Eventing competitor she competes two horses at BE90 and BE100 level, with a career highlight of reaching the Mitsubishi Motor Cup finals in 2015.

Jude chairs the Commercial and Marketing Committee.

Contact Jude

 Gary Parsonage head shot

Gary Parsonage (Co-opted 2018) is an Eventing Coach following a very successful Eventing career including representing Britain at the Atlanta Olympics.

Gary is one of two National 2 Star Cup Team Coaches and gives clinics across the UK and abroad. Gary is also a Technical Advisor and Delegate for Events.

He co-chairs the International Committee.

Contact Gary







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