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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 31 December 2018

On December 31, 2018 Paul Hodgson's 4 year term as a BE Board Director finished and he decided not to offer his services for another term. Read his statement here. The Directors appointed Fiona O'Hara as the Chairman of the Board and in support, Jude Matthews as Vice Chair. See the news item here

At the AGM of November 4, 2018 Chris Tattersall was elected Board Director and Nigel Taylor was re-elected as Board Director. 

All the Directors are very grateful to Guy Prest, who stood down as Director at the AGM November 4, 2018, for his dedication, expertise and commitment during his time on the Board and thank him for all that he has contributed for the benefit of the sport as a whole. 

Fiona Ohara BW

 Fiona O'Hara Chairman (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

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

 Jude Matthews

Jude Matthews, Vice Chairman(co-opted 2018), was 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

Jane Peters Director

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

 Gary Parsonage head shot

Gary Parsonage (Co-opted 2018) is now an Eventing Coach after 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 Adviser and Delegate for Events.

Gary co-chairs the International Committee with a focus on the Youth Teams including liaising with the various team selectors and strategic direction of the teams for developing talented riders.

Contact Gary

 Chris Tattersall

Chris Tattersall (Elected 2018) Following a successful career as a banker and a consultant, Chris retired as Global Head of Financial Services for Grant Thornton and is now operating a 'portfolio' existence.

He therefore has time to put back into a sport about which he is passionate. His daughter Gemma is an international rider and so he has been deeply involved in the sport for over 25 years.

Contact Chris

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

Nigel Taylor

Nigel Taylor (re-elected 2018) runs Aston le Walls Equestrian Centre in Northamptonshire with his wife Ann. Nigel runs 3 to 4 affiliated events during the season from BE80 to Advanced.  Nigel competed at the highest level and represented Britain for a number of years before starting his life as an coach and BE event organiser.

Nigel chairs the International Committee with primary focus on Senior Team performance and liaising with World Class Performance and Senior Selectors.

Contact Nigel