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FAQs about the BE Board


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What is a BE Board Director?

A BE Director is either elected or appointed (see below) on to the BE Board. Using a skills based model each represent a specific area of the company; which include Sport (rules, discipline, fixtures etc.), Commercial, Marketing and Communication, Finance and Administration, Training & Education, IT and International. Each director will also usually Chair the relevant Committees for which their area covers. More information on the BE Committees can be found HERE.

What do the BE Board do?

The Board is responsible for the overall good governance of the sport and the financial health of the organisation. The Board meet at least six times a year and are not involved in the day-to-day running of British Eventing but are responsible for the strategic direction of the company. Policy proposals, suggestions, rules, ideas and stakeholder feedback are discussed at the various Working Groups and Committees which are then taken to the BE Board by the relevant director for approval or further discussion.

The BE Board is be made up of up to nine directors, a Chairman of the Board is appointed by the directors from within their number and, whilst not essential, members of the board often have a connection to the sport. Recently BE selected an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED), as one of the appointed directors to bring an external view to the Board whilst providing experience and expertise in a specific area.

BE is signed up to the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) Code of Good Governance and the company constitution is set out in our Articles of Association.

What is the difference between an Elected Director and Appointed Director?

Up to four Board members are elected, they are voted for by the membership and notice is given to the members whenever an election is due to take place.

Up to four members are appointed by the Board, they selected for specific roles based on their skills, knowledge and expertise in their relevant field.

What is an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED)?

As with all directors, an INED is not involved in the operational running of the company but to guide and lead the strategic direction and monitor the performance of the company with no close connection to the organisation. The role is voluntary and provides autonomous guidance and advice.

How are BE Directors Elected?

When a member of the Board is coming to the end of their term, which is normally for a period of four years, nominations are sought from all BE Members who would like to put themselves forward to be elected. First candidates must nominate themselves, then the BE membership will vote in the Director Elections, which can be done in person at the AGM or via a postal or online proxy before the BE AGM - where the results are announced.

All members (excluding Day Pass members and Associate Registrations) including owners, riders at all levels and supporters can vote in the Director elections.

How are BE Directors Appointed?

The Directors will identify any skills or knowledge gaps within the Board and when a position is available, Appointed Directors also normally have a term of four years but this can be for a shorter period. A recruitment process is undertaken for Appointed Director roles based on a role description which is appropriate to the position to be filled on the Board.

Can I become a Board Director?

When nominations for Director Elections open any member can put themselves forward for candidacy to the member vote.

Appointed Director positions - including those for INED's - will be advertised on the Job Opportunities page of the website and applicants can apply for the position.

Are there any skills or qualifications for being a BE Director?

Whilst no specific qualifications are required, anyone considering becoming a director should understand the legal requirements such a position places on them. They should be comfortable that they have sufficient time to fulfil the role, a willingness to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and uphold the highest standards of integrity and adheres to the Seven Principles of Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership).

Are Directors paid?

The role of Director is voluntary.