Posted on 13th December 2019

Wharton’s BEF Interim Chairmanship extended

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) can announce that, at a recent meeting of the Board, a recommendation by the Nominations Committee to extend the term of Interim Chairman Malcolm Wharton CBE was unanimously supported.

Malcolm Wharton, who previously held the post of Chairman of the BEF Council, accepted the role of BEF Interim Chairman in early October and in his ten weeks in the position has worked closely with Interim Chief Executive Iain Graham and the Board to work on several initiatives to bring stability and direction to the Federation.

“This is a crucial next 12 months for the Federation,” commented Malcolm. “We’ve made a great deal of progress in just two years, but we’ll soon be agreeing key milestones and timelines with UK Sport to continue the next stage of evolution. Success in Tokyo is also vital for our standing and funding so we must ensure our teams are given the best chance for medal performances through preparation, robust management and strong leadership. I thank the Nominations Committee and Board for their support and am very much looking forward to working with Iain, the BEF team and our member bodies to further drive the Federation forward and deliver our plans,” he continued.

A maximum six month term was originally agreed in October but the Board felt an extension would allow vital work to continue with security. The Nominations Committee of Kevan Taylor (Interim Senior Independent Board Member, Sarah Broughton (Independent Board Member), Lotte Olsen (Founding Member Board Member) and UK Sport Chair Katherine Grainger extensively interviewed Malcolm and put forward a recommendation to the Board for an extension which was supported without exception.

Interim Chief Executive Iain Graham added; “The security of having Malcolm as Interim Chair gives a great deal of stability and will enable us to confidently continue with our plans, working closely with UK Sport and the BEF member bodies to give the equestrian industry the leadership it deserves. Malcolm’s approach has impressed a great deal in a relatively short time-frame, with a number of key decisions taken and planning underway which we’ll build on throughout next year for short- and long-term benefit.”