The Board

The British Eventing non-executive board serve on a voluntary basis and are responsible for the overall good governance of the sport and the financial health of the organisation. Members of the board often have a connection with the sport either as owners, riders or event organisers for example. There can be up to nine Board Directors and a Chairman appointed by the Board. 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.

Co-opted Board Directors are chosen for their expertise in a chosen business environment. The Board meets a minimum of six times a year.

Our Board Directors

Name About
Fiona O'Hara

 

Fiona O'Hara (re-appointed 2021)

Chairman

Fiona joined the board in 2017 and has been Chair since 2019 She was an MD for a leading global technology and consulting company for 25 years and has expertise in technology enabled business transformation.

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

Contact Fiona - fiona.ohara@britisheventing.com

 

Helen West Helen West CEO (elected 2020)

Helen joined as CEO in August 2021

Helen previously managed Bicton Arena. A former Young Rider Gold medallist, Helen has represented GB on multiple occasions and competed to the highest of levels in all three Olympic disciplines.

Helen was previously the Organiser of Bicton Horse Trials which currently runs three times per season from BE80 level to CCI3*.

As an FEI Level 3 Cross-Country Course Designer, Helen is passionate about driving event standards up and the importance of educational courses and good footing. She is currently a member of the British Eventing Cross Country Advisory Group.

Helen actively still competes and brings with her a comprehensive understanding of the Sport from multiple angles, recognising ALL stakeholder needs.

Contact Helen - helen.west@britisheventing.com

Jane Peters

 

Jane Peters (elected 2017)

Jane runs her own business in Northumberland supplying electronic advertising boarding 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 District Commissioner. 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. Jane is Chairman of the Training and Education Committee and the Board lead on Safeguarding.

Contact Jane - jane.peters@britisheventing.com

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 so passionate. His daughter Gemma is an International rider and he has been deeply involved in the sport for over 25 years. 

Contact Chris - chris.tattersall@britisheventing.com

Nigel Taylor

 

Nigel Taylor (re-elected 2018)

Nigel is the 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 co-chairs the International Committee with Gary Parsonage and is part of the Senior selectors panel.

Contact Nigel - nigel.taylor@britisheventing.com

Gary Parsonage

 

Gary Parsonage (co-opted 2018)

Gary is an eventing coach following a very successful event career including representing Great Britain at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Gary is one of the two CCI3*-S European Cup British 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 with Nigel Taylor.

Contact Gary - gary.parsonage@britisheventing.com

Di Brunsden

 

Di Brunsden (co-opted 2021)

Di has been involved in the sport for several years and will be personally known to many organisers, riders and other stakeholders. Di evented as a one-horse amateur up to 3* level and now owns horses from BE90 to Championship level.

Di has more than 20 years’ experience managing teams to deliver large I.T. projects as a Managing Director, first at JP Morgan and then at Deutsche Bank.  Di has recently been appointed as the Chair of the I.T. Steering Committee and is currently leading the I.T. Taskforce.

Contact Di - di.brunsden@britisheventing.com

William Cursham headshot

 

Will Cursham (co-opted 2020)

Will is Legal Director at Gateley Plc, a top-50 ranked UK law firm.  He is a dispute resolution lawyer and is Founder and Chairman of ProCon Nottinghamshire, a membership organisation for the property and construction industry in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  He has led legal teams in numerous high value cases for blue-chip clients with successful outcomes.

Will’s equestrian background is steeped in Eventing as his parents both evented to the highest levels. Will has evented up to Novice level himself, and still owns his own horse.  He is a former Joint Master at the Quorn Hunt and writes for Horse & Hound and The Field.

Contact Willwilliam.cursham@britisheventing.com