The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is the national governing body for horse sports in the UK, affiliated to the FEI, the international governing body of equestrian sports. It exists to provide leadership, vision and purpose in steering the direction of equestrianism and to allow its member bodies to communicate with one voice.

The BEF is seeking an Independent Chair of the Board of Directors as part of the process for compliance with UK Sport's and Sport England's Code for Sport Governance. Applicants should possess the commitment, drive and skills to make tangible contribution to the long term success of the BEF, for the benefits of its members as a whole. Equally important will be influencing and negotiation skills, with credibility to build trust and nurture strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders at all levels. 

Candidates should be able to demonstrate significant board experience within a private sector company or sport entity. They should have excellent governance skills, as well as an appreciation for complex partnership and stakeholder relationships.

The position is voluntary, with reasonable expenses, and offers the opportunity for close involvement in an exciting phase in the development of equestrian sport. There are approximately 10 meetings of the Board held per year at Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire.

In line with their Equality and Diversity Policy, the BEF are keen to achieve a diverse Board of Directors and would welcome applications from those communities under-represented on the Board, in particular people from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. 

All Board members are expected to meet the highest standards of integrity. A declaration of good conduct covering bankruptcy and identity check will be required. If you would like to join the Board and feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please send a comprehensive CV with a covering letter by the closing date of 16th February at 4.00pm to: daryl.mason@hartmannmason.com