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BEF confirms appointments of new independent non-executive directors

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018 by Heather Dodd

The British Equestrian Federation today (1 February) confirms the appointments to its board of Sarah Broughton, Kevan Taylor and Martyn Wilks as independent non-executive directors.

Martyn Wilks becomes the Senior Independent director on the BEF board. He has held senior leadership roles in branded foods businesses, including CEO of Hovis Holdings and executive managing director of Dairy Crest plc. He spent 20 years with Mars, where he was latterly president of Masterfoods USA.  He is a non-executive of Netball England, the national governing body of one of England’s biggest female team sports; of [email protected], an outpatient pharmacy business; and of the newly-formed Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.

Kevan Taylor has been reappointed to the board after being co-opted on an interim basis at the end of October 2017. He will chair the Audit Committee. Kevan has a wealth of experience at director level within four sports – athletics, where he was latterly Group Finance director of UK Athletics; lawn tennis, football and rugby union. Earlier in his career, he spent 18 years in television with Granada, a FTSE 100 company, as it became the leading player in UK commercial television following a series of acquisitions on its way to becoming ITV. Over this period Kevan rose from the role of management accountant to become the Finance Director of Granada Creative, which had an annual turnover of £450m.

Sarah Broughton was Group HR director of Mothercare and of World Duty Free Group, now part of the Dufry Group, as well as holding senior executive HR roles with MCPS-PRS Alliance, Britvic and Virgin Retail.  She now runs her own consultancy.

The board of 12 non-executive directors, currently chaired by an interim independent Chair, Ed Warner, is made up of four independent non-executives including the Chair; four Council-elected directors; and four founder* member nominated directors.


Independent Chair (interim) Edmond (Ed) Warner
Independent non-executive director Sarah Broughton
Independent non-executive director Kevan Taylor
Independent non-executive director Martyn Wilks
Founder member nominated director Julia Biddle
Founder member nominated director Christine Blackford
Founder member nominated director Tim Holderness-Roddam
Founder member nominated director Lise-Lotte Olsen
Council elected director Jessica Cook
Council elected director Barry Johnson
Council elected director Jane Nixon
Council elected director Claire Williams



Notes to editors

*The founder members of the BEF are British Dressage, British Eventing, British Showjumping and the British Horse Society

The board is the ultimate decision-making authority of the BEF. The Members’ Council, of 15 full and four associate members, uses the expertise of its membership to provide ideas for the development of the Federation, along with strategy and policy guidelines for the consideration of the board. It has reasonable rights to consultation by the board, and to constructive challenge.  More information about the governance of the BEF can be found here.

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