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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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Rein & Shine Seeks Sponsorship to Offer Free Equine-Assisted Learning to Autistic Children

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018 by Heather Dodd

A North Wiltshire equestrian centre is seeking sponsorship to be able to hold an event offering free equine-assisted learning for autistic children.

Rein & Shine’s Hoof Club is running the event in support of the National Autistic Society (NAS), with the aim of benefitting the wider community on a not for profit basis.

The centre hopes to fund the event with the help of local companies with any profits being donated to the National Autistic Society.

Rein &Shine is an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, with a well-respected reputation for teaching disabled riders.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

This unique opportunity is offering 80 autistic children in the community a chance to experience the many benefits equine-assisted learning has to offer.

The free sessions will take place at Rein &Shine’s wonderful facility near to Swindon and will last around two-hours. The sessions will consist of 30-minutes of riding and a contact and care session lasting 45-60 minutes to include basic welfare and safety.

This free service is being provided via schools as, amongst other benefits, equine assisted learning is proven to be very therapeutic and educational to those on the spectrum. Whilst supporting the children, Rein &Shine is also hoping to raise funds for National Autistic Society.

Johanna McDonald, who owns and runs Rein &Shine with husband John McDonald said: “Horses can hugely benefit children with autism and we want to give them a chance to experience this help without any associated costs.”

“I have never seen a child with learning difficulties act negatively towards a horse or even the staff on the yard. They seem to become truly engaged and absorbed around the horses and their focus is phenomenal. It helps the children forget the number of challenges they must deal with daily as they become emerged in the equine activity of riding, grooming and care. Those that are nervous around the horses seem to conquer their fear incredible quickly and we see them become more resilient and less anxious. The levels of personal growth, concentration, confidence and even teamwork improves enormously,” continued Johanna.

“Horses have been proven effective in creating an emotional healing bond and improving cognitive, language, motor and social skills. For many children, the bond developed with horses can help promote self-awareness in their everyday life which can give them the confidence to learn other skills outside of the equine world.”

A JustGiving page has been set up for anyone that would like to donate: companies wishing to sponsor should get in touch with Rein and Shine directly.

If you have or know of a child educated in Swindon or North Wiltshire area that may qualify for this activity you should contact their school directly and ask them to get in touch with Rein & Shine: 01666 860068 | [email protected]

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

There are currently 42 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit Logo with TextProprietor Jo McDonald AM Logo with Text Rein & Shine are holding an event offering free equine-assisted learning for autistic children

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