Joanne Shaw will join the BEF as a Non-Executive Chair, with immediate effect, following election at the Members Council meeting on 30 November 2016. Joanne has enjoyed a distinguished track-record, including the chairmanship of NHS Direct and Board positions with The Money Advice Service and British Board of Film Classification. Her current roles see her working with Nuffield Health and NHS England. Joanne is also a keen equestrian, competing regularly at local level.
Commenting on her appointment, Joanne says; “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help continue to shape the future of equestrianism in the UK. I have seen at first-hand how horses can support a diverse community and provide a focus through which very different people can find fulfilment and purpose in their lives”.
Lis Astall, Chair of the BEF Council welcomed her to the role adding; “Joanne brings a wealth of strategic and practical experience to the role of Chair and a real passion for horses. It was great to see such a strong field of applicants for the role, further demonstrating the enduring appeal of equestrianism in the UK. I would also like to thank Tim Watson, our senior Independent Director, for the role he has played in stewarding the Board whilst the appointment process has been in progress.”
The BEF has also confirmed the appointments of three Non-Executive Board Directors, who, alongside Joanne Shaw and the current Non-Executive Directors will look to support the next period of growth for the sport in the UK.
Alison Joyce, Reward and Benefits Manager for Severn Trent Plc, joins the Board as the Non-Executive Director for Human Resources. Alison has recently seen in her thirtieth year of volunteering at Scropton Riding and Driving RDA centre, where she is currently a charity trustee and director.
Deborah Smith, an experienced marketing and communications director who has previously worked for Sunderland City Council and currently manages her own marketing and communications consultancy, Promodo Ltd, has been appointed to the position of Non-Executive Director for Marketing and Communications.
Matt Mancini who works for the British Horseracing Authority will take up the position of Non-Executive Director for Participation. Matt joined the BHA in 2015 to lead the industry’s participant welfare strategy and is also a trustee and former director of the Newmarket charity The Racing Centre.