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 (co-opted 2017)


Fiona came onto the Board as an INED (independent Director). Fiona is a senior director with Accenture, where she is responsible for strategic account development. She is a horse lover and focuses on competing in dressage when she has the time. She chairs the ITTP Steering Group and is the Board lead on the Finance Committee.

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Jude Matthews


Jude Matthews 


Jude was head of operations at FundsLibrary, a data and insights resource organisation for financial professionals, and a subsidiary of Hargreaves Lansdown PLC. An avid eventing competitor, she competes two horses at BE90 and BE100 level, with a career highlight of reaching the BE90 Championship at Badminton in 2015. 


Les Smith


Les Smith (elected 2016)

Les has competed at the highest level of the sport, representing GB and is now a highly respected UKCC Level 3 coach across the levels, from BE80 (T) to 5*. He is also an FEI judge and is a regular ground jury member at FEI events in the UK and abroad. 

Les previously chaired the Training and Education Committee, and now acts as Chairman of the Sport Committee. He also sits on the Risk Management Committee as Board lead. This term marks his third, having served on the BE Board for two four-year terms previously.


Jane Peters


Jane Peters (elected 2017)

Jane runs her own business in Northumberland supplying electronic advertising hoarding 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 Commisioner. 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Louise Jack (co-opted 2020)

Louise brings a wealth of experience in technology and change management to the Board which will support the ongoing success of BE’s IT Transformation Project.  Her executive career in banking has focussed on using technology to improve organisations’ performance, which provides her with an ideal background for such leadership.

Having grown up in a horse-loving family, and competed to intermediate level eventing, she shares the passion for horses that no doubt all involved with British Eventing also possess. 


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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.