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Trustee Election 2017

Help shape the future of the British Horse Society

Nominations have now closed. Please check back in July to find out how to vote in the Trustee Election. 

A vibrant, well-qualified Board is vital to the success of the British Horse Society. Now is your chance to use your professional and personal skills to lead and govern the BHS as a trustee. Alongside your fellow trustees, you would help to develop the BHS for the benefit of our members and the wider equestrian community.

Our trustees devote their time and experience to the BHS by attending and preparing for Board meetings and away days, supporting the executive team with good governance and representing the BHS at events and on committees.

We are looking to elect individuals with specialisms, which complement those of our existing trustees, and who can support and empower the executive team. Our priorities for the Trustee Election 2017 are: Access, Safety, Education and Strategic Commercial and Business Development.

Please take a look at our trustee role description and the specialist role descriptions below to understand more about the trustee role for the British Horse Society. 


You will champion safe off-road access for equestrians, encouraging the provision of greater off-road access for equestrians and promoting the principle of multi-use access for all non-motorised vulnerable road users.

Alongside your fellow trustees, you will ensure the Society’s Access charitable aim is achieved for the benefit of members and non-members.

You will support and advise the executive team on new initiatives and opportunities that the Society could work on to provide greater safe off-road access.

Access trustee role description


You will assist the executive team in promoting the safety of horses and riders to a variety of equestrian and non-equestrian audiences. You will also assist the team in identifying opportunities for engagement with other stakeholders, and your knowledge of safety will provide an invaluable addition to the expertise already contained within the BHS Safety Team.

Safety trustee role description


This is an exciting time for BHS Education, and we are looking for additional skills and experience from the equestrian education sector. Your role will involve the strategic governance of our exams and training along with the Register of Instructors and Grooms.

Education trustee role description

Strategic Commercial and Business Development

The BHS is growing and developing as an organisation. We have made significant advancement in our internal planning and management processes, and will be embedding these over the next five years. We will also be enhancing our performance monitoring and management and assessing the potential of new markets.

This role will support the continued development of our internal processes and systems, and advise and support our investigation of new markets, including options to develop the BHS internationally. You will also provide knowledge and guidance in respect of our support for BHS Approved Centres.

Strategic Commercial and Business Development trustee role description

David Sheerin Trustee

BHS trustee David Sheerin BHSI at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

Eligibility to stand

To be eligible for election you must be aged 18 years or older and have been a voting member of the Society for at least three years on 19 July 2017, the date of the Election Board Meeting.


Nominations open 9am, Monday 13 February 2017
Nominations close 5pm, Friday 24 March 2017

Please note

Mi-Voice, an independent electoral services company, will be helping us conduct the election. Nominations will take place online. If you would like to nominate someone, visit Mi-Voice.

If you have any questions with regard to nominating electronically, then please contact Mi-Voice on 02380 763987 or between 9am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays. If you are unable to nominate electronically for any reason, then please get in touch with Karen Irving on 02476 840531 or

The results of the election will be announced at the Election Board Meeting at the Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday 19 July 2017. This will be taking place at BHS Headquarters, Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, CV8 2XZ. To register to attend, please contact

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