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BHS trustees are collectively responsible for helping to plan the charity's strategic future. They make sure we work within legal and financial guidelines, and meeting our key objectives. The team of trustees make policy decisions and work with our senior management team to set targets and monitor our performance.

To contact any of the BHS trustees, please contact the Chief Executive Office on 02476 840512 or email trustee.contact@bhs.org.uk.

David Sheerin

David Sheerin BHSI (Chairman)

David has been a member of the BHS for nearly 20 years, having moved down from the north of‬ Scotland with little experience to train for his exams within the system. He has since worked hands-on in many different areas, from dressage, racing, riding school to eventing yards. He credits the BHS with having sculpted his career path and is currently the Head Coach at Wellington Riding, where he trains students, riding club, pony club and weekly non-horse owners. David enjoys working in this environment with grassroots riders from all backgrounds, within which the Society plays a vital role.

David also remains passionate about his own riding, producing young event horses and bringing them up the grades, which presents exciting challenges and shows a passion for good training and welfare of horses. He feels that this experience is relevant and current in a modern and fast changing equestrian world, which he would like to see more integrated across the disciplines.

Described by those who know him as 'enthusiastic', David feels passionate about the BHS and driven to put something back into a system that has greatly benefited him. He would like, as a trustee, to see the BHS remain at the heart of discussion and decision making in the fast-evolving equestrian community.

Lotta Van Der HeydeLotta von der Heyde (Vice Chairman)

Lotta aims to represent a significant proportion of BHS members‬‬‬, being a horse owner who loves her horses and enjoys doing everything with them, from grooming to hacking out with friends and sometimes attending local shows, but is not a competitive rider. A business background, love of horses and qualification in Equine Behaviour equips her to provide an uncluttered perspective that aims to be progressive and enlightened.

Lotta brings a holistic view of horse welfare and does not take an extreme view on any level, preferring to maintain a pragmatic position based on empathy. She is very excited to be involved in taking the Society to the next level over the coming years and embracing an even greater proportion of equine enthusiasts as members, volunteers and advocates.

Diane TranterDiane Tranter BHSAI

Diane has been a member of the Society for more than 30 years, having ridden and owned horses since childhood.

She has qualified as a BHSAI, and although her main competition interest has been show jumping, she has volunteered over many years with BE, Riding and Pony Clubs.

Since retiring as design manager with the Peak District National Park, Diane has been on the committee of an affiliated bridleways group working to improve and extend off-road routes for riders and carriage drivers by:

• seeking improvements to bridleways and by-ways, making them safe, accessible and free from obstructions;
• campaigning to restrict illegal, dangerous and damaging use of routes by motorised recreational vehicles;
• developing long circular rides and linking existing routes;
• negotiating with landowners and public bodies to extend the bridleway network;
• researching historic routes for inclusion on the definitive map;
• gathering evidence and representing equestrian interests at public enquiries.

It is vital to Diane that the BHS ensures equestrian interests are on the agenda of all national, regional and local authorities. The more people that ride and the bigger the contribution to the economy, the easier this becomes, giving the opportunity to ride safely, away from the dangers of traffic, and helping encourage new and returning riders to take up the reins. 

Access, welfare and education are Diane’s priority equine issues. Improving horse welfare at all levels is one of Diane’s most important challenges and obligations.

By providing training, information and support to all riders, drivers and horse-keepers and educating land owners, decision makers and the public, Diane’s vision is that the BHS remains key to this, with volunteers, Pony and Riding Clubs playing a crucial role.

Kirsty HandelKirsty Handel

Kirsty has been riding horses since she was five, and has been a member of the Society for 15 years. She is also a member of British Riding Clubs and British Dressage. Kirsty has made years’ experience of finance, project and general business management in a variety of industries such as financial services, education and charities.

 

 

Sam York FBHSSam York FBHS (Specialist Trustee - Education)

Sam is very passionate about the BHS and everything that it stands for. She is particularly keen to shape the future of the BHS and help it to continue to forge links with the government and other industries both in the UK and worldwide as well as be an essential charity that is the first stop for the equestrian sector to call upon for all things equine. Sam wholeheartedly believes that its members rely on the BHS for direction, advice and support and that non-BHS members recognise it as an authority for anything to do with horses.

Sam brings a natural thirst for education and implementing the building blocks which create the perfect environment for people to learn, as well as looking to inspire people to want to learn and quantify the values of education and qualifications across the board.

Sam has been involved in the BHS education system both first-hand and also with a regular cohort of students every year, preparing them for the examinations as well as running mock assessments and equivalent university examinations as part of the students’ courses (BTEC to Degree). She has done a great deal of industrial surveying to find out what the industry want, implemented that into curriculum development and then lead delivery and assessment strategies for the university courses.

In addition to this, Sam is also currently undergoing a masters degree in professional sports coaching combined with UKCC level 4 qualification, which also supports her current research interests.

Ken LawKen Law (Specialist Trustee - Safety)

Ken is a full-time safety professional holding membership of the UK’s leading safety organisations (IOSH and IIRSM (Fellow)). Passionate about using every opportunity to get people involved in improving equestrian safety, he was awarded the BHS Sefton Award in 2011 in recognition of exceptional achievement in improving rider safety.

He has contributed to the Strategy for the Horse Industry in England and Wales; worked with the Association of British Insurers to stabilise premiums for riding schools; persuaded the Office of Number 10 to produce fire safety risk assessment guidance for animal premises and stables; and provided critical comment and review for the award-winning Safety with Horses distance learning programme. He has also spoken on safety issues at local and national BHS and HSE events.

Ken became a founding member of the BHS Safety Advisory Committee and represents the BHS on the HSE’s Small Business Trade Association Forum.

A rider and horse owner, Ken looks forward to supporting the Board of Trustees, the Society and its members by sharing his combined skills and insight as a safety professional, allied with his knowledge and experience of equestrian safety issues. As an equal priority he supports the continuing provision of information and training to riders, owners, professionals and businesses to prevent accidents, making the Society the most trusted source of safety support while also encouraging the Society’s current approach to involve all relevant parties.

Jane DomhillJane Domhill (Specialist Trustee - Strategic Commercial and Business Development)

Jane brings extensive board-level generalist business knowledge and experience to support the Society’s objectives, along with having been a BHS member for over 30 years and a passionate owner and competitor.

As a Fellow of the Institute for Independent Business (IIB), Jane has gained international market knowledge. An accredited business Coach and Master Mentor, working with Executives and new Managers alike, Jane derives huge pleasure in providing a space to support, challenge and empower people to achieve their goals.

A successful Company Director since 1993 with experience in SMEs, large international operations, membership bodies and charities, Jane has also given up time to voluntary positions including the BRC Bookham committee, HRRC committee and as a Director of the British Miniature Horse Society.

Jane has participated in a wide range of activities and disciplines, attaining BHS and BRC qualifications while in full-time commercial employment. This culminated in 2016 by achieving a long-time goal of winning a showing class at Royal Windsor and then qualifying and competing at RIHS, HOYS and Olympia in the same year. Her aim is now to support the BHS team to encourage others in reaching their equestrian dreams through continuous awareness and education.

Loraine YoungLoraine Young

Loraine has broad committee experience across a number of roles. These include experience in Welfare, Access and Education all of which are devolved under the Scottish Government. She has served on British Riding Clubs Area Committee as training representative, and was recently Chairman of BHS Scotland.

Additionally, Loraine has worked for 10 years with the BHS to implement the correct delivery of the UKCC within Scotland so that it will be recognised by horsescotland / sportscotland. She is currently the Chairman of World Horse Welfare Tayside, and a member of their Scottish National committee.

Loraine particularly supports the development of the BHS educational system and firmly believes that the education and training of our instructors to the highest and most demanding level can only benefit. Her other priorities as a trustee are the development of a cohesive Society which takes into account national differences where applicable, and creating a closer relationship between the BHS and its members and volunteers.

Martin Clemmey

Martin ClemmeyMartin is a consultant who carries out interim and project management work specialising in the not-for-profit sector. He is a Chartered Accountant by training and has worked in industry and charities as a Finance Director. Since 2009 he has worked as an independent consultant for a variety of organisations with a particular focus on membership bodies. Before being asked to take up the Treasurer role he completed an interim assignment for the BHS looking after the financial director position while the Society recruited for the permanent post. His interest in equestrianism was sparked when his children learnt to ride and the family have been BHS members for many years. As a Trustee Martin is focused on ensuring that the finances of the charity remain robust and able to support the ambitious plans to increase our charitable impact over future years. 

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