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New trustees elected to The British Horse Society Board

16 July 2016

The result of the recent election for new trustees to join the Board of The British Horse Society (BHS) has been announced.

New trustees Desi Dillingham MBE and Kirsty Handel joined the BHS Board on the 16 July. David Sheerin BHSI and Lotta von der Heyde were re-elected to the Board for a second three year term. These four individuals will join existing trustees Diane Tranter BHSAI and Fred Hodges BHSI.

Claire Aldridge, Chairman of the BHS, and Trustee Majory Norrie are to stand down having served the maximum six year term.

David Sheerin BHSI was announced as the Interim Chairman of the Society. David will be responsible for chairing the Board of Trustees until a permanent Chairman will be announced in August.

Former BHS President Desi Dillingham has an interest in increasing the Society’s membership to reach more people than ever before. Desi brings with her ten years of experience as a former Chairman of British Dressage.

Kirsty Handel aims to bring knowledge from her experience of finance and business management across a variety of industries. Having ridden horses since the age of five, Kirsty has been a member of the Society for 15 years and is also a member of British Riding Clubs and British Dressage.

Lynn Petersen, CEO of the BHS, said: “We are delighted to welcome the new trustees to the Board – as well as see a few familiar faces return.

“The new Board has a wealth of skills and knowledge across the horse industry, keeping the Society at the forefront of all things equestrian.  

“I would also like to acknowledge Chairman Claire Aldridge for the fantastic commitment she has shown the Society through the years.”

This year’s election saw a significant increase in voter turnout, indicating a membership that is fully engaged with the charitable aims of the Society.

     David Sheerin

As an active board member for the past three years, David has been involved with many key projects in education, welfare, safety and access, however his specialism is education.

Desi Dillingham MBE

Desi has a proven track record in the equine industry, with the successful leadership of British Dressage for more than ten years, the past President of The British Horse Society, fundraiser for the Animal Health Trust and Chairman of the British Equestrian Awards Dinner for ten years.
    Kirsty 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 the British Riding Club 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. 
Lotta von der Heyde

Lotta is a BHS Welfare Officer, she undertakes voluntary welfare work, runs educational talks, clinics and consultations. In 2012 she attained the NAC Equine Behaviour Qualification.

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