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Making a difference | Trustee Elections 2020

In the February issue of British Horse we asked you, our Members, for nominations to fill vacancies or three Specialist Trustee positions; Safety, Volunteering, and Business with Digital Knowledge. We were delighted to receive nominations for all roles and subsequently all nominees were interviewed under the Selection Policy by the BHS Nomination Committee.

We initially received one nomination for the role of Specialist Trustee for Business with Digital Knowledge, but that candidate did not progress to the election. The Board gave due consideration to this matter and opened a second round of nominations for the role of Specialist Trustee for Business with Digital Knowledge.

Successful Candidates

Specialist Trustee for Safety: Ken Law

Ken Law

There was one nomination for the role of Specialist Trustee for Safety so in accordance with the Society’s Articles of Association, Ken Law will be elected unopposed as Specialist Trustee for Safety at the Election Board meeting in July.

Ken will now be serving his second term as BHS Specialist Trustee for Safety. He is a full-time safety professional who is passionate about using every opportunity to increase involvement in improving equestrian safety. A rider and horse owner, Ken was awarded the BHS Sefton Award in 2011 in recognition of his exceptional achievement in improving rider safety.

Specialist Trustee for Volunteering: Lesley Donaldson

Lesley Donaldson

While two candidates were nominated for the role of Specialist Trustee for Volunteering, only one candidate has progressed to the election, so in accordance with the Society’s Articles of Association, Lesley Donaldson will be elected unopposed as Specialist Trustee for Volunteering at the Election Board meeting in July.

Lesley is a member of the BHS Buckinghamshire Committee, having previously held the position of Chair. Also a member of a local Riding Club, Lesley has first-hand experience of the importance of volunteers to organise and run local events. Lesley is a committee member for various other charitable organisations including a community care farm and the local area MENCAP. With her ability to be strategically objective, Lesley is an accountant by profession and is therefore able to offer stewardship of an entity’s assets and liabilities, always bearing in mind their greatest asset is their members.

Specialist Trustee for Policy, Campaigning and Government Relations: The Rt. Hon Dame Caroline Spelman DBE

Caroline Spelman

We are also delighted to have recently welcomed The Rt. Hon. Dame Caroline Spelman DBE to the BHS board as co-opted Specialist Trustee for Policy, Campaigning and Government Relations. She will play a pivotal role in the Society’s lobbying effort across many key causes, including the required support for the equine industry as the United Kingdom emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown.

Caroline, a keen equestrian and member of British Riding Clubs, served as MP for Meriden from 1997 to 2019, holding many senior ministerial appointments, including Secretary of State for Defra. As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Horse for many years, she championed the work of the BHS across all of its charitable aims. Access is of particular interest to Caroline and one of her priorities will be working on meeting the challenge of the 2026 deadline for recording of historical routes.

Election Timetable:

  • Voting opens at 9am on Thursday 25 June.
  • Election voting will close, and voting papers must be received by, 3pm on Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Election results will be announced at the Election Board Meeting on Wednesday 15 July 2020.
  • There is a virtually-hosted Members Meeting also taking place on Wednesday 15 July 2020, at 10.30am, and the section of the Election Board Meeting that is open to members will be held immediately afterwards on the same online meeting link.
  • Please email or call 02476 840 531 by Friday 10 July 2020 to register your attendance to the Virtual Members Meeting and submit your questions in advance. 


Trustee Election 2020

Specialist Trustee for Business with Digital Knowledge

There were four nominations for the role of Specialist Trustee for Business with Digital Knowledge following the second round of nominations and following interviews under the Selection Policy by the BHS Nomination Committee, three candidates have progressed to the election for this specialist Trustee vacancy.

Meet our candidates

Our Specialist Trustee for Business with Digital Knowledge will support the Society to deliver on its core values; putting the horse at the heart of all it does across its main areas of endeavour. They will act as an ambassador for the Society and champion its work across Access, Education, Safety and Welfare.

One Specialist Trustee for Business with Digital Knowledge will be elected this year, so you should vote for the candidate that you believe will best serve as a BHS Trustee.

Sandra Harris

Sandra Harris

I have extensive and varied business experience with Waitrose, Coca-Cola, Cadburys and Molson Coors in leadership roles and have been a part of leading major programmes of change in IT and business processes. I am also trained in project and programme governance.

As well as working at Board level, I have shaped business strategy, driven customer focus initiatives and created three year operational plans for delivery including digital projects. I am also experienced in management team development and have a deep understanding of HR policies.

I am a strong communicator with a proven ability to work at all levels of an organisation. I have high levels of energy and am renowned for my positive attitude. I enjoy problem solving and working within a team and would absolutely love to work for the British Horse Society and be an ambassador for the organisation.

Since retiring in 2018, I have wanted to find a suitable volunteering role where I can utilise my business experience for a worthwhile cause. I have been involved with a number of volunteering initiatives in my local community including setting up the Bonsall Bridleways group and doing lots of bridleway clearing. I have recently started to do some Access work for the 2026 Lost Ways project in Bonsall. It was this work that introduced me to the BHS HQ last year when I attended an Access conference. The event left me with an excellent impression of the Society; I was very impressed with the people that I met and their passion for their work. It was an environment and team that I felt I would like to join and support.

I have loved horses all my life and had my first pony at 14, a little Welshie cross. Over the years, as I moved around with work I would always find a local BHS approved riding centre to have lessons or hack out. Then in 2004, I was lucky enough to find Gina - a Dales/ID cross who taught me so much over the years. It was then that I became a member of the BHS and more recently also joined Derbyshire EGB. Whilst only a pleasure rider, I don’t compete, I love riding and everything about our equine friends. I believe the BHS is a fantastic resource and a tremendous advocate for British horse riders at all levels. Sadly, I lost Gina last year but I have found my next equine soulmate in Alan - a Welsh D/Fell cross. When I saw the Trustee role advertised, I knew that it was meant for me.

I have a great breadth of business experience and to combine this with a role working for the BHS, an institution I have admired for so many years, feels like the perfect combination. Ultimately, I am very motivated by doing something that will make an impact on our community in a diverse range of areas and hopefully be remembered in the future, where better than with the British Horse Society?

Elina Horsfall-Turner

Elina Horsfallturner

I have a long-established career in educational and academic publishing, particularly in digital project management and strategic planning.

I am highly skilled in business development and account management. I have great communication skills and the ability to foster good relationships with stakeholders at all levels.

I have spent most of my career in educational and academic publishing, specialising in digital product delivery and licensing. This includes the development of content solutions on new or existing platforms; project management and editorial oversight; customer and user database management; and the improvement of functionality and user experience.

I have been a member of The British Horse Society for many years, since I bought my first horse, Rainbow, in 2012. Over the past 4-5 years, I have been volunteering for the society at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and once at Badminton Horse Trials. Having witnessed the society in action at these events and having followed other efforts, such as the access to public bridleways and welfare initiatives, I have a great affinity for the society.

I believe I have skills that could be of use to the society - namely in business development, project and programme management with a specialism in digital product delivery. I would like to help with developing the society’s future strategy with a view to develop its robustness in terms of developing digital infrastructure, streamlining processes and interaction via membership and management platforms, as well as improving communications between all stakeholders.

I want to spread the message of how much good horses bring to our lives. I want to support the protection and welfare of horses. I want to be part of the discourse to educate owners, trainers, riders, and the general public – driving horse-related issues within society in general. I want to help preserve bridleways and I am passionate about road safety. I am also passionate about the benefits of spending time with horses and want to make equestrianism accessible to everyone regardless of background or geography.

Rebecca Ryman

rebecca ryman

A Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years corporate experience, my skillsets are heavily focused on strategic growth and development. I have significant experience of successful delivery of many projects including large shopping centre extensions, refurbishments and upgrades to IT platforms.

I am currently responsible for customer acquisition, growth and management and my role includes the responsibility for an online affiliates platform. I, therefore, now want to be able to combine both my professional judgement and passion and be able to help shape the future of the BHS so that it can continue to evolve.

I have an enquiring mind and always looking at innovation to provide for growth. With experience of multi disciplinary teamwork I am able to constructively contribute to discussions and focus minds to reach satisfactory decision making.

I have a lifelong passion for equestrianism as both a horse owner, spectator and rider; including an active role as parent and former committee member of my local branch of the Pony Club. I am deeply interested in the role of horses in our society and their importance from health and wellbeing to employment and economic function.

As a member of the BHS I welcome the advice and guidance given to me as a horse owner. Horses have played an important role in our society for a very long time and we need to ensure the evolution of our education on their welfare and continue to have their importance at the heart of our minds.

Having worked in senior positions at a public listed company I have an up to date knowledge of governance which will support the role of a trustee. I am creative and innovative and am pleased to apply these skills in the strategic direction of the BHS.

The role of a trustee is to ensure that the British Horse Society is well positioned for growth now and for the future. My collaborative mind and energetic style will add a new dimension allowing the charity to thrive and prosper.

Voting Information

All BHS Members, regardless of membership package or age, are eligible to vote. Please support the Society’s future growth and development by using your vote to provide the BHS with the balance of skills, knowledge and experience required to lead the Society forward. Mi-Voice, an independent electoral services company, will conduct our election. All votes will be recorded by Mi-Voice, so it will not be possible for a member to vote twice. The first vote received will stand.

Voting Instructions

Vote online

Voting online is the quickest and most convenient way for you to vote. To read the full profile of each candidate, and to cast your vote online, visit, or click on the link from the BHS website. You will then be asked to submit your surname (as printed on your membership card) and membership number before being presented with the online ballot.

If you have any questions with regard to electronic voting, then please contact Mi-Voice on 02380 763987 or between the hours of 9:00 and 17:30, Monday to Friday.

All members who have previously given us their email address will be sent a reminder and a link to the voting website. If you would like to receive email communications from us but haven’t yet provided your email address, please contact our Membership Team on 02476 840506.

Vote by post

The voting paper is available in the June issue of British Horse. Your vote should be indicated by a cross marked in ink in the box opposite the candidate selected.

Any form that is not clearly marked, or any form that is spoiled in any way, will be disregarded at the discretion of the Scrutineers.

You may cast only one vote for the role of Specialist Trustee for Business with Digital Knowledge Trustee. Any form received with more than one vote will be disregarded.

Voting papers with incorrect or incomplete voting member details will be disregarded.

To vote by post please send the voting paper in an envelope to: BHS Election, Mi-Voice Democracy Technology Ltd, Epsilon House, Enterprise Road, Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS.

If you are a family member and would like to vote by post, you can request further copies of this voting paper by calling 02476 840 531.

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