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Head of Performance Pathways - British Equestrian Federation 

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is seeking a dynamic individual with a track record of success to design, implement and lead its World Class Performance Pathways Programme.

As the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK the BEF, working collaboratively with its 19 member bodies, represents a broad spectrum of equine interests. Athletes of both sexes and all ages compete on an equal footing, making equestrianism one of the only gender neutral and age neutral sports. It has a huge public appeal within an extensive competitive landscape. Some 4.2m people in the UK ride each year, and with longstanding BEF member organisations such as The Pony Club and RDA, there is an abundant talent pool of potential world class athletes. 

Reporting to the Performance Director, the Head of Performance Pathways will be a member of the Senior Leadership Team which is tasked with seeking to engage, enhance and evolve the athletes on the BEF’s World Class Programmes (WCP) and create a culture and environment that enables the BEF WCP team to achieve sustained success for the Tokyo cycle and beyond.

The initial primary focus of the role will be:

  • To work collaboratively with the Performance Director and key stakeholders to create and implement the strategy and technical framework for Olympic and Paralympic athlete and coach identification to deliver a seamless  Athlete Performance Pathway Programme that recognises potential, nurtures growth and drives sustained medal success.
  • To foster, lead or offer support to collaborative initiatives with the Home Nations funding partners (Sport England, Sport Wales Sport Scotland etc.), Olympic Discipline Member Bodies, and other Member Bodies such as The Pony Club and RDA, in order to develop the strategic and technical framework for developing potential athletes from “performance foundation” activity through the World Class talent development programmes, such as Excel Talent Programme and Podium Potential, up to Podium.
  • Define and implement a KPI framework that measures the impact of the performance pathway both at key points and as a whole to provide evidence led assessment of the effectiveness of the Pathway in producing athletes from the foundation stages through to Podium levels.
  • Once the Performance Pathway is established the Head of Performance Pathways will then be responsible for the management and evolution of the Pathway Programme and delivering against specific objectives and KPIs as agreed with the Performance Director.

The position is a permanent full time employee role, based at our offices at Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire.  The contract will include a competitive salary plus pension and health insurance in accordance with the BEF’s normal terms and conditions of employment.   

Interested applicants should complete the application form and send it, together with an up to date CV, to Maggie Moreton, Head of Secretariat, British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH or email maggie.moreton@bef.co.uk by 1200 hrs on 4 May with interviews taking place during the weeks commencing  8 or 15 May 2017.

The BEF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications.          


Performance Operations Manager - British Equestrian Federation

A unique opportunity to be at the epicentre of the Equestrian World Class Programme and its preparations for the 2017 European Championships, World Equestrian Games 2018, 2019 European Championships and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We are looking for a collaborative team player with a significant understanding and experience of overall project management processes to join the Equestrian World Class team. Reporting into the Head of Performance Operations, the Performance Operations Manager will be responsible for supporting and/or the delivery of all operational and logistical aspects of World Class Programme competitions and events.

The successful candidate will need to have outstanding organisational forward-planning and stakeholder management skills, with exceptional attention to detail, working to consistently high standards.  Tenacity and the ability to influence, negotiate and drive through results is essential. The nature of the role is such that work may need to be undertaken over weekends or in the evenings and may also involve travelling to squad training sessions and international competitions.

Candidates should have experience working in complex project management, ideally in a performance operations/logistics delivery role in the high performance sporting system.  A good knowledge of the equestrian sport horse environment would be beneficial.

The position is a permanent full time employee role, based at our offices at Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, with potential to progress into the Head of Performance Operations role.  The contract will include a competitive salary plus pension and health insurance in accordance with the BEF’s normal terms and conditions of employment.

Interested applicants should complete the application form and send it, together with an up to date CV, to Maggie Moreton, Head of Secretariat, British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH or email maggie.moreton@bef.co.uk by 1200 hrs 4 May, with interviews taking place week commencing 8 May.

The BEF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications.


Anti-Doping Programme Manager (Maternity Cover) - British Equestrian Federation

The BEF is the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK which, working collaboratively with its 19 member bodies, represents a broad spectrum of equine interests. A unique opportunity has arisen to be involved in the BEF’s human and equine anti-doping programme, enabling the successful candidate to gain invaluable insight and experience of end to end delivery of a sports testing programme.

We require a pro-active individual with good organisational forward-planning and stakeholder management skills, to join the BEF whilst the current Anti-Doping Programme Manager is on maternity leave. Successful applicants should be educated to degree level or equivalent and must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to work to consistently high standards. A good knowledge of the equestrian sport horse environment would be beneficial, as would experience of working within anti-doping programmes.

The nature of the role is such that work may need to be undertaken over weekends or in the evenings. It will also involve travelling to Squad Sessions and other training events. The contract will be for a fixed term of up to a year starting on or before 12 June 2017 and will include a competitive salary plus pension and health insurance in accordance with the BEF’s normal terms and conditions of employment.

The position is part time, based at our offices at Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire. 

Applications should be sent to Maggie Moreton, Head of Secretariat, British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH by 1200 hrs 16 May 2017 or by email to maggie.moreton@bef.co.uk. Interviews will be held on 30-31 May.


Chief Executive - The Pony Club 

Based at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Founded 88 years ago, The Pony Club is a national charity for members up to the age of 25 and has been the launch pad for many successful international equestrian careers. With 27,000 members at 340 branches, plus another 13,000 through 480 independent centres, The Pony Club is led by its Board of Trustees supported by various specialist committees, all drawn from the 10,000 volunteers who run the day to day activities in the branches and centres.

The Chief Executive will manage a full time professional central management team. Responsibilities include administration, financial management, sponsorship, safeguarding, health and safety, advertising and promoting The Pony Club nationally, and the organisation of the many national events, which take place primarily in the school/university holiday periods. The Chief Executive will report to the Board of Trustees and work very closely with them and the specialist committees. Full details of The Pony Club are on the website www.pcuk.org

Candidates must have the personality and experience to lead the team and be comfortable in dealing at all levels with Trustees, volunteers, members, coaches and sponsors. A youthful outlook with excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, commercial and business acumen is essential. Experience of The Pony Club, or of other significant equestrian activities, is highly desirable.

Please send your CV, plus a letter explaining your interest in, and qualifications for the role, plus current remuneration details, by Friday 12th May to our retained consultant, Donald Macleod, at donald@macleodscott.co.uk For further information, or to discuss the position with him, contact his email or phone him on 07768 404372.

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