New boss for UK horse sport

Horse & Hound - - News Insider - By LUCY EL­DER

THE ap­point­ment of Nick Fel­lows as the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Bri­tish Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion (BEF) has been wel­comed.

Mr Fel­lows, who joins from the helm of the Clay Pi­geon Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (CSPA), will take over from in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive Nicki Ka­vanagh and in­terim chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer David In­gle on 26 March.

He is a for­mer head of the Olympic Med­i­cal In­sti­tute and in­terim di­rec­tor for Bucks and Mil­ton Keynes County Sports Part­ner­ship. He has also spent time as a man­ager at Newsquest, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Sports Medicine In­sti­tute, di­rec­tor of Bri­tish Shoot­ing and a board mem­ber of the English Tar­get Shoot­ing Fed­er­a­tions.

Bri­tish Event­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive David Holmes said he is “very much look­ing for­ward” to work­ing with Mr Fel­lows.

“It is ex­cel­lent to have some­one with such a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence from his va­ri­ety of roles in dif­fer­ent sports,” he told H&H.

Bri­tish Dres­sage (BD) chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Brautigam said he is pleased the va­cancy has now been filled.

“[We] look for­ward to work­ing closely with Nick to en­sure that there is ef­fec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion

with BD and all mem­ber bod­ies across the fed­er­a­tion,” he said.

Pony Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Rhian Gib­son and head of Bri­tish Showjump­ing Iain Gra­ham also wel­comed the news.

“My col­leagues and I look for­ward to meet­ing Nick, and work­ing with him and the BEF to en­sure a strong fu­ture for eques­tri­an­ism,” Ms Gib­son said.

Mr Fel­lows said he has left the CSPA in “much bet­ter shape” than when he joined seven years ago and added he “can’t wait to get started” at the BEF.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with the World Class pro­gramme team at the Olympic Med­i­cal In­sti­tute has given me some in­sight into the sport and the var­i­ous facets it em­braces,” he said. “I am look­ing for­ward to meet­ing and un­der­stand­ing the ob­jec­tives of the wide range of mem­ber bod­ies and the key peo­ple through­out the BEF, both staff and ath­letes, who to­gether de­liver the suc­cess­ful out­comes.”

The last per­ma­nent chief ex­ec­u­tive at the BEF was Claire Sal­mon, who re­signed in July 2017 af­ter just over a year in the role.

Nick Fel­lows ‘can’t wait’ to get started

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