New boss for UK horse sport
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