Ed Warner named chairman of British Equestrian Federation

Ed Warner named chairman of British Equestrian Federation

Ed Warner has been named as the chairman of the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) new 12-person board.

The former UK Athletics chairman’s appointment follows changes demanded by Sport England’s new governance code for all recipients of public funding. The BEF has traditionally been controlled by a council comprised of 19 member associations, but Sport England’s now insists that a hierarchy of board members should be the ultimate decision-making authority with the council adopting a more consultative role.

Warner replaces Joanne Shaw, who was only appointed in December last year, and will be joined by three other independent non-executives, four directors to be nominated by the national governing body’s council along with four members put forward by British Dressage, British Eventing, British Showjumping and the British Horse Society, which are the BEF’s four founder member associations.

The successful investment banker stepped down in August from his role as chairman of UK Athletics, a position he held for 11 years, during which he led the bid and organising committee for the 2017 IAAF World Championships that recently took place in London.

In a statement, Warner said: “The new board and I will work with our members to achieve a secure and positive future for the BEF, where compliance with the sports governance code, across all its requirements, will form part of business as usual, not simply a box-ticking exercise.

“Our interest is in supporting the entire equestrian world with integrity and objectivity, from our multi-medal winning Equestrian Team GBR to a child having their first riding lesson; from team sponsors to fans; from volunteers to charitable donors.”