World Class Programme Performance Director

Kenilworth, UK
09 Dec 2016
20 Jan 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is seeking a dynamic individual with a track record of success to lead its World Class performance 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. 

At an elite level, equestrian sport in Great Britain has enjoyed unparalleled success in recent years with our athletes across all disciplines achieving outstanding success at both the London and Rio Games. The para-dressage team are recognised as world leaders and continue to maintain their unbeaten track record. 

The BEF is now poised to reinvigorate its approach with a new strategy currently being developed collaboratively with the BEF’s Olympic discipline Member Bodies. The sport possesses a unique challenge of optimising both the equine and human athlete and a central element to these plans will therefore be an increased emphasis on sports science and a more tailored coaching approach.

The successful candidate will lead and direct the BEF’s vision to nurture a winning environment and ensure that Great Britain maintains the most advanced performance programme in the world. The Performance Director, working in partnership with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, will oversee the management of athletes and horses, while supporting their owners, and develop emerging talent through identifiable pathways to ensure a rich pipeline for the future. This is a challenging role within a complex, multi-stakeholder environment – both internal and external – and will require the very best in leadership skills. Creating a collaborative and supportive culture will be key to maximise alignment of both the performance pathways and rider progression. 

The successful candidate will have the ability to manage and motivate teams of people with a variety of different interests, as well as ensuring that stringent performance criteria are met.  A track record of success in leading a multi-disciplinary team in a national or publicly funded high-performance environment. Knowledge of equestrian sport would be useful but not essential. Above all the candidate will have the desire to create a culture of collaboration and a passion to lead the team to success at Tokyo 2020 and beyond. 

For more information access the detailed candidate brief at:

Interested candidates should send a covering letter, outlining current salary and a CV.

Closing date for applications is Friday 20 January 2017. Interviews will take place week commencing 6 February 2017.