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Meet our team

British Dressage (BD) members pay for the 38 BD staff who beaver away behind the scenes at the Meriden Business Park headquarters in the West Midlands and in our eight regions to make competitive dressage in Britain happen.

The workload is split in the following ways:


  Name: Jason Brautigam
Position: Chief Executive
Tel: 0247 669 8843
Email: Click here to email Jason

Jason provides leadership to the team and works with the Chairman and the Board on delivering the strategic plan. As CEO he oversees all areas and supports many of the technical committees. He manages all of BD’s commercial arrangements, budgets and financial bids, as well as the relationships with key partners such as the BEF, the FEI and government agencies. He ensures the office and regions run smoothly and provides the necessary services to meet the needs of members.


 

Name: Angela Green
Position: HR & Office Manager
Tel: 0247 669 8844
Email: Click here to email Angela

Angela has the task of dealing with the inordinate amount of paperwork generated by all the committee meetings, preparing agendas and taking minutes, as well as performing the standard secretarial roles of keeping the CEO’s diary and fielding all calls.


 

  Name: Vacant
Position: Commercial & Marketing Manager
Tel: 0247 669 8833
Email:  
This position looks after the membership and marketing teams and is responsible for any commercial projects that involve licensing such as clothing and merchandise. It's is also responsible for managing sponsor relationships with our Partners such as Shearwater and HCR and is always looking for new ones!  

 


 

Name: Michelle Garland & Natasha Pearce
Position: Horse Registrations & Membership
Tel 0247 669 8836 / 0247 669 8832
Email: Click here to email the team

Michelle and Natasha process the membership applications and renewals of BD’s 14,000 members every year, entering the details on computer and keeping an up-to-date record of all members.

They are also in charge of music membership and arrange this membership for non-BD members who compete in freestyle tests, so they don’t break the law when they play their music in public.

The girls also deal with more than 15,000 horse registrations a year and sort the downgrading and assessments of horses and horse passports.

BD holds detailed records of each registered horse, including its competition results, height, age, colour, etc. As a member, you can access your horse’s details online by clicking Results and you can also view other horses’ competition results free of charge.


Name:

Jessica Gibbons

Position: Marketing Officer
Tel:  02476 698819
Email:  Click here to email Jessica

Jessica is responsible for all marketing activity for British Dressage. In conjunction with the membership and communications teams, Jess creates marketing campaigns to support promotions, initiatives and events throughout the year. Working closely with the RDOs, she’s responsible for ensuring they’re all equipped with the relevant marketing materials and collateral to ensure they can effectively promote their region and its activities. Acting as brand champion, Jess works to make sure the BD brand and message is consistent across all platforms and clients, from sponsors to venues.


  Name:

Camille Peters

Position: Marketing Assistant
Tel:  02476 698819
Email:  Click here to email Sarah

Millie works closely with Jess to support all BD's marketing and commercial activity. She helps to manage our loyal partners and sponsors as well as co-ordinating a huge, diverse campaign plan for the year. 


  Name: Charlotte Osborne
Position: Training & Education Manager
Tel: 0247 669 8833
Email:  Click here to email Charlotte

Charlotte heads the Training & Education team including judges and coaches plus overseeing all training and events such as the Judges Seminar, National Convention and FEI training courses.

 


Name: Kelsey Smith & Viki Decesare
Position: Training & Education Officers
Tel: 0247 669 8833 - Viki
0247 708 7801 - Kelsey
Email: Click here to email Kelsey

Kelsey and Viki work closely with the Training & Education Manager to help organise events such as the National Convention and the Judges Seminar. 

In their role, Kelsey and Viki liaise with the Training Committee to help develop the UKCC Courses, Apprenticeship scheme and the Trainers database.

Managing the current listed judges database, they are in charge of running training and examinations for judges and supporting their activities. 

 

Name: Chloe French
Position: Training & Education Assistant
Tel: 0247 669 8831
Email:  Click here to email Chloe

Chloe supports the Training & Education team including judges and coaches plus helping with all training and events such as the Judges Seminar, National Convention and FEI training courses.

 

 

Name:

Amanda Heath

Position: Sport Operations Manager
Tel: 0247 669 8827
Email:  Click here to email Amanda

Amanda heads the BD Sports Team and is responsible for managing the sport nationally as well as developing new initiatives to increase participation in affiliated Dressage.

The position is responsible for rules, fixtures, competition venues, judges, the international department (Senior and Para), discipline, results and qualifications.

 

Name: Rachel Smith
Position: Sport Development and Para Dressage Officer
Tel: 0247 669 8837
Email:  Click here to email Rachel

Rachel deals with the invitations from international para shows and organises trips abroad for para competitors, sorting their travel arrangements and documents. Rachel also works closely with Lianne Martin (below) to arrange international trips for Britain's leading senior riders.

Rachel liaises with the selectors to produce selection policies and assist in the organisation of any events, such as the para national convention.


Name: Lianne Martin
Position: Senior International Officer
Tel: 0247 669 8835
Email: Click here to email Lianne
Lianne deals with all matters international for Britain's top senior riders. She organises their trips abroad, sorting invitations from international shows, entries, travel documents, FEI riders and horse licenses, FEI Horse Passports. Her job also involves liaising with selectors and chef d'equipes. 


 

Name:  
Position: Fixtures Co-ordinator
Tel: 02476 698909
Email: Click here to email Christina

This role manages the competition calendar, putting together the Show schedules for nearly 2,000 days of competition a year and liaising with show organisers. Christina doesn't run any shows, so please send your entries to the relevant show organiser, not the BD office.


Name: Monica Kilminster
Position: Quest Administrator
Tel: 0247 708 7804
Email: Click here to email Monica

Monica adminsters the smooth running of the Quest series which incorporates Team Quest and My Quest. She registers teams, collates the regional leaderboards, manages the fab Quest Facebook page and organises the Championships. 


Name: Charlene Bryant
Position: Grading Officer
Tel: 0247 669 8846
Email: Click here to email Charlene

As grading officer, Charlene enters all the show results from the 2,000 days of competition held in Britain every year on a database. This information is available online in the Results section of this website.

Charlene also ensures the relevant show organisers are provided with details of competitors who have qualified for their shows.The grading officer also allocates the wild cards for the national and winter championships. 


Name: Sharon Weir
Position:

BYRDS Officer

Tel: 02476 698834
Email: Click here to email Sharon

Sharon looks after BYRDS riders up to 25 years old, particularly help administer the Young Professionals Programme and Pony Squad Training, along with the teams for International Competitions and the huge range of other BYRDS activities.
 


Name: Winnie Murphy
Position: Head of Communications
Tel: 0247 669 8842
Email: Click here to email Winnie

Winnie is the editor of British Dressage magazine. She manages the PR and press service for the sport, both on a day to day basis and for major events and international teams. Winnie manages all communication to BD's stakeholders, including the social media, news, print and online line publications, event programmes, content and news for the website and all email newsletters.


Name: Joanna Bowns
Position: Communications Assistant
Tel: 0247 669 8839
Email: Click here to email Joanna

Jo is a contributor to the British Dressage Magazine and also coordinates content. She writes news items and content for the website, email newsletters and print/online publications. Jo works with Winnie to provide BD's press service and is a vital team member at BD event press offices.


Name: Angie Cook
Position: Finance Manager
Tel: 0247 669 8841
Email: Click here to email Angie

Angie and finance officer Jean Swidryk sort BD’s accounts: the daily collating and banking of all income, raising invoices and making payments, paying salaries and keeping records from which the annual audited accounts are prepared.


  Name: Sean Whitty
Position: Accounts Officer
Tel: 02476 698838
Email: Click here to email Sean

Sean helps Finance manager Angie Cook to sort BD’s accounts: raising invoices and making payments,  and keeping records from which the annual audited accounts are prepared.


  Name: Lyn Ferguson
Position: Finance Officer
Tel: 02476 698820
Email:  

Lyn deals with the Purchase Ledger and Sales Ledger, Raising Invoices, Collating of income and Banking, Raising Starter Levy Invoices, and assisting within the Finance Department.


Name: Craig Borthwick
Position: Order/Finance Assistant
Tel: 02476 698830
Email: Click here to email Craig

Craig works full-time and deals with assisting the Finance Department, and processing orders via the online shop and telephone. 


Name: Pamela Mobbs
Position: Order Assistant
Tel: 0247 669 8830
Email: Click here to email Pamela

Pamela Mobbs works part-time as an order assistant, and deals with all orders via the online shop, and telephone.


 

Name: David Mountford
Position: IT Applications Developer
Tel:  
Email:  

David works tirelessly to keep our IT systems up and running. He oversees our members database, results systems and organisers event portal and how all of them interact with the website.


Name: Sue Harrison
Position: Regional & Volunteer Manager
Tel: 07894 232359
Email: Click here to email Sue

Sue is responsible for the management of the Regional Development Officers, Regional Committees and driving regional activity for BD. Sue manages our network of 200+ volunteers in the regions, to provide them with additional support and facilitate greater communication between representatives and employees across the organisation.

 


Position: Regional Development Officers

There are eight regional development officers (RDOs) on the payroll based in their own regions. They organise affordable clinics and training days for all members at all levels, as well as judge training, working closely with the fixtures officer.

Each RDO is part of a committee with a chairman and regional representatives for training, under-25s, judges and Paralympics. Details of your RDO, local reps and training days are published in British Dressage magazine on the Regional Activity page and are available online by clicking Your regions.


Name: Maggie Jackman
Position: Sponsorship Manager
Tel: 01608 676 180
Email: Click here to email Maggie
Sponsorship manager Maggie Jackman finds and manages companies who sponsor BD and is employed on a contract basis.

  Staff names in bold make up the senior management team.


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