Monday, January 10, 2011

Eventing: British Eventing Announces New BE Chairman

New BE Chairman Amanda Ratcliffe (Photo courtesy British Eventing)
Media Release
10th January 2011

We are extremely pleased to announce that the BE Board have elected Amanda Ratcliffe as Chairman of the Board of British Eventing. Amanda previously served as a co-opted Board Director from 2007 to 2008 and was re-elected in November 2010.

Amanda has enormous experience in Eventing having competed for fifteen years from BE90 levels up to CCI4* level. Alongside having her children and Eventing, she set up and ran her own Market Research and PR Company which she ran successfully for four years. The company gained contracts covering a wealth of businesses from Government sponsored training and enterprise councils to start-up companies and small businesses. Amanda then went on to join her husband in a management buy-out of a division of BP in 1991. They made the decision to float the company 18 months later, and by 1998 the company had increased its value to fifteen times its original value.

In addition to the qualities that her experience as an Event rider and businesswoman bring to the position, Amanda also has recently completed a degree in Psychology and Philosophy.

Amanda ran a strong campaign for a position on the BE Board in the run-up to the recent BE AGM and Board Elections (November 2010) with much support from the ERA (Event Riders Association). Amanda said of the importance of the BE Board: “I have always seen the duty of Board Directors to protect the interest not only of competitors but to seek consensus between stakeholders, including organisers, owners, volunteers and employees.

“It is a great honour to be elected Chairman within a sport which I have gained so much from as an amateur rider, and I really look forward to giving something back.

“I believe that my previous experience on the Board, plus my perspective as an Event rider in addition to my business experience will be of great benefit to the company and the sport in this country.”

10th January 2011

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