Board of Directors
British Showjumping Non-Executive Board Directors
Charles Britton – Chairman
With an involvement in the sport that spans more than five decades Charles brings a wealth of experieince with him to the role of Chairman. Initially involved as a competitor, Charles also has a highly renowned business which designs and builds equestrian facilities for horse owners and riders at all levels of the sport in Charles Britton Equestrian Construction, is the proprietor and show organiser of SouthView Equestrian Centre and has served on both the National Sport and Members Council committees.
Iain Graham – Chief Executive
Starting within the Pharmaceutical Industry in 1993 with an Honours degree in Pharmacy, Iain’s career changed paths when he was appointed as Technical Advisor to British Eventing. Shortly afterwards Iain accepted the position of BE Regional Director for Scotland and the North of England where he remained until joining British Showjumping bringing a depth of knowledge from the equestrian industry. Iain also has a wealth of experience from the commercial sector in respect of formulating and delivering change on strategic planning and re structuring. Iain was appointed as a member of the EEF Jumping Working Group in 2014 and is an FEI Technical Delegate for Eventing.
Stuart McInnes MBE – Legal & Governance
Stuart was reappointed in 2018 on the Non-Exec Board having initially been appointed in 2015.
A Consultant at global law Firm, Squire Patton Boggs, who has since 2004, sat as an Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne , Switzerland. Stuart has sat on more than 300 arbitrations and in 2012 he was appointed as one of twelve arbitrators to sit on the Ad Hoc Committee of the CAS for the 2012 Olympic Games, London and again for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil. He is also a Visiting Professor to the Instituto Superior Derecho y Economia in Madrid, Spain and regularly lectures at International Sports Conferences around the world.
Alison Rankin Frost – Public Relations & Communications
Alison was reappointed in the Non-Exec board having initially been appointed in 2015.
She is an experienced non-executive board director who has worked as an advisor at board level across a number of organisations. Alison is a Governor of the London School of Economics and a Patron of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is one of just over 200 Chartered Public Relations Professionals in the UK (CIPR). She is a former President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in the UK and currently sits on the Council of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).
Jenny Quirke – Finance
A qualified accountant with over 15 years of Board level experience in the finance sector, Jenny has strong systems skills and experience in automating and streamlining processes. She also has extensive risk management and governance knowledge, and introducing and enhancing control environments. Jenny runs her own Accountancy practice and maintains a keen interest in all equestrian sport.
Samantha Livesey – Integrity & Compliance
Samantha has been a member of British Showjumping for over 25 years. Competing initially at Young Rider level, where she qualified and jumped twice in the Young Riders Final at Olympia International Horse Show, she has produced showjumpers from British Novice through to Grade A level and CSI Amateur International Competition, and currently competes her two horses in the North West region. In addition to competing within the sport and understanding the needs of its key stakeholders, Samantha brings an added depth of expertise, knowledge and value to British Showjumping in her professional capacity as a partner at International law firm Pinsent Masons LLP. Heading up the Commercial team, Samantha is well used to working with clients at Board level and has specialist sports sector expertise as a key member of Pinsent Masons' Business of Sport legal team, leading the firm's Horseracing and Equine Industries advisory service. Advising sports industry clients such as UK Sport and The Jockey Club, Samantha also sits on the BEF anti-doping board where she has participated as a panel member in an associated tribunal hearing.
James Broome – Showjumping Specific
Managing one of the busiest equestrian facilities within the UK for the past two decades, James brings tremendous knowledge and understanding of the sport as a whole in addition to the requirements of those participating in it. James has also sat as an elected Director and Vice Chair on the board of another BEF member body, British Carriagedriving, as well as having served in a voluntary capacity on a number of BEF groups including the BEF Facilities Steering Group
Laura Stockdale – Showjumping Specific
With an involvement in the sport that spans more than thirty years, Laura has considerable knowledge and first-hand experience of the sporting structure from young horse production classes and the grass roots competition structure through to the highest national and international level. In addition to this Laura is a long standing owner of horses competing at both a national and international level and has assisted build and run an extremely high profile business and showjumping yard under the brand of Team Stockdale.