British Eventing Training Foundation Trustee (BETF) – Voluntary Position

The Trustees of the British Eventing Training Foundation are looking for new Trustees to join the BETF Board of Trustees to help fulfil its charitable objectives, which are:


  1. For the public benefit, the advancement of physical education and development of children and young people by the provision of facilities for participation in the sport of eventing.
  1. For the public benefit to promote community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities to enable wide participation in the sport of eventing.
    1. For the purposes of this clause, facilities include free or affordable courses in eventing, information and instruction on rider skill and safety, horse welfare and safety, and sportsmanship and teamwork.


The British Eventing Training Foundation is a Foundation Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under charity number: 1204046


The Foundation is an organisation which is open to everyone who wishes to participate in the sport of Eventing and to amateur riders wishing to improve their knowledge and skills.


In fulfilling its charitable objectives, the BETF is aiming:


  • to encourage people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to participate in the sport of Eventing;
  • to provide training to amateur riders of all ages which improves their riding skills as well as their safety and horse welfare;
  • to promote volunteering through a series of training programmes within the sport;
  • to develop and nurture the younger participants in the Sport of Eventing through the 12-21 Programme, improving rider safety, knowledge of horse welfare, sportsmanship, and teamwork; and
  • to research, develop and implement safety initiatives.


Trustees will be expected to meet at least twice a year to carry out the following duties:

  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy.
  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing Constitution, charity law, and any other relevant legislation and Charity Commission regulations.
  • Ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public.
  • Ensure that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place.
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • Protect and manage the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • Follow proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal, and remuneration of the chief executive.

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have in order to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.


Person specification

  • A commitment to the organisation
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • Finance & charity governance oversight
  • Previous experience with the setting up and running of charities desirable.


Application Process:


Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and CV for Rosie Williams, CEO, to the Executive Assistant at by 19th May 2024.


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