Board of Directors
British Showjumping Non-Executive Board Directors
Les Harris – Chairman
Chairman of Fresh Direct Holdings Ltd, a company Les founded in 1970 and has built into the international
company it is today with a turnover approaching £200m, a staff count of 1200 and 8 depots nationwide including one in France.
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 ion 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).
Sponsorship and Marketing
Held until February 2018 by Rod Kohler (deceased). Position TBC.
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 – Showjumping Specific
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.
Kirsty Pearce – Showjumping Specific
Working as a Sales and Financial Specialist with over 20 years of experience of delivering commercial results, Kirsty also has a longstanding and successful alignment with the sport. As well as competing at all levels Kirsty served on the past Executive Board as a regionally elected member. Kirsty feels it is important to give time back to the sport if it is to continue moving forward.