British Dressage today announces some changes to the Board of Directors, with two members of the Board recently standing down from their positions.
Newly appointed Finance Director Karen Wilson tendered her resignation after only six weeks in post at the end of last month. Maggie Copus, who was previously BD’s Finance Director until September this year, has therefore been co-opted back onto the Board with immediate effect and a formal election for this position will take place in due course.
Jo Graham has also left her position of Judges Director after two years in office. Jo’s deputy on the Judges Committee, Jane Peberdy, will take over as Chair of the committee on an interim basis and the Board will discuss a replacement Director appointment at their next meeting in December. A formal announcement will then follow once the Board has fully considered the options available.
BD Chairman Penny Pollard commented; “It’s always disappointing to lose valued colleagues. I wish Karen well in her professional role with the oil industry in Scotland and hope that she will stay involved with BD in the future.
“We owe Jo an enormous debt of gratitude for her hard work and determination to modernise the Judges training and examination system. With the help of the office team, technical committee and regional volunteers, BD has revolutionised its methods to the point that we’re now the envy of other countries. She leaves judging in a healthy place and should be incredibly proud of her achievements.
“We wish Jo well in her future projects and thank her for giving her time as a volunteer over the past two years in what is a challenging role.
“We have a great deal of experience on the Board and we will now continue to build on the excellent progress that has already been achieved this year. To have Maggie back will give us stability and continuity, so we can further our plans to develop a modern, vibrant and successful sport.”