Equestrian Sports NZ chief executive to leave role

ESNZ CEO Jim Ellis
ESNZ CEO Jim Ellis

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) chief executive Jim Ellis will leave the job in September, it has been announced.

Ellis will be taking up a leadership role within Sport New Zealand to help implement its new community sport strategy to grow participation in all sports.

Ellis has been the chief executive of ESNZ for seven years.

He has seen the organisation through many significant changes, including the current membership structure review, organisational re-branding and development of a new website.

“This new role is evidence of Sport New Zealand’s high regard for Jim, and the contribution he’s made at ESNZ,” said ESNZ chairman Chris Bray.

“It’s a very good career move, and the board congratulates him.”

The process of finding a successor for Ellis will start immediately.

The role will be advertised internally and externally.

Ellis told Horsetalk: “It has been a privilege to serve one of New Zealand’s leading Olympic medal-winning sports through a period of significant change.

“I have loved the passion that all our members have for their sport and their horses, as well as the commitment of thousands of volunteers who give up so much of their time to deliver ESNZ competitions in all disciplines.”

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