New leader sought for British Grooms Association

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groom-association-BGAThe hunt is on for a new chairperson for the British Grooms Association (BGA), following the retirement of John Smales.

A member of the British Equestrian Federation, the BGA is in its eighth year and has secured an important position in the equine industry.

Executive Director Lucy Katan said John Smales had been a guiding light for the BGA over the past eight years. “With John’s retirement announcement the search is now on to find a new Chairperson for our important organisation. This is a really exciting time to join the BGA and for someone to have a direct impact on the working lives of many grooms and employers.”

The association has a loyal set of sponsors, a growing membership and a new website. With a refreshed vision and mission agreed, the BGA now has the opportunity to become a thriving business.

Applications are invited for the role of chairperson to join the current board of seven non-executive Directors from April 2015. The Board of the BGA is charged with the responsibility of providing strategic direction for the association and helping to grow it so to achieve its potential.

The chairperson will have an understanding of the equine industry and the role of a groom, with the competencies and the experience to provide effective leadership. Business acumen and commercial experience are necessary as are excellent networking, relationship and partnership building skills. The role will also require diplomacy, excellent communication and strong influencing skills.

The role is a voluntary position.

Applications for the position close on January 30.

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