BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022-23
Mrs Jane Williams
Jane is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and has worked over 30 years in global business, specialising in business and people transformation. Jane became Acting Chair of the ABRS+ in 2019, and the confirmed Chair in 2021. Jane is a regular speaker at professional forums, press contributor and qualified coach. Jane attained her BHSAI in 1982 and previously competed regularly for the Langshot Riding Club in dressage and show jumping, and in Affiliated Dressage to Medium level. Alongside a love of horses, she has a great interest in politics, sport and the arts.
Air Cdre George Baber OBE RAF (Rtd) BSc
Director of Member Services and Operations
George deals with our member applications, licensing and support. He holds a Diploma in Business Administration (Institute of Directors) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc). George is an established business development director responsible for strategic business and marketing planning, and previously served in the RAF for many years including team leadership and project management roles.
Mrs Carolyn Fiddes CMIIA, QIAL, BA (Hons)
Carolyn is an experienced qualified internal auditor and former Council Member of The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. She has significant global corporate leadership as Director of Audit, Risk and Control working in major Financial Services organisations.
Carolyn came to riding late in life. When not working, she enjoys riding and spending time with her horses with occasional competing through local riding clubs and unaffiliated events. Also supporting her daughter in her equestrian career. She is keen to ensure riding is more accessible with good quality teaching and support available.
Miss Debbie Maclean
Debbie has been the proprietor of Santolina Stables in Berkshire, a riding centre specialising in teaching children, since she opened it in 1990. Debbie holds various equestrian qualifications and is currently undertaking her CIEC Coach levels to provide ABRS coaching in the future.
Mrs Julie Pedley BHS AI
Competitions and Test League Coordinator
Julie holds the ABRS Teaching Certificate, Principal’s Diploma and is also a BHS AI. Together with her husband, son and daughter she runs Follifoot Park Riding Centre in Yorkshire. It is also home to Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group and Follifoot Park Young Riders Club.
Mrs Paula Leverton
Equine Education Coordinator
With a lifelong passion for horses, Paula has been the proprietor of Four Winds Equitation Centre in Lincolnshire in since 1980 and has served as an ABRS Trustee since 2000. She is a Level 4 coach, Assessor and BHS Riding and Road safety assessor. Having competed successfully at novice and intermediate eventing, Paula now focuses on dressage.
Mrs Carol Boulton BHS SM
Riding Centre Liaison Officer (Europe)
With almost 50 years’ experience in the equestrian industry, Carol has attained the level of BHSSM, level 3 Coach and Assessor as well as being a Ride With Your Mind ™ Accredited Coach. Carol is proprietor of Russells Equestrian Centre in Hampshire which she established in 1974 and is a very experienced teacher of clients with special needs. Carol has also been a local councillor for over 20 years, serving on many planning committees.
Mrs Cheryl Johns
Director of PR and Marketing
Cheryl is the founder of LiveryList and specialises in the development and support of equestrian businesses. She holds a HND in Equine Studies, specialising in business management. A former NH groom, she spent 13 years working as freelance groom and is an experienced yard manager. She has ridden and owned horses for many years, has competed nationally and judged to regional level in the show ring specialising in natives and working hunter.
NON-BOARD TEAM MEMBERS
Mrs Sue Beasey
Sue is an administrator, specialising in HR, in various industries for more than forty years, including 15 years working in the corporate world responsible for a team designing and delivering training courses globally. Sue is now our Membership Manager and main office administrator whom many of you will be familiar with if you contact the office. Sues’ role is ‘front of house’ for the ABRS+, supporting our members and provisional members, assisting with the administrative duties, and working alongside the ABRS+ team of directors to develop the strategies of the association.
Mrs Debbie Melville
Independent Quality Assessor (CIEC)
Debbie is an accredited freelance coach, coach educator, lead assessor, quality assurer and mentor for the ABRS+, the British Horse Society (BHSI) as well as British Eventing, the Pony Club and British Dressage She works with riders and coaches across all disciplines from novice to advanced, whilst having a particular interest in eventing, being a National Steward for BE Events. For over 25 years she was also a part-time Lecturer at Plumpton College. In 2016 she completed the rigorous British Equestrian Federation UKCC Level 4, going on to complete a Master’s Degree in Professional Sports Coaching. She is very pleased to be involved with promoting Coach training, qualification and quality assurance within the ABRS+. She is based near Lewes in East Sussex.
PRESIDENTS AND VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE ABRS+
Julian was the co-proprietor and Chief Instructor of Suzanne’s Riding School in Harrow for many years, and now run Kings Barn Equestrian in West Sussex. He is a keen horseman, experienced trainer and a published equestrian author on the subject of teaching and training techniques. He is a Fellow of the Association (FABRS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), ABRS Principal’s Diploma and Licentiate of City & Guilds (LCGI). As well as a career with horses, Julian works in the charity world and is a partner of a fundraising consultancy. His other passion is music and a number of his compositions have been performed by professional orchestras.
FELLOWS OF THE ABRS+
Mrs Tina Layton-Elliott