What our members say

“As a livery yard owner, the support from the EEA has been invaluable in the employment of our staff and the efficient running of the business.”

Day Dressage

EEA Member

“We decided we were going to do things differently, I just wasn't always sure how to do it! The EEA has all the solutions to employing staff legally.”

D & L Performance Horses

EEA Member

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The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) is the organisation for you if you employ staff in the equestrian industry.

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Equestrian Employers Association Team Members

Meet The EEA Team

The Team

The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) is run by a voluntary Board of Directors who all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge about their areas of expertise and the equestrian world, and understand working with horses. 

Our Chief Executive, Membership Manager and Member Engagement Manager manage the day to day running of the association. 

Lucy Katan British Grooms Association Executive Director

Lucy Katan - Chief Executive

Lucy was an international dressage groom for eight years, representing Team GBR. She is the founder of the EEA and BGA and runs the office and coordinates all developments.

She previously worked at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Anti Doping, and at LOCOG (the Organising Committee of London 2012 Olympics).

Chris Hewlett, British Grooms Association Chairman

Chris Hewlett - Board Chairman

Chris is the founder and Managing Director of Haddon Training - one of the leading equine works based training providers in the country, and the preferred and endorsed choice by the three BEF Olympic disciplines.

Equestrian Employers Association President Tullis Matson

Tullis Matson - President

Tullis Matson is the founder and Managing Director of Stallion AI Services. "As an equestrian employer with a current headcount of 27 employees, I understand the challenges facing employers and the importance of good staff retention. I believe in creating a happy working environment that nurtures talent and allows the individuals to reach their full potential.

Through my support of the Equestrian Employers Association, I hope to be able to share the message across our industry that creating a rewarding and encouraging environment for employees, not to mention a safe and legally compliant one, is essential to business success.”

Liz Daniels British Grooms Association Engagement Director

Liz Daniels - Member Engagement Manager

Based in Scotland, but originally from Staffordshire, Liz has worked with horses for many years on a variety of yards, including spending time as a showjumping groom for Geoff Billington.

Liz now spends most of her time working for the BGA and teaching at the local Pony Clubs, looking after her two children, two horses, two dogs and riding out whenever she can! 

Fi Boughton British Grooms Association Member Manager

Fi Boughton - Membership Manager

Fi has worked with horses since leaving school in a wide variety of yards including with Lucinda Fredericks and Pippa Funnell as well as in racing, showing and veterinary convalescence.

Vicky James - EEA Membership COORDINATOR

Vicky's professional life has been spent in roles supporting businesses with a range of employment and HR matters. As such, she brings a wealth of experience to the EEA as our dedicated Membership Coordinator. 
Horses have always been part of Vicky's life in one way or another! 

Charlotte de Metz British Grooms Association Non Executive Director

Charlotte de Metz - Non executive director

Charlotte has a strong track record in delivering innovative employee development, engagement, and retention practices. She brings a wealth of HR experience to the organisation. 

Charlotte's passion is dressage and competes at an amateur level with her dressage horse; Hawai. Horses from a young age have always been part of Charlotte’s life.

Michelle Wells - Non executive director

Michelle has over fifteen years of experience in developing and implementing marketing strategies for international businesses. She loves to blend both the art and the science of marketing, to help organisations achieve their objectives and she’s delighted to be working with the BGA.

She adores equestrian sports and over the years has enjoyed hunting, showjumping and riding out racehorses. Most recently, she has joined BD and is learning the ropes of dressage with her horse, Wibble.

Judith Warr British Grooms Association Non Executive Director


Judith is a qualified management accountant with a specialism and many years experience, in financial services. Based in Yorkshire, although originally from the Midlands, she is a very amateur equestrian in her spare time and takes on the role of Financial Non-Executive Director. 

"I am hoping that my finance experience and some understanding of the equestrian industry can help the BGA grow from strength to strength and help its members for years to come."




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