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

Meet The EEA Executive 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 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 - 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.

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.”


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 show jumping 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 young children, two horses, two dogs and riding out whenever she can! Liz is a founding Non Executive Board Director of the BGA and EEA

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.


Ben Sturt - Non Executive Director

Ben has spent most of his professional life working with membership organisations, helping them develop and grow through well grounded, uncomplicated, digital strategies. Ben runs his own digital strategy and consultancy agency, Chrysalis Digital and has a growing and active family with two young girls, anywhere between 1-3 horses, camels, dogs, bees and mountain bikes and a very lovely, understanding and supportive wife!


JO day - Non executive director

As a dressage enthusiast, with a strong business background, Jo has joined the team to take on the responsibility of the development of the Equestrian Employers Association.


CATRIONA FINLAYSON- Non executive director

Cat is a freelance communications consultant who has spent her career working in education, not-for-profit, cultural, membership and small business sectors. She is an all-round communication professional specialising in media relations, stakeholder engagement, marketing, public affairs, change and internal communications and has worked for several membership organisations to raise their profile.

Having started her career as a museum curator, Cat understands the importance of pursuing your dreams but also the importance of being treated fairly and having a strong professional network to support you.



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 EEA grow from strength to strength and help its members for years to come."




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