ESNZ is seeking to appoint two appointed board members and one co-opted board member.  

Follows is the position brief for these positions on the ESNZ Board:

Position Brief
Appointed Board Members (2) plus co-opted (1) – Equestrian Sports NZ  Board   

Purpose and context

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) is the national body for Equestrian Sports. It aims to deliver quality equestrian competitions and administration in conjunction with its five discipline bodies (Eventing, Jumping, Dressage, Endurance and Para Equestrian). The organisation’s core values include integrity and respect, excellence, inclusion and wellbeing of our people and horses.  Fit for purpose policies, including Health & Safety and Drug & Alcohol, are in place for the benefit of all members. ESNZ has around 20 staff and a Wellington based head office.

The ESNZ Board has typical governance responsibilities: ensuring ESNZ complies with all legal and constitutional requirements; setting strategic direction and priorities; setting high-level policies and management performance expectations; monitoring and evaluating organisational performance and overseeing the management of risk.

The Board consists of the President, Vice President, the Chair, or their nominee , of four of the Disciplines and three Appointed Board Members. Additional board members may be co-opted from time to time. The two current appointed vacancies have arisen due to rotation and the incumbent have advised they will be re-standing. The Board is also looking to co-opt a member with financial capability in light of a retiring Board member 2022.

This role would appeal to individuals who have an affinity with horses and a desire to be associated with an organisation with a worldwide reputation. You would be keen to be a positive influence on creating and supporting pathways for those younger riders wanting a long future in the sport.

Person Specification

The backgrounds we are seeking between the new appointees and co-opted are:

  • Sports governance experience
  • Strong commercialisation experience (innovation, business models, channels to market etc
  • IT project/programme governance or oversight
  • Strong business, financial acumen, and experience. Prefer Chartered accountant experience
  • Proven ability at a strategic level
  • Experience with facilities management

Personal traits of a successful board member will include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to constructively challenge and contribute to robust boardroom conversations
  • A commitment to furthering the interests of ESNZ and its members
  • Alignment with the organisation’s values

The role is open to individuals living throughout New Zealand.  ESNZ seeks to attract a Board member with experience, networks and skills that will add value to the Board and governance leadership of the organisation.  ESNZ supports diversity and inclusion. 

Time commitment and term

Six to eight board meetings are held each year. Some of these are online while the others are predominantly in Wellington. Other time commitment may include sub-committee membership and email dialogue between meetings.    

The role will commence immediately post the AGA 1st October  2021 for a term of two years. Board members are eligible to be appointed for further terms.

The role is unpaid but expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed.  

For more information on the organisation please visit

To Apply

For further information on the role please contact Lynda Clark, Board Chair, [email protected] +64 27 432 3286.

To express interest in the role please email cover letter and Governance CV to [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 10th September 2021 at 5pm.