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British Grooms Association Team


The Team

The British Grooms Association (BGA) 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.

Our Executive Director, Membership Manager and Member Engagement Manager manage the day to day running of the association and are all ex grooms, so really understand our members and life as a groom. 

Lucy Katan British Grooms Association Executive Director

Lucy Katan - Executive Director

Lucy was an international dressage groom for eight years, representing Team GBR. She is the founder of the BGA & Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) 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 - 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.

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 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 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.

In her role as unofficial groom for her daughter she is staying in touch with the industry. She is delighted to be able to work with the BGA to help increase the profile of grooms.

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.

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.

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."

John Smalls British Grooms Association Vice President

John Smales - VICe President

As Chairman of the BGA from 2008-2015, John was a key member of the team. John has now hung up his spurs and is enjoying retirement, but is a loyal supporter and always a friend to our association. 



What the personal accident policy covers you for:

  • Whilst at work
  • All stable duties – mucking out, grooming, washing off, turning out
  • Clipping
  • Riding – including hacking and jumping
  • Hunting
  • Lunging
  • Breaking in
  • Holding horse for a vet and other procedures
  • Travelling horses both in the UK and abroad
  • Competing in line with your job including: jumping, dressage, eventing
  • Injuries that may happen to you whilst you are teaching - but you must also be grooming as part of your duties and not be a sole instructor

What the personal accident policy doesn’t cover you for:

  • Riding in a race, point to point or team chase
  • Stunt Riding
  • Accidents occurring whilst travelling to and from work
  • Riding and competing your own horse (but you can upgrade when applying for membership to include this)
  • Public Liability – this is a separate insurance policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance
  • Care Custody and Control – this is a separate policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance

If you require additional cover then please contact KBIS directly.


When you are working for other people you do most of the following; muck out, turn out/catch in, tack up, groom horses, exercise Horses (including hacking, jumping and schooling), in the care of your employer/client.




Predominantly ride horses for other people including schooling, exercising and competing.   

 Provide grooming services for someone else either full time or on a freelance basis i.e. an employer or a client.   


Employ staff – have an employers liability policy in your name NO NO YES
Buy and sell horses NO YES YES

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