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 Officer and Magazine Editor 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 - 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 - 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 Magazine Editor

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 at an equine veterinary practice as well as 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.

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.

Carl Isaac - Non Executive Director

Carl is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England &Wales.  He has held senior finance roles with several large international companies.  He has enjoyed equine activities all his life including riding, driving and hunting and spent many of his summers as a groom at his family’s stables.  He is currently part of the Lewis-Isaac Coaching team.

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. 


Nicola Mcclure - Digital director

After graduating from the University of Brighton in 2010 with a first class Business Studies degree Nicola began working for leading equestrian brand Horse & Hound. Today she holds the position of Marketing Manager for Horse & Hound and Country Life. Nicola brings her wealth of experience in marketing to join the BGA & EEA in the position of Digital Marketing Director.            

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. 



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