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 a dressage groom for eight years. Following a speech on behalf of groom recognition at the 2003 Equine Forum, she became the BEF's Grooms Representative. She is the founder of the BGA and runs the office and coordinates all BGA developments. She previously worked at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, 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.

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.

Rebecca Rawson - Non Executive Director

For the past 10 years Rebecca has run Wallace PR Communications, working with a variety of equine clients, such as The British Equestrian Federation and Nicola Wilson Eventing. In 2011 Rebecca was appointed Regional Chair, in the SE Region for Hoof Ride. Hoof Ride is the Equestrian Legacy brand of the British Equestrian Federation.

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 Employers Zone.

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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