ESNZ Vacancy – ESNZ Appointed Board Member

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) is the national body for Equestrian Sports. Its vision is ‘To enrich the lives of humans and horses through equestrian pursuits’.  ESNZ delivers competitions and administration in conjunction with its five discipline bodies (Eventing, Jumping, Dressage, Endurance and Para Equestrian). The organisation’s core values include integrity, 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 is engaged in the Sport New Zealand Governance Mark Programme.

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 current appointed vacancy has arisen due to rotation and the incumbent has advised they will be retiring after 6 years as a ESNZ Board member. 

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 background we are seeking is:

  • Strong business, financial acumen, and experience. Prefer Chartered accountant experience
  • Sports governance experience
  • Commercialisation experience (innovation, business models, channels to market)
  • Proven ability at a strategic level

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, usually during business hours. Some of these are online while the others are in Wellington or Christchurch. Meetings require a commitment of time for pre-reading and preparation. Other time commitment includes sub-committee membership and email dialogue between meetings.    

The role will commence immediately post the AGA 29th September 2022 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 2nd September 2022 at 5pm.