No organisation exists without people and nothing can be achieved without their efforts, here at Bransby Horses we are incredibly lucky to have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers helping us to achieve our objectives.
Our trustees are volunteers who give up their time and use their skills and experience to support the charity and help us to achieve our objectives.
Trustees are the people who lead the charity forwards and ensure every decision made is in the best interests of the animals. They have overall control of Bransby Horses and are responsible for making sure the charity is achieving what it was set up to do.
Carole Fisher – Chairman
Carole became a Trustee in 2010 and became Chairman in 2013. She runs an equestrian business and farms in partnership with her husband and son. In 2006 the partnership won the Crown Estates first ‘Rural Business Award’. With a grounding in agriculture as well as equestrianism she takes an active part in the family farming and contracting business. She is married with two sons and is interested in community and charity work. 18 years ago she created a non-profit making Toll Ride to give local riders safe off- road riding. This is still running successfully giving up to 60 riders’ trouble free riding. She raises funds for the Lincs. and Notts. Air Ambulance, which she sees as a vital service to the rural community. She is committed to helping Bransby Horses to deliver its’ Strategic Plan’ to progress and handle the challenges ahead.
In her leisure time she enjoys riding her horse, dressage writing and fence judging at B. E. events including Burghley. She and her husband also enjoy skiing and travel.
Elizabeth Dawson – Vice-Chairman
Beth Dawson became a Trustee in July 2013 and is also Vice-Chairman.
Beth went to school in Edinburgh and attended Robinson College, University of Cambridge, and has one daughter.
Beth is the General Manager of National Trust properties in Nottinghamshire which encompasses Clumber Park, Thurgaton Workhouse, Southwell and Mr Straw’s House, Worksop.
Beth brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the charity and is dedicated to helping Bransby Horses achieve its charitable objects through strategic planning and hard work. She has a wonderful sense of humour that enriches the Board.
Steve Mitchell – Treasurer
” I first became aware of the charity when relocating to the area in 1987 from my home in North Yorkshire. Living in the adjacent village of Sturton by Stow, I have followed with interest the substantial and impressive development of Bransby Horses during that period.
Since leaving college I have been involved in manufacturing engineering for 47 years. I have a broad management experience gained in a number of companies. I moved to Lincoln with my then young family to join a local engineering company in 1987. I have held the post of Managing Director with this company for the last 20 years. When the Company became stock market listed I became a Group Board Director.
I was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2013 and as I am due to retire at the end of this year from commercial life I am delighted with the appointment and believe that my management experience and business governance will be of significant benefit to Bransby Horses and its on-going development.”
Charley Sowden – Trustee
Charley grew up in Lincoln, before graduating from Loughborough University and embarking upon a career in PR & marketing.
She spent many years within advertising agencies, producing campaigns for a number of global brands, before joining BP’s lead sponsorship team throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since then, Charley has led marketing teams within the fashion and retail sector, and more recently has taken up a strategic, marketing led role within the NHS.
A mother of three, Charley spends almost all of her spare time at local Pony Club events!
Heather Elston – Trustee
Heather was appointed as a Trustee in March 2016 and is Head of Department of Animal and Equine Sciences at Brackenhurst, Nottingham Trent University, where she is responsible for the courses and facilities. She has research interests in equine nutrition and feeding, equine housing and grazing systems and also measuring activity patterns in horses. She graduated from Nottingham University and is a qualified BHSII(SM).
Heather spends most of her free time with her horses and competes at grassroots level British Eventing BE90/100 and British Dressage up to medium level and represented the local Riding Club, East Midlands Dressage Group, at eventing and dressage. She currently competes her own coloured mare, Smartie Pants, and has had many local BE wins including Shelford Manor, Buckminster House, Frickley Park and Eland Lodge. Their highlight was going clear cross country at the Badminton Grassroots Championship 2015.
Any spare time Heather and her husband have is spent touring the countryside in their classic car, an MGB or cruising on the waterways.
Susan Dolan – Trustee
“I have a lifelong love of animals in general but horses in particular and am excited to be involved with such a caring and worthwhile organisation as Bransby Horses.
“I was brought up in Scotland, where I studied medicine at Glasgow University and have been working as a GP in N Nottingham for the last nine years. Prior to that I held various hospital posts and, as well as my clinical work, I have been Medical Advisor to a Charity involved in supporting families who have a child with a rare degenerative genetic condition. I have also sat on an Ethics Committee for consideration of IVF cases. In the practice, my roles include Safeguarding and managing Staff issues.
“I have two grown up daughters and enjoy riding in my spare time. I am particularly interested in the Health and Welfare side at Bransby Horses and hope that my experience in this area will be of value to the Charity in my role as a Trustee.”