Our Trustees

Desi Dillingham MBE (Chairman)

Desi Dillingham MBE was Founding Chair of British Dressage (1997-2007), President of the British Horse Society (2007 – 2011) and Chair of the Animal Health Trust ‘British Equestrian Awards’ 2002-2012. Her career spans all equestrian circles including having a major involvement in British breeding and playing a central role in fundraising for the Equestrian section of British Olympic Team since the 1980’s.

Andrew Dowden (Vice Chairman)

Andrew Dowden was born in Bristol and grew up in the south of the city. He has had a long career in construction and civil engineering, and has run his business Brandwells Construction Co Ltd since its formation in 1973. He now lives in North Somerset, and in his spare time Andrew enjoys golf, gardening and walking in the countryside.

John Newman

John has been a trustee of HorseWorld since 2007 and was appointed Chairman from 2009- 2020. He retired in 2006 after a career at senior and general management levels in corporate and merchant banking with mainstream UK and continental European banks and in latter years as a consultant to the commodity trading subsidiary of a major French bank. John is also a director of the charity’s trading subsidiary.

Mike Neale

Mike is Director of Assurance & Business Services at accountancy firm Smith & Williamson. He qualified with the firm in 1978 and was made a partner in 1983. He specialises in advising owner managed businesses in the small to medium sized enterprise (SME) sector. Mike acts for a diverse range of clients and his depth of knowledge allows him to advise on all aspects of the client's business and assist in the growth of the company.

Nigel Daniel

Nigel retired in 2015 from National Westminster Bank after 39 years; most recently he was a Relationship Director for large not-for-profit organisations, primarily in the Care and Educational sectors. Nigel, a Bristolian, is a non-executive Director and Treasurer for a number of Charities and other Community Bodies.

Duncan Ballard BVM&S Cert EP MRCVS

Duncan qualified from Edinburgh University in 2000. After working in equine practice in Derbyshire and Yorkshire, he moved to the Royal Veterinary College to build their equine practice. Duncan moved to the B&W Equine Group in 2006 and became a director in 2009. Duncan is based at the Failand clinic

Patti Shand

Horses have always been a large part of Patti's life since learning to ride as a child. She has owned and run livery yards and owned and looked after her own horses for the past 35 years. "I am especially honoured to be a Trustee of HorseWorld because not only is this Bristol based charity concerned with rescuing , rehoming and rehabilitating horses, it is undertaking such impressive work with disadvantaged children using horses as therapy. "

Kerry Gwyther

Kerry is a Partner in the National Law Firm TLT and is Head of its Regulatory team. Kerry advises Businesses of all shapes and sizes, Directors and Trustees on all aspects of Regulatory Compliance such as Environmental duties, Health and Safety and Corporate Governance.

Kerry has been involved with Horseworld since the 1980s as an advisor to the Board and has been involved in many of its key decisions and changes over the years. He is currently a Trustee of the main Board of HorseWorld and lives in the South West.

Annette Newman

Annette is the Managing Director of Exeter-based KOR Communications, a strategic communications consultancy which she founded in 2006 specialising in publicity, reputation management and engagement. Annette joined the HorseWorld Board of Trustees in 2017 and is proud to support this long-established charity with her professional experience and lifelong interest in horses and their therapeutic benefits .

Andrew Beasley

Andrew has spent most of his working life in the energy industry in a variety of roles including working at Director level. This has allowed Andrew to develop skills in commercial operations, strategic planning, lobbying and risk management. Outside of serving as a trustee of Horseworld Andrew has also spent 10 years as a Emergency Response volunteer with the British Red Cross. This has lead to a deep interest in helping people in all sorts of vulnerable situations and so the work at Discovery was especially attractive in helping with the future of HorseWorld. Andrew is married with 3 grown up sons and lives in North Wiltshire.

Stephen Webb

Principal Officer

Nikki Light (Director of Finance)

HorseWorld as a registered charity

You can find out more about the Charity and read our accounts on the Charity Commission website – just search for our number, 1121920.

Alternatively click here to see our latest accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020.