National Board

The Board of Directors

Brett Moore

Brett Moore Qualifications

Brett has held various roles in his 22-year professional career across frontline banking, enterprise strategy and delivery, human resources and industrial relations. Brett has spent five years as a Director of Athletics Victoria and eight years as a Director of the State Sports Centres Trust, including the last two years as Chair.

Brett has extensive experience across governance, government relations and commercial experience in the sporting industry and his professional career demonstrates extensive leadership experience in driving cultural and behavioural change.

Why did you choose to apply to be a member of the First Board?

“I have a passion for sport and applying my leadership to deliver better outcomes for participants. It is clear that this is a particularly challenging time for EA and I would relish the opportunity to contribute to realising the full potential of this beautiful sport.”

State Victoria

Richard Vaughan

Richard Vaughan Qualifications

Richard was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Squash Australia where through his five years he led a resurgence of the sport, increasing turnover by 140%, increasing participation rates by 40%, hosted World Championship events, and demonstrated world class success in the performance programmes by topping Commonwealth Games and World Championship medal tables.

Richard is a former Olympic badminton player, with previous successful Chief Executive Officer experience at Badminton Ireland and Digital Brand Director at the K3 Group.

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), has an MBA from Leicester University and a Master’s in Education from Bath University.

Why did you choose to apply to be a member of the First Board?

“As an Olympian I am passionate about the positive role Sport can play positively helping society through its values of excellence, respect, and friendship.

Equestrian is a great sport; it has a rich history in Australia, and I am committed to helping the sport and all its stakeholders prepare for Tokyo and beyond.”

State Queensland

Stephanie Lyons

Stephanie Lyons Qualifications

Stephanie is the Chief Risk Officer of EISS Super and is accountable for oversight of EISS Super’s risk management framework, compliance management framework, project management framework and audit program.

Stephanie previously worked with KPMG, holds a Bachelor of Commerce (German), is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of Harvard Business School (General Management Program).

Why did you choose to apply to be a member of the First Board?

“I am passionate about equestrian sports, having competed very successfully in eventing both in Ireland and Europe until I was 18. Currently as a very active sailor, having completed two Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, I understand the planning, preparation, pressure, exhilaration and of course the importance of safety when organising or being a competitor in a high-risk sport. I firmly believe in the importance of a strong organisational culture which ultimately drives success. With a clear focus on values, being an experienced professional and a lover of sport, I can help Equestrian Australia with their transitional program to deliver excellent governance and a risk managed safe sport.”

State New South Wales


Joanne Stubbs

Joanne Stubbs Qualifications

Joanne has degrees in education, computer science, a Masters in Management Technology and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a senior technology executive with over 25 years’ experience in a variety of industry sectors including that of retail, financial services, international government, and airline transport.

With previous non-executive director experience, Joanne has a strong track record of leading and managing major organisational change and business growth initiatives.

Why did you choose to apply to be a member of the First Board?

“I believe that my blend of technology, change management and governance skills combined with my 40+ years of being an EA member, competitor, show jumping judge and course builder put me in a position to be able to help guide the organisation towards a stronger and more unified future.”

State Victoria

Mark Bradley - Chair

Mark Bradley Qualifications

Mark holds qualifications in law, financial services, assessment and workplace training, strategic management and corporate governance.

He is a successful senior executive in the financial services industry having also held non-executive director roles in various national and state sporting organisation.

Prior to joining the EA Board, Mark was previously a board member of Pony Club Australia.

Mark possess strong skills in financial management, risk management, governance, stakeholder management and communications.

Why did you choose to apply to be a member of the First Board?

“I'm a passionate and enthusiastic participant, supporter, and volunteer in the equestrian sport community.

I'm personally committed to working towards achieving a level playing field for all participants, finding the right balance between building participation at grass-roots and high-performance results, the efficient use of resources and timely delivery of service to members with transparency and accountability, improving the cooperation between all horse sport organisations across Australia and optimising the safety of both riders and horses across all disciplines.

I believe my skills and experience will enable me to contribute to the work of the EA Board and the future direction of the organisation.”

State New South Wales

Athlete Director

Elizabeth Owens

Elizabeth Owens Qualifications

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, with Honours, and has been employed in technical support, sales, and management roles in the field of animal nutrition and animal production for almost 40 years. Elizabeth has served on advisory committees within RIRDC, Standards Australia and as a board member for a not-for-profit disability service provider.

As an equestrian, Elizabeth was Chef d’Equipe for dressage at 2014 World Games, is a B level judge and was previously an accredited coach. Elizabeth is an enthusiastic amateur and still competes with one horse starting at Grand Prix and a 3yo at preliminary.

Why did you choose to apply to be a member of the First Board?

“I want to be part of the solution to a sport that has given me such joy over the last 40+ years. There is so much talent and passion for equestrian within EA members – from the volunteers to the riders and officials. They deserve a cost efficient, best practice, responsive and safe organisation in which they can enjoy their sport. I would like to part of the team that builds that organization for them.”

State Queensland

Board Sub-Committees

High Performance Panel

  • Leigh Clifford - Chair
  • Chris Webb - HP Director
  • Nigel Nichols - Independent
  • Hamish Cargill - Independent
  • Elizabeth Owens - EA Board Director
  • Darren Gocher - EA CEO

Finance, Risk and Audit Committee (FRAC)

  • Steph Lyons – Chair
  • Jo Stubbs
  • Elizabeth Owens
  • Rachael Phelan
  • Richard Vaughan 
  • Marc Lopez
  • David Mandel

Fees and Levies

  • Craig Hannam
  • Geoff Edwards

National Health and Safety Committee (NHSC)

  • Mr George Proimos (VIC) – Chair
  • Mr Joel Gordon (QLD) – Member
  • Ms Belinda Bailey (NSW) – Member
  • Mr Roger Kane (VIC) – Member
  • Ms Linda Lewis (VIC) – Member
  • Ms Stephanie Lyons (NSW) – EA Board Director
  • Dr Kirsten Neil (VIC) – Member (EA Head Veterinarian)
  • Dr Tess Goodwin (VIC) – Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

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