The Board of Directors

Christie Freeman - Chair

Christie has a corporate background that includes experience in change management, Six Sigma process improvement, marketing and general management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as Graduate Diplomas in Management and Psychology.  She understands our sport from participating as a volunteer, administrator, breeder and competitor and has also recently been the chair of Equestrian Victoria.  Currently, she is a Jumping competitor with her homebred mare 'Quevida', though she started out in Eventing. 

Zac Miles

Zac has had extensive experience in governance roles, particularly in membership- based organisations and elected bodies. Zac has been around horses since he was young, having been a competitive showjumper until an accident at the EKKA cut his career short. He continues to be involved in horse care and training, as well as helping to manage equestrian facilities and apparel company EMCEE.

Zac is currently serving as Mayor of Hunters Hill and as the Senior Investment Manager of an Australian Financial Services Licence holding property debt fund (WholeCap). He brings a deep understanding of Equestrian Sports and a focus on good governance- improving both the administration and the growth of Equestrian Sports in Australia.

Lucy Galovicova

Lucy is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of experience in public practice, litigation and forensic accounting. 

With extensive experience in the sport of equestrian Lucy is well positioned to leverage her unique skillset to lead EA through the next stage of reform. 

Jane Ballantyne

Jane is a Business Executive and Sports Administrator with over 20 years of leadership, management and private consulting experience with leading brands and organisations, specialising in customer led growth.

Jane has held senior marketing, communications and commercial positions with Racing Victoria, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Australian Football League, Nike and News Corporation.

Jane grew up in South-West Victoria, attended Portland Pony Club and competed extensively across show riding and eventing. 

Stephanie Lyons

Stephanie is responsible for overseeing the investment risk processes at Rest Super. 

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (German), is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of Harvard Business School (General Management Program). For more information on Stephanie's experience visit her Linkedin profile HERE.

“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.” 

Chris Bennecke

 

Chris has a corporate background in interim management, governance, risk management, internal audit, and corporate finance. His qualifications include Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance.

He currently holds directorships in a manufacturing and retailing company and a not-for-profit organisation.

Chris’ main focus is on organisational strategy, assessment of risks and opportunities, robustness of policies, and financial management.

His passion for the equestrian world is based on a 20 year competitive and successful career in Germany, where he grew up (including 5 years in Lower Saxony's squad for show jumping).

Chris is a strong advocate of 'clean and fair sports', promoting the health and safety of every creature in any sport.

 

Rhett Oliver

Rhett brings to the Board a wealth of experience in equestrian sports through 30 years as a showjumping competitor and breeder.  Rhett lives in Victoria and continues to compete in showjumping.   Rhett's wife is a competitive dressage rider and coach, and his three young boys are also beginning to show interest in the horses.

Outside of the sport Rhett is the National Head of Property and Development at law firm Colin, Biggers & Paisley.  With over 20 years' experience advising some of Australia's largest private and corporate property developers on all aspects of their operations, Rhett brings to the Board a sharp commercial lens and business perspective combined with a deep understanding of risk.  

David Shoobridge  

David Shoobridge brings a wealth of equine industry experience and expertise to his recent appointment to the board of Equestrian Australia with a background of over 20 years in the equestrian industry as a rider, coach, parent, volunteer and breeder. 

As a High Performance dressage rider and breeder and Level 2 Dressage coach, David has achieved success at both Grand Prix and grass roots. With the international Grand Prix stallion OO Seven, David reached an FEI World Ranking of 85.  Now, partnered with his home-bred stallion Vittorio, he won the Novice Champion 2023 Australian Championships followed by Dressage and Jumping with the Stars 5yo Young Dressage Horse Champion.  

David is the founder and operator of Salisbury Dressage, a renowned breeding, riding, and training establishment known for its dedication to excellence and high standards. 

David's passion for horses and commitment to the development of the equestrian community make him a valuable addition to the board, where his insights, ideas and leadership will undoubtedly help drive positive change and growth within the organisation.

 

Maggie Hundertmark

Maggie is a Senior Banker with 28 years in senior leadership roles with experience across multiple countries and cultures, such as The Netherlands, Australia, Singapore and The Middle East. She has built a broad range career, having fulfilled senior management roles with multiple large financial institutions across the globe. 

She is a specialist in implementing change programs proven by a solid track record of successfully implemented organizational restructures and offshoring programs and a completion of a MSc (Hons) in Management Science, major in Strategy & Change Management. For more information on Maggie's experience visit her Linkedin profile HERE.

Outside of work, Maggie is an animal lover and a passionate equestrian rider. She is married to Johan and has three children (2 daughters, 1 son).

 

Board Sub-Committees

High Performance Committee (HPC)

Stephen Porter  - Independent Chair

Will Enzinger - HP Director

Nigel Nichols  - Independent Member

Hamish Cargill - Independent Member

 

Finance, Risk and Audit Committee (FRAC)

Stephanie Lyons – EA Board Director Chair

Zac Miles – EA Board Director

Rachael Phelan  - Independent Member

Marc Lopez  - Independent Member

David Mandel - Independent Member

 

Fees and Levies Committee (F&LC)

David Mandel - Independent Chair

Zac Miles – EA Board Director

Stephanie Lyons – EA Board Director

Geoff Edwards - State Representative

Veronica Steward - State Representative

Mark Lopez - Independent Member

 

Health, Safety and Welfare Committee (HSWC)

George Proimos – Chair

Christie Freeman - EA Board Chair

Lucy Galovicova – EA Board Director

Stephanie Lyons – EA Board Director

Belinda Bailey – Member

Roger Kane – Member

Linda Lewis – Member

Dr Kirsten Neil – Member (EA Head Veterinarian)

Dr Tess Goodwin – Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

 

Integrity Committee 

Will Flynn (Independent)

Ann Bonnor (Independent)

Emma Johnson (Independent)

Kaye Spence (Independent)

Lisa Baker (Sport Discipline Representative)

STATE BRANCHES