Wharton Consulting is delighted to add David Holmes, formerly Director of Sport for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and Chief Executive of British Dressage, to its roster of consultants. David joins Wharton with immediate effect from Italy, where he has most recently held the post of Director of Sport for the Italian Equestrian Federation – serving as Team Leader / Chef d’Equipe for the Italian team in major international competition, and developing a range of strategies and systems for the development of horse sport on a cross-disciplinary basis, riders, coaches and officials.

During his time with the FEI David was responsible for liaising with the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, and the national federations of equestrian sport; creating a strategic / operational planning process; and devising a Championships Strategy for the delivery and support of the FEI’s major events. Prior to that, in his role with British Dressage, he was responsible for all matters relating to strategic planning, governance and management, including the development of the medal-winning Olympic and Paralympic programmes, as well as being a key figure in the development of the British Equestrian Federation.

Working as a consultant since April 2013, David continues to organise major games and championships on behalf of the FEI, as well as undertaking governance and strategic planning work on behalf of governing bodies of sport and a major international charitable foundation. Wharton Principal Neil Tunnicliffe said: “David is a top-quality addition to our team who more than fulfils our requirement that our consultants should have ‘been there and done it’ on the front line of national and international sports bodies. As well as strengthening our offering in the areas of governance solutions and strategic planning, David brings invaluable experience within the international arena at the highest levels of sport – as well as knowing all there is to know about horse sport. We’re delighted to have him on board, and look forward to working alongside him as he develops his portfolio.”

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