Current Directors are Mr Mark Burnell (Vic), Dr Roger Lavelle (Vic) and Mr Jamie Dowling (Vic).
Retiring Directors are Mr Kent Wells (Qld), Ms Joy Poole OAM (NSW), Mr Dan O’Dwyer (Vic), Mr Andrew Kelly (Vic).
There are seven Board positions available for a 2‐year period.
Four nominations have been received. Bios for the nominees are as follows:
Nina has experience in education, occupational health and safety and risk management and grant writing. She has extensive links with State and Federal Government. She has had experience in the horse industry in many ways: providing advice to members of the public, governments, councils and lawyers regarding issues linked to working with horses.
She is currently Horse Safe Australia’s executive officer, clinic assessor and point of contact. Horse Safety Australia provides qualifications for people teaching others to ride, whether instructing riding for beginner riders or for those wanting to improve their skills, as well as those running trail riding or clinics. The qualifications are recognised nationally for multi discipline use and are linked to the SIS10 Training Package. She is one of the chief assessors for this process.
Nina has been on the AHIC Board before, helping extensively in the EI crisis, and having a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the AHIC Code of Practice: Horsesafe.
She was involved in the development of the Safe Work Australia Guide and Safe Work NSW Code of Practice for working with people new to horses and the development of units in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package. She is trainer / assessor qualified, have a Diploma in Work Health and Safety and have had experience as an expert witness.
Nina’s personal background with horses involved running a school camp, managing all aspects of the wellbeing of up to 35 horses in a program teaching around 150,000 young people (many one timers) to ride over 40 years. This involved managing the health, nutrition and training of horses, breeding programs as well as staff training.
Julia has had over 40 years of experience in the horse industry, beginning with Pony Club as a child. She is still currently an active dressage competitor and runs her own successful equestrian business, incorporating a riding school, agistment and training centre (Balmoral Equestrian Centre). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Neuroscience and Zoology, plus a Diploma in Education from Victoria College. She is also a NCAS Level 3 Dressage Specialist Coach and Coach Educator.
She has been involved with Riding for the Disabled for many years then with Equestrian Australia as Head Coach for the para equestrian program from 2009 – 2012, and National Performance Director 2012 – 2016.
Julia has been responsible for program design for both pathways and high performance squads, planning, budget, reporting and logistics for nine international campaigns, including two Paralympic Games, two World Equestrian Games and one Olympics Games.
She is passionate about developing cooperative and collaborative relationships within and outside of the equestrian industry and looks forward to working with all members of the equestrian industry.
Larry has extensive experience within the horse industry. He has spent 55 years working in the industry, including as a breeder, competitor, judge and classifier for the Australian Stock Horse Society. He has 40 years’ experience working on Committees and Boards, as well as three years as the Australian Stock Horse Society’s representative on the Australian Horse Industry Council’s Industry Advisory Committee. Larry is currently Senior Vice Chair on the ASHS Board of Directors.
Hunter Jones has been involved in the Australian horse industry for many years.
He has held general management and executive officer roles at breed associations and sporting organisations where he has used his highly developed business, marketing and financial management skills to advance the organisations that he has worked with.
He has also developed a very broad network within the western horse industry in the United States.
Hunter has also been involved with the Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC) for many years. He has previously held the position of Director and Vice President, where he played an integral role in ministerial task forces and industry liaison during the Equine Influenza outbreak of 2007.
He has been an active member of Australian Horse Industry Council Industry Advisory Committee dealing with the industry issues at large.
Born in Dubbo, NSW, Hunter completed his schooling at James Ruse Agricultural High School and went on to study business management. He established and ran a successful artificial breeding business which serviced a number of notable clients including the University of Sydney.
Hunter has been committed to the Australian horse industry and AHIC and remains so. He believes that the AHIC is an integral part of the industry and believes in the continuation and expansion of its good work in developing relationships with government and the industry at large.
He looks forward to using his skills in the role of AHIC director.
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