Dr Pippa Bennett will take up the reins as Chief Medical Officer for the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Programme following the retirement of Dr Peter Whitehead, after 15 years’ of service.
Having previously held Chief Medical Officer roles with the England women’s football team and British Gymnastics, Dr Pippa Bennett is joining the Programme from Norwich City Football Club.
With a wealth of experience in sports medicine, and an interest in equine sport, Pippa will take up the post at the end of October and will provide support and medical care to the Olympic and Paralympic discipline Programme supported athletes.
Performance Director Gordon Burton comments; “I would like to thank Peter for his service to the Programme and our athletes; he has been a greatly valued and pivotal member of the team behind the success of Equestrian Team GBR.
“Providing world class support to our athletes on our journey to Tokyo 2020 is essential to the programme and I am delighted that Pippa will be joining the team later this month. With her experience in high performance sport, I feel confident that through Pippa and the rest of the Human Sport Science Medicine team, our athletes will be in receipt of the best year-round support to prepare them in their quest for success on the international stage.”
Peter, who has been Chief Medical Officer to the Equestrian World Class Programme’s Podium and Podium Potential squads since 2002, has supported the senior teams at World, European and Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was the venue medical manager at Greenwich Park for the London 2012 Games. He continues his role with the FEI, where he is Chair of the Medical Committee and Chair of the TUE Committee.