BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2010
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE ENTRUSTED WITH RUNNING BRITISH HORSERACING
Paul Roy founded NewSmith Capital Partners, an independent investment management firm, in 2003, having spent over 30 years in the investment banking and securities industry. He was previously Chief Executive of Smith New Court plc and following a merger in 1995 joined Merrill Lynch. Having been head of Merrill Lynch Global Equities division from 1999 to 2001, he subsequently became co-President of its Global Markets and Investment Banking Division, with responsibility for Merrill Lynch's worldwide Investment Banking, Debt and Equity Markets businesses. He is a keen racehorse owner, with twelve horses in training, all but one with Jeremy Noseda. The other, Dutch Art, is with Peter Chapple-Hyam. He also has a small breeding operation with the first crop of two-year-olds having raced in 2006. He is also non-executive director of Benfield plc and Vice President of the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital.
Nic Coward - Chief Executive - Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Nic Coward was appointed as Chief Executive-designate of the British Horseracing Authority in November 2006, and assumed the role of Chief Executive of both the British Horseracing Board and the Horseracing Regulatory Authority in February 2007. He had previously spent ten years with the FA, having joined in 1994 as its first solicitor from City Law firm Freshfields. He became Corporate and Legal Affairs Director, and was also joint Acting CEO for almost two years. He left the FA in 2004 to join public affairs consultancy AS Biss & Co, where he was Deputy Chairman and he advised major national and international sports bodies. He was also an adviser to the board of the FA Premier League, concentrating on regulatory and media rights issues. He has also been a non-executive director of the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel, Honorary Treasurer of the Central Council for Physical Recreation, and the first chair of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition. His family own and breed a small number of racehorses.
Toby Balding - Bloodhorse Literate - Member Nominee Director.
Toby Balding retired as a racehorse trainer in 2004, after a 48 year career which saw him train over 2000 winners, including successes in the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle. For over 40 years he has worked on behalf of trainers and racing, negotiating improvement on a wide range of issues including stable staff welfare and pension schemes. He was Chairman of the National Hunt board of the National Trainers Federation (NTF) from 1960 to 2004, President of the NTF from 2003 to 2004 and was elected an Honorary Member of the Jockey Club in 2005. He has been on the ROA Council since 1995 and is an advisor to the council of the NTF Race Planning Committee.
John Bridgeman – Bloodhorse Illiterate -Independent Regulatory Director.
John Bridgeman CBE joined the Regulatory Board of the Jockey Club in 2004, became its Chairman in 2005 and then the first Chairman of the Horseracing Regulatory Authority in 2006. His longstanding involvement in Better Regulation began as a part-time member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in 1990. He went on to serve as Director General of the Office of Fair Trading where he took a particular interest in consumer affairs and competition policy in the sporting, gambling and broadcasting sectors. This involved working with sports’ governing bodies, other government agencies and broadcasters in this country and in Europe and in Football, Rugby, Cricket, Golf and F1 Racing as well as Horseracing.
A graduate in Chemistry from the University of Wales, John has become actively involved in the forensic side of Horseracing Integrity by recently launching a far-reaching enquiry into the counter-analysis regime for racecourse specimens. John Bridgeman was also involved in a major OFT investigations into Gambling, Competitions and Prize Draws (1996) and subsequently into the availability of competition for High Street betting shops (1998) and into the market of London Casinos (2000).
Morag Gray – Independent Director - Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Morag Gray started her career in the racing industry in 1988 when she became the first female Clerk of the Course in Britain (at Ayr and Hamilton Park). She then spent 10 years at the Racecourse Association, latterly as Racing Director. During that time she served on numerous British Horseracing Board committees, including Race Planning. She was also a founder member of the National Joint Pitch Council. From 2000 to 2004 she was Chief Executive of Hamilton Park Racecourse. She currently runs her own business, Black and White Communication (Scotland) Limited, based in Edinburgh. She was awarded an MBE for services to Racing in 2005. She and her partner, Angus Crichton-Miller, have horses in training with Susan Bradburne and Ian Semple.
Ben Gunn – Independent Regulatory Director - Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Ben Gunn CBE was a career detective who spent 26 years in the Metropolitan Police Special Branch dealing with counter-terrorism, subversion and Security issues. From January 1994 until his retirement in 2002 he was Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire. Since 2002 he has served a number of roles in racing including membership of the Integrity Review Committee and, in 2003, chairing the joint British Horseracing Board-Jockey Club Security Review which made 36 key recommendations to enhance the integrity of horseracing in Great Britain, and also had a special responsibility for Security issues within the regulatory function of the Horseracing Regulatory Authority. He has a law degree from Cambridge University, and is also a Commissioner of the Gambling Commission. A keen supporter of all sports, he has had a lifelong interest in horseracing, rugby, cricket and boxing
Jim McGrath - Bloodhorse Illiterate - Independent Director - .
Jim McGrath was Managing Director of the Timeform Organisation, which he joined after leaving school in 1974, until 2009. A member of the Channel 4 Racing team, he has worked regularly on racing television since 1981. He was a member of the British Horseracing Board’s Jump Racing Advisory Panel from 1993 until mid-2004 and also in 2004 he stepped down after a lengthy spell as a member of the Horserace Writers and Photographers’ Association Committee. He is a successful breeder and owner with current interests in horses in training with Sylvester Kirk, Jamie Osborne and Jonjo O’Neill.
RACING FOR CHANGE BOARD
Chris McFadden - Bloodhorse Illiterate. Chairman of REL and the Racing for Change Board, said: "Racing for Change will be led by Racing Enterprises Limited, but the project board is made up of those parts of the industry who can actually deliver the changes. Key to our work will be appointment to the Board of two people with a strong consumer industry background. these non-executive appointments are expected to be announced later in the year.
Nic Coward - Bloodhorse Illiterate - Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority said "The creation of the Racing for Change project board is an importaint step forward. The success of this project depends on all parts of the industry working together to bring about much needed change.
"Recent news on the downturn in Levy income highlights the urgency required to address aspects of our industry's structure and to question some of the stratergies we currently persue. If we want to succeed we have to demonstrate the collective courage to cope with some challenging moments along the way - an inevitable part of the change process."
Rod Street - Bloodhorse Illiterate - Project director for REL and Racing for Change said "The scale of the task is enormous, especially when one considers how many composite parts make up what we call the racing and breeding industry. It is folly to think we will agree on everything but, as demonstrated by feedback from the road shows we hosted all over Britain we have an army of positive people who want to help us move things forward."
Chris McFadden (REL Chairman) Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Stephen Smith, Horsemen's Group and Racehorse Owners Association Council Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Simon Bazalgette, Chief Executive, the Jockey Club. Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Tony Kelly, Group Managing Director, Northern Racing. Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Ian Barlow, Chairman Racecourse Association. Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Nic Coward, Chief Executive, British Horseracing Authority. Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Douglas Erskine - Crum, Chief Executive, Levy Board. Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Wilf Walsh - Indipendent Director (formerly MD of Gala Coral) Bloodhorse Illiterate.
One new non-executive member to be appointed.
J. Margaret Clarke reports for Turfcall.
As can be seen very nearly all these people, as stated above, are Bloodhorse Illiterate. Therefore there is no true balance whatsoever within the British Horseracing Authority or Racing for Change. This pradicament cannot and must not be allowed to go on.
Firstly here needs to be two proven top professional horsemen/horsewomen to work upsides both Paul Roy, and Nic Coward to ensure the true balance is addressed and upheld, and all the issues attempted are balanced properly in the true perspective of what this sport is actually all about. This needs to be the case also where relevent, throughout all departments, especially in both regulation, disiplinary and Weatherbys.