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BHA announces reshuffle of key senior personnel

25 June 2015

THE BHA’s executive is set for a reshuffle, with the creation of new positions and new roles for members of the existing team, following a review carried out by chief executive Nick Rust. One of the new jobs will be a director of racing and operations who will assume responsibility for the key areas of the fixture list and race planning, along with other areas such as handicapping and the management of the BHA’s relationship with Weatherbys. The role takes on some of t he responsibilities originally envisaged for the director of strategy, which was advertised by the BHA last year. The current director of racing Ruth Quinn is to become director o f international racing and racing development from July 1, understood to be at her own request. 

She is tasked with maintaining Britain’s position at the top table of international racing and liaising with overseas jurisdictions and investors along with overseeing areas such as development of the Pattern. Other responsibilities originally intended for the strategy director will come under the supervision of director of public affairs and policy Will Lambe, who is to become director of corporate affairs. He will retain responsibility for leading and coordinating the sport’s government relations, with focus on the horserace betting right, and will also work closely with Rust on the development of industry strategy matters under the proposed Members Agreement. The second new role will be that of director of communications. 

The media manager position held by Robin Mounsey is set to continue as the primary spokesperson for t he organisation. Headhunters Nolan Partners, who have been involved in the recruitment of a number of key BHA positions, have been brought in to find candidates for the two new roles. Rust said: “We are in a pivotal period for the sport, and by extension the BHA as its governing and regulatory body. It remains a privilege to lead this organisation, and I am clear that we exist to deliver for and on behalf of British racing. “We are close to finalising our own strategic objectives and associated business plan for the next 18 months to complement the work under way on the industry’s strategy for growth and, just as importantly, align with the proposed way of working under the forthcoming Members Agreement.

 “Working closely with my executive colleagues, and on the back of an induction that has taken me to all corners of this sport, I have had the opportunity to identify what I believe is the best structure to enable us to command the confidence of our member organisations as well as the varied customers of British racing. “As is the case across the industry, there are lots of capable and passionate people within the BHA ambitious for this sport.” In another change, medical matters will transfer to director of raceday operations and regulation Jamie Stier to allow Adam Brickell to concentrate on the review of the integrity departm

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