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New BHA chairman Harman relishing role

21 March 2013

NEW BHA chairman Steve Harman has spoken of his excitement at replacing Paul Roy, saying he cannot wait to get started in playing a central role in one of the "world's great sports".



Steve Harman:

Steve Harman: an owner for more than 20 years


Harman, 56, is a vice-president of Shell and will take up his new role in July.

The news of his appointment was broken by the Racing Post on Wednesday night and he takes over from Roy, who has served as chairman of the BHA for six years.

An owner on the Flat and over jumps for more than 20 years, Harman said on Thursday: "I am extremely excited about this opportunity, and the chance to play a central role in what I consider to be one of the world's great sports.

"My love of horseracing has been with me throughout my adult life and I have a firm belief that we can make British racing even greater, building on its international reputation for quality and integrity and using its assets to take an increased share of the growing leisure market."

Harman, described by Roy as having an impressive track record, added: "I am positive about the sport's future and cannot wait to get started in the role. However, existing commitments over the coming months will preclude me from being able to devote sufficient time and energy to the role so the BHA Board have kindly allowed me to wait until July before formally taking on the chairmanship.

"In the meantime, I will immediately seek to develop constructive relationships right across British racing, and look forward to supporting the work of the BHA board, and its executive led by Paul Bittar."

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