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Payne joins PJA to take up chairman position

17 August 2012

RACING industry veteran Nigel Payne, who spent 31 years as press officer of Aintree racecourse, will join the Professional Jockeys Association as a director and become the organisation's new chairman this autumn.

He succeeds British Champions Series and Racing Enterprises Ltd chief executive Rod Street, who left the role last year.

PJA chief executive Paul Struthers said: "I have personally worked closely with Nigel for many years and have always valued his opinions, advice and wisdom which he has gained during a career in the betting and horseracing industries spanning almost four decades. I know that he will offer the PJA, its board and our members the soundest of guidance."

Payne, who is the current chief executive of the Horseracing Sponsors Association, has also held the post of marketing director at data and pictures-provider SIS, director at the International Racing Bureau, and played a leading role in the creation of racing awards ceremony, the Lesters.

Payne said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to join the board of the Professional Jockeys Association and to become its new chairman from October.

"I am looking forward very much to working with PJA chief executive Paul Struthers and the entire board of the Association and utilising the knowledge and experience that I have gained over many years in the horse racing industry for the benefit of all jockeys."

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