The British Horseracing Association (BHA) have announced the appointment of six new non executive directors to its board, with a view to help the associations governance and future racing growth strategy.
The new non executive directors, who have been appointed for three-year terms from December 1, are: Atholl Duncan, an experienced non-executive director in sports organisations, Julie Harrington, who spent eight years with Northern Racing, Noel Harwerth, former breeder and former member of the Tote Board, Joe Saumarez Smith, CEO of Sports Gaming Ltd, Laura Whyte, former HR director for John Lewis and Eamonn Wilmott, founder & MD of Horses First Racing.
Steve Harman, Chairman of BHA, said “This is the start of a new chapter for the BHA Board and the next step in its evolution as a governing and regulatory body.
“As seen in our recent Chief Executive appointment process, this Board recruitment attracted some amazingly talented people, and many of those who were not successful have promised to help racing in other ways over the coming months and years.
“The new appointments mean that there will be a significant broadening and deepening of the expertise around the BHA Board table. This includes media and government relations, individuals with entrepreneurial, investor, financial and betting backgrounds, good regulatory knowledge and considerable training, development and welfare experience.”
BHA utilised specialist sports executive search firm Sports Recruitment International to aid its director selection and search process.