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Racing Today

The British Horseracing Authority Board meets on a monthly basis, and is among the most independent of its kind in British sport.

The Board is comprised of the Chairman and Chief Executive, two Independent Regulatory Directors, three Independent Directors and two Member Nominee Directors, one nominated by the Racecourse Association, the other by the Racehorse Owners Association, Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Licensed Personnel.

The Board and Executive are comprised as follows:

Steve Harman
Paul Bittar
Morag Gray
Justin Wadham
Nicholas Jones
Ben Gunn
Andrew Merriam
Bill Farnsworth
Mark Johnston

Appointed by
Chief Executive
Independent Director
Independent Director
Independent Director
Independent Regulatory Director
Independent Regulatory Director
Member Nominee Director - Racecourse Association
Member Nominee Director - Racehorse Owners Association, Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and Licensed Personnel

Paul Bittar
Jamie Stier
Ruth Quinn
Adam Brickell
Will Lambe

Chief Executive
Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation
Director of Racing
Director of Integrity, Legal and Risk
Director of Public Affairs and Policy


Steve Harman

Steve Harman - Chairman
Steve Harman became Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority in July 2013, having previously served as a Vice President at Royal Dutch Shell.

Born and raised in Durham, Steve was educated at Durham University (BA Hons) and Warwick University Business School (MBA) before embarking on a highly successful career in the oil and gas industry. From 1980 onwards, Steve worked for Royal Dutch Shell in positions across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Between 1999 and 2004 he was CEO of Shell Marine before becoming CEO of Pennzoil between 2005 and 2009. He has extensive experience of dealing with multiple stakeholders and government organisations, and has sat on various corporate Boards whilst holding a variety of executive and non-executive positions in the UK, America and Asia.

Steve has been a keen racehorse owner for over 20 years – both on the Flat and over Jumps – mostly in small partnerships with a variety of trainers. He currently has horses in training with Martin Keighley and Philip Hobbs, plus various shares in Flat horses through Thurloe Thoroughbreds and Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, as well as with John Hammond in France.

Steve is also a Director and Trustee of Help for Heroes, a Member of Durham University Council, and a supporter and mentor to a number of small business start-ups.

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Paul Bittar - Chief Executive
Paul Bittar joined the British Horseracing Authority as Chief Executive in January 2012.

He was born and raised in Australia. He is a qualified accountant and has worked in racing management since 2000, where he had four years as Commercial Manager at Racing New South Wales. In 2004/5 he worked in Great Britain as Project Manager at one of the Authority's predecessors, the British Horseracing Board (BHB), after which he was recruited as Chief Executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.

He worked in New Zealand until 2009, during which time he successfully re-structured NZTR whilst delivering a significant expansion of both the racing calendar and international broadcast of New Zealand racing in conjunction with the New Zealand TAB and leading totalisator operator Tabcorp. In 2009, he joined Racing Victoria in the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer, with responsibility for areas including media and broadcast rights, relations with the betting industry, industry funding and planning.

Morag Gray Morag Gray - Independent Director
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.

Justin Wadham

Justin Wadham - Independent Director
Justin Wadham graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1977 and qualified as a solicitor with the City firm of Norton Rose in 1979. In 1985 he moved to Newmarket and practised there before joining David Minton Bloodstock where he became a Director. He then moved to Darley Stud Management and became Managing Director. In the 1990s, he was Chairman of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents GB Limited and was the Bloodstock Agents' representative on the BHB Industry Committee.

In 1998 he returned to private practice as a solicitor in Newmarket and currently practises in Newmarket with Edmondson Hall. His practice has a heavy horseracing and thoroughbred industry orientation. He is a member of the ROA Council.

Justin is married to the trainer Lucy Wadham whom he met whilst they were both riding in point - to - points in the early 1980s.

Nicholas Jones

Nicholas Jones - Independent Director
Nicholas Jones is a Steward of the Jockey Club and owns Coln Valley Stud near Cirencester where he has nine mares and also several horses in training. He was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of investment bank Lazard until June 2010; Chairman of The National Stud from 1991 to 2000 and until May 2010 he was the senior Independent Director and Deputy Chairman of Ladbrokes plc as well as Independent Director of both Candover Investments plc and Newbury Racecourse plc.

Ben Gunn

Ben Gunn - Independent Regulatory Director
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 was previously a Commissioner of the Gambling Commission.

A keen supporter of all sports, he has had a lifelong interest in horseracing, rugby, cricket and boxing.

Andrew Merriam

Andrew Merriam - Independent Regulatory Director
Andrew Merriam is Chairman of his family company, a West Country-based building supplies business, and a director of a number of other companies, including Fakenham Racecourse.

Currently Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority's Stewarding and Disciplinary Policy Committee, he was previously Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel and a member of the Regulatory Committee. He has acted as a racecourse steward at Newmarket, Cheltenham, Fakenham, Southwell and Yarmouth.

Andrew Merriam was elected to The Jockey Club in 1997. He is Chairman of Jockey Club Estates and was appointed a Steward, for the second time, in 2008.

Andrew owns and breeds National Hunt horses to race Under Rules and in Point to Points

Bill Farnsworth

Bill Farnsworth - Member Nominee Director - Racecourse Association
Bill Farnsworth studied Agriculture at Harper Adams Agricultural College and Business Studies at Hull University. He started working in racing as the Clerk of the Course at Hamilton Park Racecourse in 1995. In 1999 he moved East to become the General Manager at Musselburgh Racecourse, close to Edinburgh.

During his tenure at Musselburgh Bill has represented the Independent Racecourses on the Racecourse Association’s (RCA) Technical Group (also representing the RCA on the BHA Racecourse Committee), the RCA Race Planning Group and the RCA Fixtures Advisory Group.

Bill was also a Director on the RCA Board since 2006, from which he stood down upon joining the BHA board. He has been a Director of Racecourse Media Group Ltd (Racing UK) and Racecourse Media Services Ltd since their inception in 2004. His interest in racing was ignited by Point to Pointing and working for racehorse trainer, Mick Easterby, during University.

Mark JohnstonMark Johnston - Member Nominee Director - Horsemen's Group
Mark Johnston is well known as one of the country’s leading flat trainers. He is also a veterinary surgeon by profession, having qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1983 and he worked in general practice for three years before obtaining a licence to train. His interests and involvement stretch into all aspects of horseracing with him currently holding a post as a director of Hamilton Park and his company, Mark Johnston Racing Limited, as well as owning mares, young-stock, and horses in training. He has written on a variety of racing’s issues over many years for The Sporting Life, The Racing Post, The Times, Horse and Hound, and now his own monthly magazine, Kingsley Klarion.


Jamie Stier

Jamie Stier - Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation
With 25 years in the racing industry Jamie has split his career between Australia and Hong Kong, having started as a Cadet Stipendiary Steward to become the Chief Stipendiary Steward at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

After a total of thirteen years within Racing New South Wales and its predecessor as the principal racing authority, the Australian Jockey Club, he moved to Hong Kong to take on a role as Stipendiary Steward. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Stipendiary Steward, with ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the integrity of racing. He also managed the Licensing department.

His area of accountability included the supervision of all race meetings on behalf of the club, including the HKJC’s use of technology in stewarding and wider integrity roles, the implementation of a training regime for new Stipendiary Stewards and safety on the racecourse. He was also the primary spokesperson on all related issues. Jamie has also served on International and Asian Racing Federation committees and working groups.

After leaving the HKJC full time in 2009, he took up a consultancy position to advise the Club on strategic plans to revitalise the sport, as well as plans to develop a large scale training centre in China. Jamie joined the BHA in March 2010.

Ruth Quinn - Director of Racing
Ruth Quinn was appointed the British Horseracing Board’s Racing Director in January 2003. She was previously Controller of Programmes and Head of the Racing Department, of which she was a key member from 1993.

An avid racegoer and keen rider, she enjoys working closely with and bringing on young horses.

Adam Brickell - Director of Integrity, Risk and Legal
Adam is a qualified solicitor who joined the BHA in February 2009 on a client secondment from DLA Piper. He had previously spent four years in DLA's Media and Sports Group, working on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, for a variety of clients in the sports industry.

In January 2010, Adam was offered a permanent post with the BHA as Legal Affairs Manager and Company Secretary. His responsibilities included providing advice on general legal issues, corporate governance, contractual, intellectual property and commercial matters. He was subsequently promoted to Head of Legal and Compliance, with his remit extending to cover the BHA's entire legal function, including Compliance matters such as the presentation of cases before the Disciplinary Panel in relation to breaches of the Rules of Racing in areas such as betting related corruption, doping and medication control, equine welfare, and suitability.

In December 2012, Adam was appointed Director of Integrity, Legal and Risk, and he now has primary responsibility for all aspects of integrity, legal, compliance, licensing, racecourse, point-to-point and medical.

Will Lambe - Director of Public Affairs and Policy
Will was appointed as Director of Public Affairs and Policy in March 2013, and leads on Government and Parliamentary liaison for the sport, as well as having broader responsibility for BHA's Communications, External Affairs and Policy development.

He joined the then British Horseracing Board as Communications Executive in 2003, performing a range of roles in the following years, including as spokesperson for the governing body. He took part in the sport's Graduate Development Programme in 2001, and also gained experience in Racing journalism and across different racecourses and racecourse groups.

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