Baroness Mallalieu has been appointed as an Independent Director of the British Horseracing Board for a two-year period commencing on 1st May 2004.
Commenting on her appointment, she said today: “I am very much looking forward to joining BHB at what is widely recognised as a time of great change, but also a time when the sport has so much in its favour and is enjoying great public support. I hope that I can bring to the Board table perspectives drawn from my work in the political and legal fields and also on the rural economy, to which horseracing makes a major contribution.”
BHB Chairman Peter Savill said: “Ann Mallalieu is an eminent political figure and widely respected QC who will bring valuable experience to BHB. We are delighted that somebody of her standing should have expressed an interest in joining the Board who unanimously supported her appointment.”
1. Ann Mallalieu, QC, 58, is a Labour life peer and criminal barrister who specialises in child cases. She was the first woman President of the Cambridge Union (1967), was called to the Bar in 1970, was a Recorder from 1985 to 1993 and took silk in 1988. She was the Opposition spokesman in the House of Lords on home affairs and legal affairs from 1992 to 1997. A passionate supporter of country sports, she has been President of the Countryside Alliance since 1998. She and her husband Sir Timothy Cassel, QC are regular racegoers and have shares in a racehorse in training with Lady Ann Herries.
2. The current Independent BHB Board members (appointed by the Board itself) are Peter Savill and Martin Broughton. BHB’s present constitution allows for the appointment of two Independents (inclusive of the Chairman). The four BHB Shareholders agreed to a temporary amendment to this provision to allow an additional Independent Director to be appointed in anticipation of the vacancy created when Martin Broughton takes up the BHB Chairmanship on the retirement of Peter Savill on 30 June 2004.