BHA welcomes appointment of new Disciplinary Panel and Licensing Committee members

12 Jun 2017 Disciplinary Integrity

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today welcomed the announcement by His Honour Brian Barker C.B.E. QC of a new, enhanced Disciplinary Panel and Licensing Committee.

The appointment of the quasi-judicial panel fulfils one of the core recommendations of the recent review of the structure, composition and operation of the BHA’s Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee by Christopher Quinlan QC.

Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the BHA, said:

“Implementing in full the recommendations from the recent Integrity and Quinlan reviews remains a core priority for the BHA this year, and the appointment of this august and talented panel brings us another step closer to that objective.

“It is essential that the sport’s participants and followers continue to have confidence in our judicial system, that it is handled by the right individuals and acts with correct independence from the BHA’s regulatory functions. We aim for the BHA to be at the forefront of sporting regulation best practice and the appointment of this panel reflects a further step in this direction.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the existing members of the Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee for their long and distinguished service to the sport. In particular our thanks go to Lucinda Cavendish, the Chair of the Disciplinary Panel. Her judgement and dedication throughout the years have been an important factor in ensuring that the sport is regulated in a manner which is fair and legally sound. We are grateful for her service, and that of all the panel members.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The statement by His Honour Brian Barker C.B.E. QC, which includes full details of the 23 panel members, can be found here.