Commenting on today’s Racing Post article regarding the BHB Board, BHB Communications Manager Alan Delmonte said:
“It is important to be clear about what BHB is considering. We are looking in wide-ranging terms at the most effective ways of ensuring that the views of the sport’s customers – including punters – can increasingly be factored into the decision-making process.
“There has been no agreement to ‘give punters representation at BHB Board level’, as was stated in the Racing Post. A key principle of the Board’s restructuring is to reduce the number of Board members who are appointees of organisations or sectors, while increasing independent representation.
“An area being looked at is the role of the additional independent director, who will join the Board later in the year. One option is that the individual being sought would have a broad consumer background with horseracing and betting knowledge and could offer an additional perspective. This does not mean that they would be there to consider issues from the point of view of punters, or of any one group, but that their particular experience would enable them to bring an extra dimension to Board discussions.”