11 Feb 2010 Pre-2014 Releases

The British Horseracing Authority has today announced changes to its Executive team brought about by the retirements of both Tony Goodhew and Jon Ryan during 2010.

Tony, who joined the Jockey Club in 1990, will be leaving the Authority in July. The role of director of Raceday Operations and Regulation, which includes responsibility for Racecourse licensing, standards and inspection, Rules, Stewarding, Starters, Clerks and Judges, the Raceday Disciplinary processes, and the Medical team, will be taken on by Jamie Stier, who joins the Authority having previously been Chief Stipendiary Steward for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Jon will be leaving at the end of April, after more than two years with the Authority. During this time he oversaw the Communications team, including the Racing Promotions Group which subsequently turned into Racing for Change. Paul Struthers, currently Media Relations Manager, is to take on the role of Head of Communications, and will work alongside Nick Attenborough who was appointed by Racing for Change to look after Consumer PR at the end of last year.

For further information please contact Paul Struthers, Media Relations Manager, on 020 7152 0166 or 07966 590105.

Notes for Editors:

Jamie Stier – Background

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.

Jamie, 46, has been around horses all his life, starting on the family farm in Australia. 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. As part of his responsibilities he supervised Jockeys’ training where he was responsible for the selection of appropriate candidates and oversaw all aspects of professional development. He also managed the Licensing Department, and played a key role in complete revision and rewriting of Hong Kong’s Rules of Racing in 2000, and implemented new starting gates and drug testing regimes.

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 last year, 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.