15 Dec 2003 Pre-2014 Releases

Election of Two New Jockey Club Members and Appointments For 2004

Published: 15 December 2003

Jockey Club Press Office


The following were elected Ordinary Members of the Jockey Club at a meeting of the Jockey Club on 15th December:

Nigel Elwes

Following a career in the City, Nigel Elwes, 62, became a farmer and thoroughbred breeder. He has served on the council of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association from 1995 and was its Chairman from 1995 to January 2003. He is Chairman of Racing Welfare and a trustee of both the British Racing School and the British European Breeders Fund. He is a Member of the Sandown and Kempton Park Race Committees.

He and his wife Carolyn, in addition to their breeding operation, have horses in training with John Dunlop and James Fanshawe.

Compton Hellyer

Compton Hellyer, 57, is best known as Chairman of Sporting Index, a spread betting company he founded in April 1992.

Compton has served as a Racecourse Steward at Warwick and Kempton, and has had shares in many racehorses, most notably Docklands Express, twice the winner of the Racing Post Chase and winner of the Whitbread Gold Cup. He has recently been appointed Chairman of the Thurloe Thoroughbreds, the successful racehorse syndication group.


The following appointments for 2004 were also confirmed.


Julian Richmond-Watson Senior Steward
Sir Michael Connell Deputy Senior Steward
Mark Davies
Earl of Halifax
Andrew Merriam
Michael Henriques

Sir Michael Connell has been elected as Deputy Senior Steward to succeed David Oldrey. Sir Michael, a High Court Judge, has previously served on the Disciplinary Panel, the Appeal Board and the Integrity Review Committee. He has also been appointed to succeed David Oldrey as a Jockey Club-appointed Director on the BHB Board.

The Jockey Club-appointed Directors of BHB, from 2004, are therefore:

Julian Richmond-Watson, Nigel Clark and Sir Michael Connell.


Julian Richmond-Watson – Senior Steward & Chairman
Mark Davies – Racecourse Steward
Earl of Halifax – Regulatory Steward
Andrew Merriam – Disciplinary Steward
Michael Henriques – Licensing Steward
Christopher Foster – Executive Director
Tony Goodhew – Director, Racecourse Licensing & Standards
Malcolm Wallace – Director of Regulation
Dr Peter Webbon – Director of Veterinary Science and Welfare
Paul Scotney – Director of Security
John Maxse – Director of Public Relations


Disciplinary Panel

Andrew Merriam Chairman
The Earl of Halifax (Peter) Joint Deputy Chairman
Tim Bell Joint Deputy Chairman
Nicholas Wrigley
John Wallinger
Jeremy Philips
Lord Rathcreedan (Christopher) }
Jane Gillies }
Nick Nutting from 1/7/04 } non Jockey Club Members
Stephen Allday from 1/7/04 }

Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan and William Bethell step down from the panel. Tim Bell becomes a Deputy Chairman and Jeremy Philips, Christopher Rathcreedan, Jane Gillies, Nick Nutting and Stephen Allday join the panel.

The increase in the size of the Panel with the addition of four non-Jockey Club Members (two in January, another two in July), utilizes the vast experience of racecourse stewards who are not Jockey Club Members and gives the Panel more flexibility in staging enquiries. Between them, the five new additions to the Disciplinary Panel have more than 100 years racecourse stewarding experience and all are qualified as chairmen for racecourse panels, both on the Flat and over jumps.

Appeal Board

The Hon Sir Edward Cazalet }
Bruce Blair QC } Independent chairmen
Richard Hartley QC }
Viscount Allendale
Chris Collins
Christopher Hall
Anthony Mildmay-White
John Rose
Michael Wates
Fiona Whitaker

The Hon Sir Edward Cazalet, Bruce Blair QC and Richard Hartley QC are the independent members of the Appeal Board. One of these three non-Jockey Club members chairs each hearing accompanied by two members drawn from those listed above.

Licensing Committee

Michael Henriques Chairman
Charles Lloyd-Baker
Mike Felton
Julia Scott
Charlie Wilson

Michael Henriques was appointed Chairman earlier this year following the death of Lord McGowan. Fiona Whitaker stands down from the Committee to be replaced by Charlie Wilson.

15th December 2003