James Halley will join BHB as Finance Director next month, as the Board continues to prepare for the assumption of key additional commercial responsibilities. Halley, who will turn 36 before taking up his position on 17th September, will report to Managing Director Chris Reynolds.
BHB Chairman Peter Savill said today: “The Board is delighted to secure the services of James and is confident that he will make a major contribution to the development of BHB’s commercial and financial activities. His love of horseracing will be an added advantage in getting to grips quickly with his brief at this key time for both BHB and British racing.”
Halley commented: “I am very excited to have the opportunity to play a part at the centre of racing during a period of enormous change. New skills are needed to maximise the revenue from its rights and to create the best structures for its development. I hope that my professional background will stand me in good stead and I am greatly looking forward to working with all the BHB team.”
James Halley was born in Waterford, Ireland, where his father was a farmer. He was educated at De La Salle College and Waterford Regional College. He joined Ernst & Young in Waterford as a trainee accountant in 1984 and, after completing his Articles, moved to Arthur Andersen’s London office in 1988. He was appointed a Partner in the Financial Markets Division in 1996.
In 1998 he was appointed Finance Director by Guardian Royal Exchange in Dublin. When, later that year, the business was acquired by AXA he assumed additional responsibility for the company’s reinsurance management and internal audit functions as well as the group’s reinsurance operation in the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin.
In 2000 he joined Xelector, a fledgling internet company offering comparison shopping facilities for financial services and utilities throughout Europe, as Chief Financial Officer, before taking up his current appointment earlier this year as a consultant at Macleod Phillips in London. The firm provides turnaround management and restructuring services to troubled companies.
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