09 Mar 2005 Pre-2014 Releases

Jockey Club Appoint Paul Struthers As Public Relations Manager

Published: 9 March 2005

Paul Struthers has been appointed Public Relations Manager and will succeed John Maxse as spokesman for racing’s regulatory authority. Currently BHB’s Industry Marketing Manager, Paul will transfer to the Jockey Club’s Public Relations Department next month prior to taking on the full responsibilities of the role from 1st May.

Paul worked for Ladbrokes whilst obtaining his degree in English and Media Studies, and was subsequently a betting shop manager for two years following his graduation. After spending three years as a project manager for a Training and Enterprise Council, he joined the British Horseracing Board as Ownership Marketing Executive in 2001.

In August 2002 he was promoted to Industry Marketing Manager, with responsibility for the marketing of ownership and British-bred bloodstock and sales, as well as overseeing the VAT and Sponsorship Scheme for Racehorse Owners. Amongst other activities, he has represented BHB at all major British sales for the last two years and was instrumental in the successful launch of the currently suspended BHB Owners’ Premiums Scheme.

Christopher Foster, Executive Director of the Jockey Club said: “We are delighted that Paul is joining us and we are looking forward to working with him. His communication skills allied to his detailed knowledge of the racing industry marked him out as the best equipped applicant for the role. Once he has settled in he will be responsible for communicating to the public and media the decisions and policies which relate to the regulation of racing.”

Chris John, Marketing Director of the BHB said: “Over the last three years, Paul has played a vital role in developing and implementing innovative and successful marketing campaigns for ownership and bloodstock. He has formed strong personal bonds within BHB and leaves behind the legacy of an excellent Industry marketing team. Paul has also become a highly valued member of the senior management team, and whilst we are delighted that he will not be far away, his contribution will be sorely missed. We wish him the very best of luck in this exciting role.”

9th March 2005

Notes for Editors:

1. The Jockey Club’s decision to transfer its regulatory responsibilities to the Horseracing Regulatory Authority was intended to take effect from 1st January 2005. However, due to uncertainty over the nature of the future funding of racing following the ECJ judgement in the BHB / William Hill case the necessary financial guarantees have yet to be obtained.

2. As previously announced. John Maxse will be taking on the new position of Director of Communications and Special Projects on behalf of the Jockey Club’s non-regulatory activities.