The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) today announced that Paul Barton has been appointed as the successor to the retiring William Nunneley in the role of Head of Stewarding.
Paul has been promoted from his position of Stipendiary Steward Manager, a position which he has filled for 11 years. In total he has been involved in officiating at racecourses for 22 years, having joined the Jockey Club as a Stewards Secretary in 1991. Prior to this Paul was a Jump Jockey for 15 years, a career which included success in the 1979 Welsh Grand National aboard Peter Scott. He will commence his duties as of Monday 25th March.
Jamie Stier, Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation for BHA, said:
“We are delighted to appoint Paul to the role of Head of Stewarding. Paul brings with him years of experience officiating at race meetings across the length and breadth of the country, and is a highly respected figure amongst officials, jockeys and trainers alike.
“The recruitment process was an extensive one which was carried out on an international basis. It is a credit to Paul that he emerged as the successful candidate after such a searching process.
“Paul has led or been involved in many of the changes to Stewarding practices in recent years, and he now has a clear mandate to bring about further change in the manner in which the Stewarding function is carried out in Britain, including ensuring there is a very clear focus on the information provided to the punter.”
Speaking about his appointment, Paul Barton added:
“I am flattered and delighted to have been offered this opportunity.
“Stewarding in Britain has developed significantly in recent years and while William will be a tough act to follow, I look forward to the challenge and the opportunity to work with Jamie to bring further improvement to the way Stewarding is managed. The Executive has a very clear view about the improvements that are needed and I’m looking forward to supporting them in driving these outcomes.”