Rupert Arnold appointed as Member Nominee Director to BHA Board from Horsemen

22 Jan 2015 Financial/Political

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today confirmed the appointment of Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive of the National Trainers Federation (NTF), as a Member Nominee Director for a 12 month term.

Arnold was nominated by the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and Licensed Personnel, comprised of the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), National Trainers Federation (NTF) and National Association of Stable Staff (NASS). His appointment is with immediate effect and completes the makeup of the new Board.

BHA Chairman Steve Harman said:

“Rupert brings with him a very relevant set of skills and has been – and will be – a key sounding board and counsel around matters affecting horsemen, and others, during this transitional period.”

Rupert Arnold said:

“The BHA Board is undergoing a significant transition and it will be vital for the new Non-Executive Directors to have access to the practitioner knowledge base. I welcome the opportunity to provide that experience over the next 12 months on behalf of the horsemen members of the BHA – the Licensed Personnel, ROA and TBA.”


Rupert Arnold has been the Chief Executive of the National Trainers Federation, the representative body for licensed racehorse trainers in Great Britain, since 2000. During this time he has also been a director of the British Horseracing Board, the Horsemen’s Group and the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust. Earlier in his career, after employment as assistant trainer to Jeremy Hindley, John Winter and Paul Cole, Arnold held a trainer’s licence for six years, training in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire.

Notes to Editors

  1. The announcement regarding the appointment of six new Non-Executive Directors to the BHA Board can be found here:
  2. The announcement regarding David Thorpe’s appointment as a Member Nominee Director from the Racecourse Association can be found here: