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British Horseracing Authority appoints 6 new directors

Another chapter in the BHA's history has begun with the unveiling of six new directors - some of whom will be relatively unknown in the sport - who will sit on the board of British racing's governing body as it implements changes to the way the sport is run.

While the BHA described the appointments as evolution rather than revolution, they mark a fundamental shift in approach for the organisation and follow the recruitment of Ladbrokes' Nick Rust as chief executive.

Not all the six new non-executive directors, who were found following a process run by headhunters Sports Recruitment International, have high profiles within racing but rather have been chosen for their expertise in areas like regulation, media and communications, government relations, law, human resources, welfare, and betting and gaming, as well as a knowledge of racing.

The six started their three-year terms on Monday and the best known to the sport are racehorse owner and businesman Eamonn Wilmott and former Northern Racing operations director Julie Harrington.

The other four include former Tote board member Noel Harwerth and Laura Whyte, who spent ten years on the John Lewis management board. Atholl Duncan, whose roles included being head of news and current affairs for the BBC in Scotland, and Joe Saumarez Smith - an entrepreneur and gambling expert - complete the six.

Read more at Racing Post

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