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Top officials in U.K. horse racing administration

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) ensures the continued development of horse racing in Britain. It serves as both the governing and regulatory body charged with the responsibility to provide the most compelling racing in the world, ensure the highest standards for the sport and participants, and to represent and promote the sport and the industry.

Paul Roy serves as chairman while Paul Bittar was installed as the new CEO in January 2012. Bittar previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Racing Victoria, the principal authority governing racing in the State of Victoria, Australia.

BHA recently appointed two new directors to the board. Nicholas Jones was appointed as an independent non-executive director and racehorse trainer Mark Johnston has been appointed as the horsemen’s member nominated director. Justin Wadham recently became a third independent non-executive director. The other directors are Morag Gray, Ben Gunn, and Bill Farnsworth.

As far as running the day-to-day operations, Jamie Stier serves as Director of Raceday Operations & Regulation, while Dr. Tim Morris is the Director of Equine Science and Welfare.

Ruth Quinn serves as Director of Racing.

Over the past two decades, BHA has placed greater emphasis on the integrity of the sport and fairness and safety in British horse racing. Thus, certain rules and standards have been put in place to monitor injuries, provide medical care at racecourses, test jockeys for doping, assess fitness to ride as well as protective gear. Paul Scotney heads this function as the Director of Integrity Services, Compliance, and Licensing.

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