BHA appoints ‘UK sports figurehead’ Annamarie Phelps as inbound chair

Moving to refresh its governance, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed the appointment of Annamarie Phelps as inbound Chair (appointment expected to commence – 1 June 2019).

Phelps a former Olympian rower, is the current Vice-Chair of the British Olympic Association and is set to replace current incumbent Atholl Duncan.

Updating stakeholders, the BHA’s nomination committee stated that it had secured a recognised UK sports figurehead to chair and advise/guide  UK racing on its present agenda and modern challenges.

Backing the appointment, BHA’s Senior Independent Director, Andrew Merriam said: “I’m delighted that we are able to appoint a candidate of such high calibre. Annamarie has demonstrated impressive leadership skills and an astute grasp of the issues facing major sports, including their engagement with government. She will bring a challenging and independent perspective to the BHA’s work and be a powerful advocate for horseracing.”

In its update, the BHA underlines Phelps experience in guiding a number of UK sporting bodies such as British Cycling and British Rowing, in dealing with complex political, regulatory and multi-stakeholder projects and initiatives.

“I relish the opportunity to work in British Racing. Everything I’ve seen and heard tells me that racing people are passionate about their sport, proud of its magnificent heritage and unified by a love of horses.” Phelps stated on leading BHA governance.

“I am looking forward to working with new colleagues at the BHA and across the sport. My priority is to help with the immediate challenges we face, but I am excited by the opportunities for racing to grow and flourish in the years ahead.

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