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Senior Independent Director

Senior Independent Director – The Racing Authority

The Racing Authority

The Racing Authority, comprised of representatives of the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and the Horsemen’s Group, will be the body responsible for the management and distribution of funds raised from all betting operators – whether they operate on or off-course, on or offline, or on or offshore – who through legislative change in April 2017 now pay 10% of their profits from British customers to British racing. It will replace the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB), the Government arm’s length body currently charged with this responsibility, from April 2019.

The BHA will be represented on the Racing Authority board by chief executive Nick Rust and chief operating officer Richard Wayman. The Horsemen’s Group will be represented by Julian Richmond-Watson, chair of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and Charlie Liverton, chief executive of the Racehorse Owners’ Association. The Racecourse Association will be represented by chair Maggie Carver and CEO Stephen Atkin.

In the short-term the Racing Authority will work alongside the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Levy Board and Gambling Commission to ensure a smooth transition to the new system.

The receipts from the Levy will be distributed in accordance with the policy and strategy for racing’s central funding set by the Racing Authority’s members, including for:

  • Prize money (and related payments to horsemen)
  • Regulation and integrity
  • Fulfilling racing’s fixture criteria (including fixture incentives)
  • Development and advancement of veterinary science
  • Training and education
  • Breeding incentives
  • Promoting innovation and growth in racing.

Sir Hugh Robertson has been appointed as Chairman of the Board and the organisation now seeks an independent non-executive director to add to its ranks. As well as being the Senior Independent Director of The Racing Authority, this appointee will also crucially chair the Betting Liaison Group, the make-up of which is outlined on the next page:

Betting Liaison Group

  • Independent Chair – Sir Hugh Robertson (to be replaced by the SID)
  • One racecourse representative who is also a member of the RMG board – Simon Bazalgette
  • One racecourse representative who is also a member of the TRP board – Martin Cruddace
  • One from the RCA – Maggie Carver
  • One from BHA – Nick Rust
  • One from Horsemen’s Group – Charlie Liverton, ROA
  • Two from retail betting sector – Ciaran O’Brien (William Hill) and Simon Clare (Ladbrokes Coral)
  • Two from remote sector – Ronnie Whelan (Skybet) and Clive Hawkswood (Remote Gambling Association)
  • Acting Secretary – Andy Clifton (RCA)
  • In attendance – Alan Delmonte (HBLB) and Tom Byrne (HBLB)

Engagement Basis

  • Non-executive
  • 24 days per year. To include, but not limited to, attending and supporting Racing Authority Board Meetings and Chairing Betting Liaison Group meetings.
  • The remainder of time to work closely with fellow Board members and key stakeholders to ensure the effective delivery of the Racing Authority’s core objectives
  • 3-year initial term, formally from April 2019, with the shadow period from appointment until this date not counting towards this
  • Appointed by the Board of the Racing Authority and/or its Members

Key Responsibilities

  • Be the Senior Independent Director of the Racing Authority in accordance with its Memorandum of Association and Racing Authority Membership Agreement
  • Chair the Betting Liaison Group and manage and run liaison with betting operators who are prepared to share data and promote British Racing
  • Lead the establishment of a data warehouse to store and analyse betting and other data relevant to the functions of the Racing Authority
  • A key role in liaising and managing relationships with key stakeholders including the Gambling Commission (collection) and British Racing’s Members (at Chairman and Chief Executive level)
  • Assist and inform spending decisions in the best overall interests of the sport, in line with the strategic direction set by the sport’s tripartite members, all of whom are represented on the Racing Authority Board. (British Horseracing Authority, The Racecourse Association, The Horsemen’s Group).
  • Work with Board to ensure Racing Authority funds are distributed optimally as set out in the Memorandum of Association and establish methods to measure the effectiveness of the distribution
  • Ensure suitable governance and committees are in place to carry out the function of the Racing Authority effectively; this will include Audit, Remuneration and Nomination.

Person Specification

  • Proven Independent Director, preferably with some experience in both a commercial and non-commercial environment
  • Demonstrable track record in ensuring good governance in a transparent manner
  • Collegiate, collaborative, high integrity
  • Knowledge of and credibility in Racing and betting is essential, but experience of working in Racing or betting is not a pre-requisite.

The Racing Authority is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

How to Apply

To apply, the candidates should send the following:

  • Letter of application highlighting relevant experience
  • Up to date curriculum vitae

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