Bearing in mind that one of WiR's objectives is to "create a culture that promotes Women in Racing and encourages appointment of senior women at the highest levels in racing" we are delighted to note that one of our own patrons Noel Harwerth is one of those six appointments to the BHA Board alongside Julie Harrington, previously Operations Director of Uttoxeter Racecourse.
All the appointments bring considerable additional expertise to the Board of British Racing's governing and regulatory body.
Noel, with her husband, are former breeders who now buy yearlings in Britain and Ireland and race in Britain. She was previously a UK Government appointee on the Board of the Tote and is currently NED on a number of high profile financial services organisations, including Standard Life plc, GE Capital Bank Limited and London Metal Exchange.
Julie brings considerable knowledge and experience of British Horseracing to the Board as a result of her eight-year career with Northern Racing. Her early career was with Whitbread Inns as Regional Marketing Director and then with British Airways as Retail Sector Director. She is currently Managing Director of St George's Park, the FA's flagship National Football Centre
Joining Noel and Julie is Laura Whyte who comes from a non-racing career but is a keen horsewoman who pursues two pro bono activities with the British Equestrian Federation and Ebony Horse Club in Brixton. Alongside her considerable NED experience Laura has enjoyed a successful career with the John Lewis Partnership where she was on the Management Board for ten years.
The full list of new directors is:
- Atholl Duncan
- Julie Harrington
- Noel Harwerth
- Joe Saumarez Smith
- Laura Whyte
- Eamonn Wilmott
Details of all the appointments can be found on the BHA website. Steve Harman, Chairman of the BHA, said: "We were impressed by the deep-rooted passion and breadth of knowledge of horseracing, which was clear in all of the candidates.
"Alongside the existing highly experienced Directors Andrew Merriam and Ben Gunn, and the incoming Chief Executive Nick Rust, we will have a Board that can undertake three of the key functions of a modern Board – knowledge of and passion across the sport, possession of at least one deep skill set relevant for Racing's future, and proven stakeholder relationship capability, supported by humility and approachability."
Women in Racing congratulates all three of the women in racing appointments, which represents a promising, diverse approach from the BHA.