Press releases 23rd August 2016

Brickell to leave role as Director of Integrity, Legal and Risk at BHA

After more than seven years’ service, Adam Brickell has decided to leave the British Horseracing Authority in September 2016.

Adam has been a key member of the BHA Executive team, overseeing its integrity, licensing and (non-“judicial”) legal functions. He was integral to putting in place British racing’s ground-breaking tripartite “Members’ Agreement”, which provides a modern governance structure aligned to the activities of the sport’s stakeholders. He was also central to establishing racing’s data ownership model, and played a leading role in the implementation of the BHA’s pioneering policy on equine anti-doping in 2015. Last year, he carried out with Sir Paul Stephenson an extensive review of the BHA’s approach to integrity, making forward-looking recommendations which stood up to external scrutiny and were well-received by stakeholders inside and outside the sport.

Adam Brickell, Director, Integrity, Legal and Risk, said:

“It’s been a huge honour to head-up the BHA’s integrity, legal and risk function and to have been involved personally in leading and supporting positive change, not just within racing’s governing body but across the industry too. Deciding to leave was a difficult decision, and I will miss working with the very many dedicated and talented people at the BHA. However, following the completion of the Integrity Review, I felt it was a natural time to move on to a fresh challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the BHA, but I’ve come to the conclusion that senior roles in its future structure are unlikely to offer a balance of responsibilities which matches my areas of experience and interest.”

Nick Rust, Chief Executive, said:

“Adam has played a key role in ensuring British racing has modern and effective governance structures in place, and the necessary policies to help keep our sport fair and clean. I am sorry he is leaving, but I fully understand and respect his decision.

“The work Adam led on the Integrity Review, which we published in March this year, identified several themes which led me to new thinking about how we organise the BHA’s core regulatory functions. In discussing this with Adam, it became clear that future roles are unlikely to fit with his personal ambitions. I was, however, delighted that Adam agreed to stay on until mid-September, as this has enabled him to progress his work on the Integrity Review and support myself and the Board in finalising our new organisational structure.”

Following the integrity review published in March, and alongside the Quinlan review, the BHA will finalise and publish a number of organisational improvements before the end of September.

• This media release was originally published by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on 23 August 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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