BHA Appoints ROA President To It’s Board

Charlie Parker, the current president of the Racehorse Owners’ Association (ROA), has been appointed by the British Horseracing Association (BHA) to its board.

Parker, who owns and operates Crimbourne Bloodstock stud company, succeeds Nicholas Cooper at the helm of the ROA and will then take his place on the BHA board.

Parker will serve as one of two members-nominated directors on the board of the BHA, jointly named by the ROA, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the National Trainers Federation, due to the start of his three-year term at the ROA on 1 July.

Parker said: “I am delighted to be joining the board of the BHA on behalf of the Horsemen’s Group; we face huge challenges across our industry which must be tackled together if we are to ensure the sport we all love can recover from the current crisis and grow into a more robust model in the future.”

BHA chair Annamarie Phelps added: “Charlie will be a valuable addition to our team of Directors and I look forward to working alongside him, our colleagues nominated by racecourses, and the independent members of our board.

“I’d like to thank Nicholas for his contribution to the BHA board in what has been a challenging period for racing.”

Parker ‘s appointment comes after a new programme launched yesterday by the BHA-backed Diversity in Racing Steering Group (25 June) that will provide training to strengthen lesbian , gay , bisexual, transgender / transsexual plus (LGBT+). Inclusion and visibility inside the British horse racing market. 

The e-learning programme, developed by the DiRSG ‘s dedicated LGBT+ subgroup, will be included in the compulsory licencing courses at the British Racing School and the National Horseracing Institute.