BHA announce search for judiciary panel members

Brian Barker: announced judicial panel chairman at the BHA in December

BHA announce search for panel members By Keith Melrose 4:35PM 3 FEB 2017

HOW would you fancy becoming a member of the sport's judiciary? The opportunity presented itself on Friday when Brian Barker QC, the newly-appointed judicial panel chairman at the BHA, started his search for panel members and chairmen.

The search is the latest strand of the recommendations from the Quinlan review that the BHA have carried out, following on from Barker's appointment in December of last year.

Quinlan, in his report commissioned in the wake of the BHA's mishandling of the Jim Best case, also recommended that more former jockeys and trainers be involved in disciplinary panels, as in his words: "The bulk of the work done by the Disciplinary Panel involves race analysis."

Quinlan also expressed an interest in adding the expertise of those from veterinary and legal backgrounds, who were mentioned specifically as the BHA announced the positions on Friday.

Search broadened

The BHA have gone one step further, however, embracing Quinlan's suggestion that "a more diverse membership" of the judiciary should be sought. As such, "any suitably-qualified people with horseracing knowledge" are invited to apply to become members of the panels. Panel chairmen will be expected to be legally qualified.

Barker said in a statement: "My first priority, having been appointed as Judicial Panel Chairman, is to recruit an enhanced and skilled Disciplinary and Licensing Panel.

"Former jockeys and trainers and others connected with the sport could make a significant addition to the Disciplinary and Licensing Panel. They are well placed to understand the nuances and intricacies of a sport in which they have played an active part," he added.

All prospective candidates have until February 24 to apply for roles that will be offered as an initial three-year contract.

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