BHA appoint Barker to head judicial panel

Baker's role was created following a review of the BHA's integrity services

PICTURE: Dan Abraham BHA appoint Barker to head judicial panel By Keith Melrose 11:26AM 22 DEC 2016

THE BHA have appointed leading judge Brian Barker QC to be the first chairman of its judicial panel.

Baker's most prestigious role has been the recorder of London, making him the senior judge at the Old Bailey, which he held from 2013 until January of last year. That same year he was made a CBE.

Barker's role had been created following recommendations made by Christopher Quinlan QC, who reviewed the structure of some the BHA's integrity services and published his findings in September. Barker will take up his new role in January.

Nick Rust, chief executive of the BHA, said: "I am delighted that we attracted such strong interest for this key new role and that, as a result, we have able to appoint someone of Brian Barker’s standing, as one of the country’s foremost members of the Judiciary."

Barker added: "I am very pleased to take on this role as the head of the BHA’s independent judiciary, and privileged to be able to shape racing’s disciplinary process at this pivotal time.

"I look forward to engaging from the outset with all stakeholders to ensure that legal best practice matches racing’s finest standards. As a lifelong sports enthusiast I understand the importance of fairness and robustness. I aim to ensure the whole industry delivers what it does best: outstanding world-class sport on the racecourse."

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