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Paul Barton: won the 1979 Welsh Grand National aboard Peter Scot

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Barton appointed BHA's head of stewarding

PAUL BARTON has been appointed as the BHA's new head of stewarding following the retirement of William Nunneley.

Barton has held the position of stipendiary steward manager with the BHA for 11 years and has been involved in officiating at racecourses for 22 years, having joined the Jockey Club as a stewards' secretary in 1991.

A former jump jockey, Barton won the 1979 Welsh Grand National aboard Peter Scot and will begin his new role on March 25.

"I am flattered and delighted to have been offered this opportunity," said Barton. "Stewarding in Britain has developed significantly in recent years and, while William will be a tough act to follow, I look forward to the challenge and the opportunity to work with Jamie Stier to bring further improvement to the way stewarding is managed.

"The executive has a very clear view about the improvements that are needed and I'm looking forward to supporting them in driving these outcomes."

Stier, director of raceday operations and regulation for BHA, said: "We are delighted to appoint Paul to the role of head of stewarding. Paul brings with him years of experience officiating at race meetings across the length and breadth of the country and is a highly respected figure amongst officials, jockeys and trainers alike."

Nunneley had held the position of head of stewarding since 2002 and retired at the conclusion of last week's Cheltenham Festival after 30 years as an official.

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