Tim Morris: spoke of "one of the most rewarding periods" of his careerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Veterinary chief Morris to leave BHA next year
PROFESSOR Tim Morris, director of equine science and welfare at the BHA, will leave his position next year as part of chief executive Paul Bittar's ongoing restructure at the organisation, it was revealed on Monday.
Morris, who joined the BHA in 2008, will depart at the end of January. He said: "I am sad to be leaving my role at the BHA, which has been among the most rewarding periods of my career to date but I am looking forward to further developing my interests beyond racing.
"I am confident that equine welfare remains a priority for racing, but I am realistic about the pressures on racing's finances, and recognise that many involved in racing have already been affected by such pressures. As in many other sectors, new ways have to constantly be sought to deploy resources as effectively as possible."
Morris's departure follows this month's news that Paul Scotney, the BHA's current director of integrity services, compliance and licensing, will leave his role next month.
Bittar said: "Reconfiguring the BHA services and structure is an evolutionary process and further work will be done with Tim in the coming weeks to imbed the new structure for veterinary operations combined with our important role in medication control.
"Everyone who knows Tim would acknowledge that he has w orked exceptionally hard on behalf of the sport as an advocate of our commitment to horse welfare, and while his departure means a refocus, it certainly won't impact on our commitment to equine welfare.
"The ongoing review of the organisation is a difficult process as it impacts people's roles but we've got budget constraints like all other businesses within British racing, so we're focused on identifying the most effective and efficient structure for the BHA."