Ayr clerk Marley to head up raceday operations
Ayr racing manager and clerk of the course Emma Marley is to join the BHA as head of raceday operations in April.
Marley will have responsibility for management of various raceday regulatory teams, including the racecourse inspectorate, starters, clerks of scales and judges.
She will also oversee racecourse licensing, point-to-point racing and the BHA's relationship with the Arabian Racing Organisation. Marley will report to the director of integrity and regulatory operations Brant Dunshea.
She said: "I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to join the BHA team, utilising my years of experience in the horseracing industry. I have enjoyed a memorable seven years at Ayr, and sincerely thank the directors and staff for their vital support."
Dunshea added: "We're thrilled to welcome Emma to the team. This is such an important role for the BHA and for the operation of the sport, and the quality of applications we received reflected that.
"Emma really stood out, not only because of her proven track record at both Bath and Ayr, but for her understanding of the racing industry as a whole, which is reflected in her qualifications and participation in the Horseracing MBA."
A 2007 alumni of the BHA's graduate scheme, Marley joined Ayr from Bath in 2010 and is currently completing a racing industry-related MBA through Liverpool University.
Marley will be succeeded at Ayr by current head groundsman Graeme Anderson.