Hayward Appointed Chair of Industry People Board

Neil Hayward | BHA photo

Edited Press Release

Neil Hayward has been appointed as the first chair of racing's Industry People Board, leading a new function within the sport with the goal of driving and ensuring delivery in efforts to recruit, train and retain British racing's workforce and promoting welfare, equality, diversity and inclusion.

The creation of the Industry People Board follows a comprehensive process overseen by a steering group comprising the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) and the Racing Foundation (RF).

Hayward brings to the role of Chair more than 25 years of experience, including in Board and Executive Team Leadership positions at High Speed Two Ltd, Post Office, BT, Ministry of Justice, Standard Chartered Bank, Gallaher Group, Serco Group and Booker, as well as in the NHS and Higher and Further Education.

In the course of carrying out these roles and more, Hayward has developed a track record in employee engagement and equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives, significantly improving workforce and organisational performance across organisations in a range of sectors.

“I'd like to thank [BHA Chief Executive] Julie [Harrington], Alan [Delmonte, chief executive of the Horserace Betting and Levy Board] and [Chief Executive of the Racing Foundation] Rob [Hezel] for the trust they are placing in me by appointing me as Chair,” said Hayward. “I'm really looking forward to working with them and many others to make our new Industry People Board a success.”

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