Newmarket lawyer Justin Wadham has been re-elected to the Board of the ROA in this year’s election.
Also successful in the poll in which five candidates stood was Steven Astaire who returns to the Board after an interval of 12 months, while Yvette Dixon was elected for the first time.
Justin Wadham (right) said: “I am very grateful to the ROA membership for re-electing me and will do my very best to reward their support.”
Steven Astaire said: “I’m delighted that members have had the confidence to re-elect me to the Board. I’m passionate about the raceday experience and will do all I can to continue to encourage racecourses to improve their offering.”
Yvette Dixon said: “I am extremely honoured and proud that the ROA members have chosen to elect me to represent them. I maintainthat I will do everything I can to fulfil my manifesto pledge to deliver acceptable levels of prize-money to owners of horses at all levels and I look forward to serving the members in years to come.”
ROA President Nicholas Cooper said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the three successful candidates. I warmly welcome Yvette Dixon who joins the Board for the first time, while Justin Wadham will be continuing his immensely valuable work after being re-elected – and we welcome back Steven Astaire who stood down after 25 years of dedicated service in 2015 and returns after just 12 months.
“I would like to thank Jonny Allison and Robert Jones who also stood in this keenly contested election but were unsuccessful on this occasion. I hope that they will consider putting themselves forward again next year.
“We also bid a fond farewell to three of our colleagues who are leaving the Board this year, including two former ROA Presidents – Rachel Hood and Paul Dixon. Tony Hirschfeld, a former Vice-President is also standing down at the end of his latest term of office. The ROA will never quite be the same again without Rachel’s inimitable fighting spirit; Paul has been a stalwart of the association since 2003; and Tony has worked tirelessly to make the ROA Awards one of the best social occasions in the racing calendar – as well as raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity through this annual event.”
The election results were announced at the ROA’s Annual General Meeting held in London on Tuesday 28th June.
The finishing order in the election, overseen by Electoral Reform Services, was:
In addition, the ROA has announced plans to appoint two directors to the Board, subject to confirmation at the AGM. They are: