ROA Board members

The ROA has a Board of 11 members. Elected Board members are required to stand for re-election every three years. Most Board members are elected through an annual ballot amongst all members of the ROA, and there is opportunity for the Board to co-opt members to widen the skills base and knowledge of the team.

The Board meets ten times per year, with meeting agendas involve the finances and politics of British horseracing, reports from various committees, on which the ROA is represented, and a range of topics relating to membership marketing and benefits.  

We also have a ROA Scotland representative, Ken McGarrity, who keeps the Board informed of updates from North of the Border.


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Nicholas Cooper CBE


ROA Board details: Co-opted 2014. Appointed Director 2015. Appointed President 2016.
Current Professional Position: Founded Stirling Insurance Group in 1994. Retired after its acquisition in 2015.
Best horses owned:Eulogy, I'm Supposin, Wannabe Posh, Tyranny, Charmix, Fallen Star
Current trainers: Harry Fry
Committees: BHA Member's Committee, Horsemen's Group

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Chris Wright CBE

Vice President

ROA Board Details: Co-opted 2016.
Positions and companies: Co-founder and Chairman of Chrysalis Group 1968 to 2011
Positions held in racing: Previous TBA Board Member.
Years as owner: 35
Current trainers: Paul Cole, Michael Bell, Archie Watson, Eve Johnson Houghton, George Scott, Ian Williams and Richard Hannon 
Horses currently owned: Baron Bolt, Bubble and Squeak, Chairmanoftheboard, Kinks, Electric Ladyland
Horses previously owned: Culture Vulture, Chriselliam, Dark Angel, Bungle in the Jungle, Crime of Passion.

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Steven Astaire

Board Member

ROA Board Details: Elected 2016; previously served 25 years on the Board
Current business position: Retired. 46 years Investment Manager, Stockbroker
Previous positions and companies: Chairman, Astaire and Partners (Stockbrokers)
Positions held in racing: ROA Board Memberfor 25 years, Past Chairman of the Point-to-Point Secretaries Association, Past Director of Point-to-Point Authority Limited, retired Amateur Jockey 
Years as owner: 45
Current trainers: Mick Quinn
Horses currently owned: Kimora and Follow The Paint
Horses previously owned: Yahoo, Hiram B Birdbath, Funchen View
Committees: ROA Raceday Committee

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Sally Bethell

Board Member

ROA Board Details: Elected 2013 and 2017
Current professional position: Partner - JDW and Mrs S Bethell Racehorse Training
Number of years as a racehorse owner: 30 years.
Horses currently owned: Strawberryandcream and a partner in Clarendon Thoroughbred Racing 
Horses previously owned: Fossgate. Part-owned Arelquin, Granston. Clarendon Thoroughbred Racing horses which have included: Penhill, Braidley, Hartley, Bradbury, Mickley, Fearby Cross, Crathorne, Medelai, Absract Folly to name a few!
Current trainer: James Bethell
Committee: Thoroughbred Owner Breeder Board

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Yvette Dixon

Board Member

ROABoard details: Elected 2016.
Current business position: Racing secretary, Scott Dixon Racing, Owner and breeder.
Previous positions and companies: Stud Owner Haygarth House
Positions held in racing: Trustee of RoR, Founding member Leger Legends committee, Current member Racing Welfare Doncaster Race Day Committee
Years as owner: 20+
Current trainers: Scott Dixon
Horses currently owned: Crosse Fire, Thundercloud, Feel The Thunder, and shares in many
Horses previously owned: Milk it Mick, Singhalese, Ascertain, No Time, Docofthebay, Red Wine, Coastal Bluff . NH Daldini, Little Big Horse and Snowmore 

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Celia Djiavanovic

Board Member

Elected: 2018
Previous Business Positions: 
Solicitor at Lovell White Durrant, Lay member Avon & Somerset Police Authority, Events Committee of British Horse Trials, Trustee of The Horse Trust.
Years as owner: 9
Current Trainers: Charlie Longsdon, Robert Walford, Ben Pauling and Richard Hannon (Highclere Syndicate)
Horses Currently Owned: Bold Reason, partner in Dusky Lark, Way Out West, Cardigan Bay, L’Escrime d'Art and syndicate: Nugget
Horse Previously Owned: Shares in Cannington Brook, Marshal Zhukov, and others


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Paul Duffy

Board Member

ROA Board Details: Elected 2011 
Current business position and company name (if applicable): Professional Pensions Trustee
Previous positions and companies (if applicable): Managing Director – Bluefin & SBJ Pension Fund Manager
Positions held in racing (if any):  Partnership Manager 
Years as owner: 19
Current trainers: Peter Bowen, Robert Stephens, John Flint, Anthony Honeyball
Horses currently owned: Diamond Reggie, Diamond Benny, Field Of Vision. Shares with Anglo Australia Racing and various other partnerships.
Horses previously owned: Reve De Sivola, Diamond Harry, Cresswell Breeze, Another General, Bullfinch, Dealers Choice.
Committees: ROA Audit Committee (Chair), ROA Raceday Committee and ROA Membership Committee

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Tom Goff

Board Member

Current Business Position: Director – Blandford Bloodstock
Positions Held in Racing: Epsom Downs Race Committee (2003-11) 
Years as an Owner: 19 
Current Trainers: Gary Moore 
Horses Currently Owned: War Command filly out of Lady Marl
Horses Previously Owned: Stars To Shine, Grizedale, Hunter Street, River Thames, Dutch Diamond 

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Sam Hoskins

Board Member

ROA Board Details: Elected 2017
Current business position: Manager of Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds and Hot To Trot Racing
Previous positions and companies: TBA Board, TBA Next GenerationCommittee (Chairman), ROR Trustee (as TBA representative)
Positions held in racing: BHA NationalHunt Pattern Committee
Years as owner: Six
Current trainers: Andrew Balding, Ralph Beckett, Clive Cox,William Knight, Eve Johnson-Houghton, Mark Johnston
Horses currently owned: Magical Memory, Persian Moon

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Charlie Parker

Board Member

ROA Board details: Elected 2015
Current business position: Owner of Crimbourne Stud Limited and Director of various other leisure and insurance businesses.
Previous positions and companies: Chief Executive the Club Company and the Country Club Group.
Years as owner: 25
Current trainers: Nicky Henderson, Charlie Hills, Jonny Portman and Gary Moore. 
Horses currently owned: Verdana Blue, Barbados Blue, Vegas Blue, Moongazer, Flying Moon,Jungle Book, Maysonic, Red Sun, Haitian Spirit
Horses previously owned: Roz, Ifni Du luc, Gotonetoo, Master Mac, Benartic, Zeuss, Black Label.
Committees: ROA Audit Committee, ROA Membership Committee

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Alan Spence

Board Member

ROA Board Details: Elected 2017
Current business position: Retired 
Previous positions and companies: Chief Executive, Britannic Travel 1970 - 2006
Years as owner: 46
Current trainers: Mark Johnston,Roger Varian, Amanda Perrett, Clive Cox, Nicky Henderson
Horses currently owned: Fire Fighting, Fraser Island, Star in the Making Plus 15 others. Also Priceless (st Stud with a foal by Dubawi)
Horses previously owned: Profitable,Jukebox Jury etc (over 300 winners)