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ROA Board Elections 2016

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.”

Justin WadhamSteven 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:

  • Justin Wadham (751 votes)
  • Steven Astaire (721)
  • Yvette Dixon (637)
  • Jonny Allison
  • Robert Jones

In addition, the ROA has announced plans to appoint two directors to the Board, subject to confirmation at the AGM. They are:

  • Patricia Pugh, the owner of Cheltenham Festival Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Altior. She is currently Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings at the Museum of London, having previously worked at the National Portrait Museum. Patricia has also worked as a litigation lawyer, specialising in bank and corporate criminality cases. She has been an owner since 2001 and ROA member for three years.
  • Chris Wright CBE, the music, media and sport entrepreneur, who was the co-founder of Chrysalis Records and launched the Heart commercial radio brand in London and Birmingham. The owner-breeder has been an ROA member since 1982 and has enjoyed considerable success on the racetrack, including French 1000 Guineas winner Culture Vulture and 2013 Breeders’ Cup winner Chriselliam.



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