Brickell to relinquish integrity role at British Horseracing Authority
Adam Brickell will step down next month as director of integrity, legal and risk at the British Horseracing Authority, it was announced on Tuesday.
Brickell has been at the BHA for seven years and was involved in overseeing the regulatory body's ‘Integrity Review’ and the creation of the ‘Members’ Agreement’, which altered the governance structure of the sport in the UK.
In a statement yesterday, he said: "I felt it was a natural time to move on to a fresh challenge."
Nick Rust, chief executive of the BHA, added: “Adam has played a key role in ensuring British racing has modern and effective governance structures in place, and the necessary policies to help keep our sport fair and clean.”
Brickell's departure follows the controversy surrounding horse trainer Jim Best who this year successfully appealed against a four-year ban imposed for 'stopping' horses in two races in December 2015.
The ban was lifted after it emerged that the independent disciplinary panel that heard his case was chaired by Matthew Lohn, a solicitor who had previously worked for the BHA. A new hearing is scheduled for September.
However, the BHA has denied that the ruling influenced Brickell's decision to leave. A replacement has yet to be named.