Adam Brickell: has decided time is right to move on from BHA
PICTURE: Dan Abraham
By Bill Barber 3:01PM 23 AUG 2016
ADAM BRICKELL, the BHA’s director of integrity, legal and risk, is to leave the governing body in September.
The BHA’s disciplinary procedures have been much criticised following the controversy surrounding the Jim Best case.
Best is facing a rehearing over non-trier charges after his original conviction was quashed when it was revealed solicitor Matthew Lohn, who for more than two years was being paid to advise the BHA, had also sat as a supposedly independent member of the sport’s disciplinary panels.
Brickell said he had decided there was not a suitable role for him at the governing body after it had implemented changes to its regulatory functions stemming from the integrity review published in March.
Having first joined the BHA on a client secondment from DLA Piper in 2009, Brickell took up his most recent role in 2012 with responsibility for overseeing British racing’s integrity, licensing and non-“judicial” legal functions.
During that time he helped put in place British racing’s tripartite members’ agreement, was central to establishing racing’s data ownership model, and played a leading role in the implementation of the BHA’s policy on equine anti-doping.
Last year, along with former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson, he also carried out an extensive review of the BHA’s integrity operation.
‘A natural time to move on’
Brickell said: “It’s been a huge honour to head-up the BHA’s integrity, legal and risk function and to have been involved personally in leading and supporting positive change, not just within racing’s governing body but across the industry too.
“Deciding to leave was a difficult decision, and I will miss working with the very many dedicated and talented people at the BHA.
“However, following the completion of the integrity review, I felt it was a natural time to move on to a fresh challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the BHA, but I’ve come to the conclusion that senior roles in its future structure are unlikely to offer a balance of responsibilities which matches my areas of experience and interest.”
Following the integrity review published in March, and alongside the review by Christopher Quinlan QC into the structure, composition and operation of the disciplinary panel, appeal board and licensing committee, the BHA will finalise and publish a number of “organisational improvements” before the end of September.
BHA chief executive Nick Rust said: “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. I am sorry he is leaving, but I fully understand and respect his decision.
“The work Adam led on the Integrity Review, which we published in March this year, identified several themes which led me to new thinking about how we organise the BHA’s core regulatory functions.
“In discussing this with Adam, it became clear that future roles are unlikely to fit with his personal ambitions.
“I was, however, delighted that Adam agreed to stay on until mid-September, as this has enabled him to progress his work on the integrity review and support myself and the Board in finalising our new organisational structure.”