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21st December, 2010

The British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust is set to start the New Year with a strengthened team following the appointment of two new Trustees and a Northern Regional Education Officer.

Broadcaster and former British Horseracing Authority Independent Director, Jim McGrath, and Julia Budd, a Jockey Club member since 2008, will have their positions on the board of British racing's qualifications awarding body formalised at the Trustees' first meeting of the year which is scheduled to take place in March.

BHEST Chairman Rhydian Morgan-Jones OBE., aims to draw on their expertise with immediate effect. He said, "We are delighted to welcome Jim and Julia as Trustees. Both bring particular skills to the Board and between them they have a wide range of experience in quite diverse racing industry and corporate sectors that will be enormously valuable to us as we move forward in these stringent times."

Both appointees have combined successful careers in commerce with high profile positions in the sport over many years.

Budd is a Founding Partner of executive search firm, The Zygos Partnership, where she specialises in identifying potential Chairmen, Chief Executives and Non-executive Directors.

She is also a Trustee of ICAN, the charity that works for children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

A member of the Board of Directors at Sandown Park, Julia also acts as a racecourse steward at Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Windsor and has been involved with a number of horses in training, latterly as a member of various Highclere Thoroughbred syndicates.

Commenting on her appointment Budd said, "I am delighted to be joining BHEST as a trustee, having admired the work it carries out both in vocational training and through the admirable Racing to School programme."

McGrath joined specialist publishing house, Timeform, straight from school in 1974 and became the company's Managing Director in 2000 and Chairman in 2008. He has worked in television since 1981 and is an integral member of the Channel 4 Racing team. Jim has also held a number of key administrative positions in racing, including serving as an Independent Director on both BHB and BHA.

He is a successful owner and a hobby breeder, with current interests in horses in training with Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and Mark Johnston.

McGrath is looking forward to his appointment, "Through my involvement with BHB and BHA I obviously became aware of the wonderful work that BHEST carries out and am both honoured and delighted to have been invited to take up a role as a trustee." he said.

The vacancies have been created by a combination of the restructure of the Board in 2009, which allowed for the appointment of a further Trustee, and the departure of long-serving member Lady Burnham who will be particularly missed.

"Hilary has made an outstanding contribution to the development of BHEST during her time as a Trustee", added Morgan-Jones. "She continues to offer wise counsel on a wide variety of subjects and will be very much missed by the Board members and all the team at BHEST's Newmarket offices."

Former Grand National Jockey Carrie Ford who partnered Forest Gunner in the world's greatest steeplechase in 2005, becomes a full-time Regional Education Officer delivering BHEST's education programme, Racing to School, in the North of England.

Ford, who has been assisted in her professional and career development by the Jockeys Employment Training Scheme (JETS), said, "I've been working as a freelance for BHEST over the last few years and this is a wonderful opportunity for me to get my teeth into a full-time role." Ford takes up her new position on 4 January and replaces Vaughan Jones who has been a stalwart of the Racing to School team since 2003 and is now looking forward to spending more time on the golf course.

Further information: Judith Allen, Executive Director BHEST, 01638 560743