The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ayr Racecourse’s Emma Marley appointed Head of Raceday Operations at British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Marley (pictured below) to the position of Head of Raceday Operations.


Emma, who is currently Racing Manager and Clerk of Course at Ayr Racecourse, will join the BHA in April.

Well known to many in racing, Emma participated in the BHA Graduate Development Programme in 2007 after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management for the Horseracing Industry. Following this Emma has held various roles within the industry including the position of Clerk of Course at Bath Racecourse before moving into the role at Ayr in 2010.

Emma is also presently completing the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA through Liverpool University as part of the inaugural intake of this recently developed post-graduate programme. 

As Head of Raceday Operations Emma will report to the Director of Integrity and Regulatory Operations, Brant Dunshea, and have responsibility for management of various raceday regulatory teams including the Racecourse Inspectorate, Starters, Clerks of Scales and Judges. In addition to this the role will involve oversight of racecourse licensing, Point to Point racing and the BHA’s relationship with the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO).

Emma Marley said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to join the BHA team, utilising my years of experience in the horseracing industry. I have enjoyed a memorable seven years at Ayr, and sincerely thank the Directors and Ayr staff for their vital support.”

Brant Dunshea, Director of Integrity and Regulatory Operations for the BHA, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Emma to the team. This is such an important role for the BHA and for the operation of the sport, and the quality of applications we received reflected that. Emma really stood out, not only because of her proven track record at both Bath and Ayr, but also her understanding of the racing industry as a whole, which is reflected in her qualifications and participation in the Horseracing MBA.”

Ayr Racecourse Managing Director David Brown added: “Emma has been an outstanding contributor to Ayr’s success during the seven years that she has spent here. Although we will be sad to lose her, we are delighted that she will be able to further and develop her career at the very heart of British Racing. We wish her and the BHA even greater success in the years to come.”

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


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