Will Lambe will step down as BHA executive director at the end of August.
UK.- Will Lambe will step down from his role as executive director of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) at the end of next month.
Lambe has been executive director of the BHA since 2017. He was previously the BHA’s director of corporate affairs.
He has played an important role in the preparation of British racing for Brexit and for the resumption and recovery of racing following the Covid-19 pandemic. He also contributed work for the UK government’s review of gambling legislation.
Lambe joined what was then called the British Horseracing Board as a communications executive in 2003 after taking part in a graduate development programme in 2001.
Lambe said: “I’m enormously proud of the role I have played within the BHA and the sport I love, over a great many years. It feels like the right time to move on as the organisation moves to the next phase of supporting industry recovery.”
He highlighted the reform of the betting levy in 2017 as the highlight of his tenure in the role.
He said: “The levy reform of 2017 and capturing offshore business of bookmakers were hugely important – and proved critical to the sport over the last year in particular. It was a real team effort across racing, but I’m proud of my leadership role within it.”
The BHA is now looking forward to a new reform of the betting levy as part of the UK government’s review of gambling legislation. The BHA was also highly critical of the Gambling Commission’s proposals for affordability checks on bettors.
BHA chief executive Julie Harrington said: “I would like to thank Will personally and on behalf of the organisation for his contribution to the BHA and the sport. His loyalty to his colleagues and to the BHA has been obvious to all and he will be a real asset in his next role.”