'Excellent operator' Julie Harrington is backed to lead horse racing out of crisis

By: Chris Cook Tuesday 11 August 2020
  • Harrington leaves British Cycling for CEO role at BHA
  • ‘She’s incredibly likeable and gets respect wherever she goes’

Julie Harrington, newly appointed as the first female chief executive of racing’s ruling body, has been hailed as “an excellent operator” by the official who first brought her into the sport. Rod Street, who runs the sports promotional wing Great British Racing these days, was in charge of a racecourse group in 2002 when he hired her away from British Airways, and he was delighted by the news, revealed on Tuesday, that she is to take over the British Horseracing Authority in January.

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