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5 July 2023


Paul Swain, raceday experience and communications manager at the Racecourse Association (RCA) has joined Racing Welfare’s Board of Trustees and will take on the role of welfare committee Chair.

Paul has worked closely with Racing Welfare for some time, having taken up the position of beneficiary representative on the welfare committee back in March 2021. A graduate of the British Horseracing Authority’s Graduate Development Programme, Paul manages all internal and external communications for the representative body of all British Racecourses. He is also the RCA’s Diversity & Inclusion nominated executive. He has played a leading role in a number of the sport’s notable initiatives relating to people and welfare, including Racing Together, Autism in Racing and the national Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.

Paul replaces outgoing Trustee and welfare committee chair Morag Gray who has retired, having been a valued Board member since 2014.

Paul said of his appointment: “I am both humbled and delighted to be joining Racing Welfare as a Trustee. Racing Welfare is renowned for its consistently excellent work to support the sport’s diverse workforce and I’ve been fortunate to see this first-hand both as a beneficiary and working with the Welfare Committee.

“I’d like to give my thanks to outgoing trustee Morag Gray who has always been a trusted source of counsel and to the Racing Welfare Board and Executive who have shown unwavering support. I’m excited to get started and work alongside the talented executive team to provide the best support of British racing’s workforce that we can.”

Racing Welfare’s chief executive Dawn Goodfellow commented: “We are delighted to welcome Paul as a Trustee. He is an excellent addition to our Board membership and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry which has already been and will continue to be invaluable to the charity in his new role.

“I’d like to extend my personal thanks to Morag for her outstanding contribution to Racing Welfare over the past nine years, bringing with her over 30 years’ experience in sports governance, as well as having held numerous senior roles within racing and within the charitable sector.”