Horserace Betting Levy Board - Independent Board Member

Body: Horserace Betting Levy Board
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Culture, Media & Sport, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Regulation
Location: Board meetings will take place in central London locations. Attendance at race meetings and associated events will take place in various locations.
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Major Projects, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Current remuneration of £19 665 per annum is offered, and reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: A minimum of 2-3 days a month, not including attendance at race meetings and associated events.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    18/09/2019 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is looking to appoint a new Independent Board Member to the Horserace Betting Levy Board.


The successful candidate will contribute to the strategic approach to improving horseracing and the allocation of Levy funds to support racing, breeding and veterinary science and education.  They will also be required to be the Chair of at least one of the Levy Board’s sub-committees, such as the Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Remuneration Committee.


The successful candidate would ideally be in place at the earliest convenience.


British horseracing plays an important part in supporting the British economy, contributing £3.5 billion and employing over 17,000 people. Racing is the second highest attended sport in Britain after football and its prestigious festivals are amongst Britain’s sporting crown jewels, including The Cheltenham Festival; The Grand National; and Royal Ascot, which is attended every year by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.


The Horserace Betting Levy Board plays an integral role in ensuring the continued success of the sport by collecting the Levy from betting operators and administering the Levy annually. The Levy provides funding for the improvement of horseracing and veterinary science and equine welfare.


The Role

  • assist the Chairman and the Executives of the Levy Board in maximising the impact of the 2017 reforms;
  • chair at least one of the Levy Board’s sub-committees, such as the Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Remuneration Committee;
  • ensure that Levy Board deliver against its statutory purpose and strategic objectives;
  • demonstrate high standards of corporate governance, principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability; and
  • reviewing the performance of the Chair and Executives.


Person Specification

Successful candidates will meet the following essential criteria:

  • be able to build effective relationships with Board members, Executives and stakeholders;
  • experience of operating at a senior strategic level and be able to challenge constructively;
  • have a strong understanding of Corporate Governance and a commitment to the principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability;
  • experience in chairing or being a member of a committee.


A detailed knowledge of the racing and betting industries is desirable rather than essential, but a willingness to develop such knowledge would be expected, including attendance at some race meetings.


The Secretary of State will need to be satisfied that the successful candidate has no interests connected with horse racing which might hinder them from discharging their functions as a member of the Board in an impartial manner, as set out in the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 (

Additional Information

Term of Appointment

The appointment is expected to be effective from Autumn 2019 and will be for four years.


Who is on the Board?

The Levy Board comprises of 7 members, including three 3 appointed by the Secretary of State (i.e. Chair and 2 board members), 3 members appointed by ‘The Jockey Club’, and 1 member jointly appointed by the ‘Association of British Bookmakers’ and the ‘Remote Gambling Association’.


Supporting Information

DCMS promotes an equal opportunities policy. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and these appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. More detail, including the regulations that appointing bodies are required to follow, is available at the OCPA website:


All applicants are expected to be familiar and compliant with the Seven Principles of Public Life.


HBLB recognises the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges

discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented groups including women, disabled people or BAME.


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