Philip Newton

Philip Newton became Chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association in October 2023 having first joined the board as a trustee in 2016. Philip's commercial career was as a PLC CEO in the Retail sector as well as holding a number of other non-executive roles. He has been an owner breeder for over 40 years with Group and Royal Ascot successes and some NH success as well. He currently owns three broodmares and races all his produce. ​

Kate Sigsworth

Kate Sigsworth was appointed Deputy Chair of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association in October 2023, having first joined the board in 2020. Kate is the manager of West Moor Stud in North Yorkshire which was established by her parents in 1980. A family run stud, they sell various foals, yearlings and mares and retain some of their own, with three flat horses and one point to point horse currently in training. Kate is particularly interested in maintaining high standards of care for the horses and staff in the industry, as well as increasing profitability for breeders of all size and code.

Claire Sheppard

Claire joined the TBA as Chief Executive in 2017 following an extensive career in the racing industry including senior positions with the Racecourse Association, Plumpton Racecourse, Musselburgh Racecourse and Tote Direct. Her role as Chief Executive of the TBA involves developing strategy and policy to deliver the TBA’s charitable objectives, and leading in the management of the team and associated strategic initiatives. She also represents the TBA in building constructive working relationships across the sport, the wider equine sector and with UK Governments, domestically and internationally, to further the promotion and championing of the British Thoroughbred. Claire is the TBA representative on the BHA Commercial Committee and Industry Programme Group, and a Director of the British Horse Council and the British EBF.

Julian Richmond Watson

Honorary President

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