The TBA Team

The TBA Team at Stanstead House

Claire Sheppard
, Chief Executive

Responsible for the running of the management of the TBA charity, its finances and staff. Representing the TBA in political negotiations; providing support and briefings to the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Board members and Veterinary adviser; Director of the Weatherbys’ General Stud Book Board, Director of the Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine and member of the Editorial Committee; TBA representative on the Horsemen’s Group, British Horse Industry Confederation and EFTBA.

Pauline StoddartPauline Stoddart, CEO Office Executive

Administrative support for the Chief Executive. Secretary to the TBA Board, Executive & Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and the Bloodstock Taxation Group. Organisation of the Flat and National Hunt Stallion Parades, the Elite Mares’ Scheme and the Annual General Meeting.


Caroline Turnbull, Education & WelfareCaroline Turnbull Manager

Provides employer support, and information, advice and guidance on education matters. TBA Representative on the BHA’s vocational training and careers marketing strategy groups. Responsible for organizing the TBA Stud Farming Course and TBA educational seminars.

Melissa Parris, Education ExecutiveTBA2016S0004-MParris

Support of the Education & Welfare Manager.  Co-ordination of the TBA’s education and The Thoroughbred Club (TTC) events.


Joseph de Souza, Thoroughbred Industry Executive

Administration of the NH Breeders’ Schemes including NHMOPS and Elite Mares’ Scheme. Secretary to the NH and Flat Committees.




Christine Standley, Accounts Executive

Producing day to day accounts, preparation of the quarterly management accounts for the Association, managing the TBA Payroll and pension administration.

Annette Bell, Membership & Office Executive

Managing all areas of membership as well as the Regional Days, Regional Representatives and membership benefits. Co-ordination of office support services and suppliers.

Charlotte Lovatt
, Communications A.SMY_TBAP1000 croppedManager

Management of the TBA communications and brand as well as all marketing opportunities and activation. Responsibilities include the sponsorship portfolio, PR, press enquiries, NHMOPS, This Filly Can campaign and the TBA Annual Awards.



Alice Thurtle, Communications Executive

Responsibilities include; TBA Forum content in Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder Magazine, day-to-day administration of the TBA websites, delivery of social media content, co-ordination of sponsorships and of direct mailings. Assists with planning and delivery of the Annual Awards and Seminar.