The Point-to-Point Authority (PPA)

The Point-to-Point Authority is the body responsible for the administration, management, promotion and development (governance and strategy) of Point-to-Point racing. It is comprised of seven directors - one each from The Jockey Club, the Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association (PPORA), the Point-to-Point Secretaries Association (PPSA), the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) and three independent members.

Functioning under delegated authority from the BHA, the PPA evolved from the Point-to-Point Board in order to ensure the sport's destiny was in the hands of its constituents with the resources to run its own affairs in an open and transparent way. Working closely with the member organisations plus the BHA and HBLB, the PPA ensures its funding streams are fair and proportionate and that its services are provided in the most cost effective way.

The PPA is run from offices near Swindon, providing a range of administrative services to Jockeys, Owners and Point-to-Point fixture Secretaries.

THE PPA TEAM

Clare Hazell (Chief Executive)
Clare joined the PPA in April 2014 following 12 years at The Professional Jockeys Association. During that time her role involved managing and promoting the comprehensive package of support and welfare schemes available to Jockeys and mentoring youngsters embarking on their careers. She was also a Director of the Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme between 2002-2014. At the PPA , the responsibility for the sports' development and success is central to her role, as well as its administration and provision of support and advice to all participants. In her spare time, Clare enjoys spending time with family, supporting her daughter Emma who is an active member of the Old Berks Hunt Pony Club, riding her ex-racehorse and running for her local Athletics Club The White Horse Harriers.

Becci Thompson (Communications and Commercial Executive)
After graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Sheffield in the summer of 2014, Becci spent the following year working for the Science Communication Charity, Science Oxford. Her role largely focussed on coordinating the regional contract of a national volunteering and engagement programme (STEMNET). This involved communicating with 650 "ambassadors" to inspire them to visit schools, informing teachers of the latest opportunities in science education and running various events. In her role at the PPA, Becci works to communicate effectively with participants and to promote the sport widely. Although a relative newcomer, Becci has quickly become passionate about the world of racing and is thrilled to be working in such an exciting sport with such dedicated supporters.

Shelley Coles (Liaison Officer)
Shelley is working on a part-time basis (three days a week) and will be the first point of contact for Area and Fixture Secretaries. Shelley has spent the past 15 years working within local Council, most recently at Stroud District Council. She has been involved with Point-to-Pointing in some way since 1987 and has a son, Charlie Dando, currently riding.

Dr Peter Johnson (Medical Advisor)
Peter joined the PPA as Medical Advisor in October 2016. He divides his time between General Practice and Pre-Hospital Care and has worked as a Racecourse Medical Officer on numerous racecourses in the South East for the last 17 years. He has been a BHA Senior RMO since 2004 and is very keen to support the Point-to-Point course medical teams in improving standards of medical care for all at courses across the country.


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POINT-TO-POINT AUTHORITY BOARD MEMBERS

Richard Russell

Richard has been a Point-to-Point owner since 1970, riding as an amateur for 30 years until 1995. During that time he was also the fixture Secretary for the Grafton Point-to-Point for a number of years. He was chairman of the PPORA from 2001 to 2004 and an independent director of the Point-to-Point Board before moving to the Point-to-Point Authority as Jockey Club representative in 2009. He sits on the BHA's Licensing Committee and chaired the Point-to-Point Review in 2006-07. Richard has also acted as a racecourse and Point-to-Point steward since 1982. His horses are now, whenever possible, ridden by his son John.

Nick Sutton
Nick is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of online search advertising business Qmee, and Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director of Greenstone Plus, a Non-Financial Reporting Software Business supporting clients in over 90 countries. He has been involved in racing as both an Amateur and a Point-to-Point Jockey (retired in 2013) with Cheltenham and Newbury winners on his CV, along with an Aintree Foxhunters third in 2011. Now involved as an owner, with his son Dominic riding as an amateur. Nick joined the PPA Board as an Independent in January 2014.

Alan Hill
Alan has ridden all his life, both hunting and racing. He was a MFH for 20 seasons, hunting hounds for 15 of those, he has now given up Mastership but continues to hunt. Alan rode as an amateur for 23 years, riding 98 point-to-point and 49 Hunter Chase winners. These winners included 3 Foxhunter winners; 2 at Aintree and 1 at Cheltenham. He now trains point to pointers and was champion trainer for the 2013'14 season and champion Hunter Chase trainer this year. His wife, Lawney is a licenced trainer and together they have 2 children. All the family hunt and have been or are race riders, his son Joe was champion novice in 2012. Alan farms 1000 acres in Oxfordshire, mainly arable, but also grass paddocks and gallops and is also involved in helping run and prepare Kingston Blount point to point course.

Robert Killen
As Chairman of the PPORA committee, Robert currently sits on the PPA Board as the PPORA representative. Robert is a Land Agent based in South Gloucestershire. A Point-to-Point enthusiast he has held various positions in Point-to-Pointing and is a past Chairman of the Point-to-Point Secretaries Association. He is a member of The Bean Club who have horses with Nicky Sheppard. His family own the Point-to-Point course at Ston Easton in Somerset.

Stephen Howlett
Born in 1952, Stephen is a Company Director and Trustee of various organisations. He is currently a Grain Merchant as well as having commercial farming interests. Together with his family, Stephen has owned Point-to-Pointers for over 20 years and has been involved with organising Point-to-Points for over 40 years. He is a Point-to-Point Judge and Steward, as well as being the Chairman of the East Anglian Area.

Jeremy Barber
Jeremy has owned Point-to-Point and National Hunt Racehorses for 25 years and has gained extensive experience as Assistant Trainer in the family racing business. He has been The Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association Representative for the Wessex area for the past 22 years. A Director of a wide range of rural enterprises, Jeremy joined the PPA Board as an independent in January 2015 and offers extensive business experience.