- Nigel Payne
Nigel was appointed Chairman in September 2012. He is Chief Executive of the Horseracing Sponsors Association and manages The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust. His previous roles include Marketing Director of SIS for five years, a Director of the International Racing Bureau and Press Officer of Aintree Racecourse.
- Mick Fitzgerald
In a glittering career in the saddle, Mick Fitzgerald, who is part of the ITV Racing broadcasting team, was one of the country’s leading jump jockeys. His triumphs include the Grand National, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Boxing Day’s King George VI Chase. He was famously associated with the stable of 2012/13 champion trainer Nicky Henderson. He retired from riding in 2008.
- Dale Gibson
Executive Director (Racing)
Dale retired from the saddle in October 2009 after 24 years of race riding and joined the PJA Team as Industry Liaison Officer in January 2010. From 1992 he served on the Jockeys’ Council and was the northern safety officer from 1999 until his retirement from the saddle in 2009. He was appointed as a Director in 2008.
- Michael Hills
Derby-winning jockey Michael tasted multiple successes around the globe during a glittering career in the saddle that began in the late 1970s. He rode over 2,000 winners, including many Group 1s. He announced his retirement from race-riding in the autumn of 2012, just a few months short of his 50th birthday.
- Robin Leach
Robin Leach has practiced as a barrister since 1981, specialising primarily in criminal work. He prosecutes and defends in large fraud, money laundering and drugs cases and is based in Bournemouth. Robin has also represented Jockeys and Trainers at Jockey Club and subsequently BHA disciplinary hearings. Appointed to the Board in 2008.
- Ann Saunders MBE
Ann joined the PJA in December 1976 and was appointed Company Secretary in 1988 and a director in 2009. As well as having responsibility for the company, she is a Trustee of the Professional Jockeys Association Pension Scheme and undertakes the administration of the scheme, working alongside Cartlidge Morland the Scheme’s advisers.
- Mr Bob Sharp BMBCh (Oxon) MA (Cantab) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Tr & Orth. Eng)
Bob is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and Manor Hospitals, Oxford. He sits on many National and International Teaching Faculties and was awarded the Gold Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons in 2000. Bob was appointed to the PJA Board in 2008.
- Paul Struthers
Paul, who is also Chief Executive of the PJA, joined the Board in April 2013. Paul is a trustee of JETS, the PJA Pension Scheme and the Jockeys Association Trust. He is also a Director of the Horsemens Group and is a Horsemens Group-appointed director of Racing Enterprises Ltd. He previously worked in the racing industry for 11 years, most recently as Head of Communications for the British Horseracing Authority.
- Richard Johnson (Joint President)
One of the most successful Jump Jockeys of the last 20 years, he rode his 3,000th winner in 2016, becoming only the second National Hunt rider to achieve such a feat. During his time as a professional Jockey he has won almost every major prize, and in the 2015/16 season he was crowned Champion Jump Jockey for the first time. He has since gone on to repeat this success in the following two seasons. In 2018 he also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard Native River.
- P.J. McDonald (Joint President)
PJA Safety Officer
P.J. took up this appointment following Dale Gibson’s retirement from race riding in 2009. He started his career as a Jump Jockey and won the Scottish Grand National in 2007 on Hot Weld for Ferdy Murphy. His two Group 1 victories on the Flat have come on Laurens, including the Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp in 2018. He is a really consistent rider, with 50 to 60 winners a season.
- Bridget Andrews
A former Champion Lady Amateur Rider, Bridget turned conditional in 2015 and is based with trainer Dan Skelton. Career highlights so far include winning the County Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival aboard Mohaayed, and riding in her first Grade 1. She was appointed to the PJA Board in April 2017.
- George Baker
At 6ft, George is one of the tallest Flat Jockeys in racing. He joined trainer Mark Usher after leaving school and posted his first victory aboard Beauchamp Magic in 1999. He gained national prominence in 2006 when he partnered Rising Cross to finish second in the Epsom Oaks and landed his first Group 1 success on Seal of Approval on Champions Day 2013. He has enjoyed a whole series of Group race winners in recent years. Appointed to the Board in 2014.
- Stevie Donohoe
Winner of the Apprentice Jockey championship in 2006, Stevie also won a ‘Lester’ for Apprentice Jockey of the year. He has since established himself as one of the leading Flat Jockeys.
- Ted Durcan
Ted is a two time British classic winning jockey. His first Group 1 victory came in the 2003 Haydock Sprint Cup on Somnus, and in 2009 he rode Sahpresa to victory in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. Some of Ted’s biggest wins have come in France and Italy. He was appointed to the PJA Board in December 2017.
- Martin Dwyer
Martin’s greatest triumph to date was winning The Derby on board Sir Percy in 2006. That victory was judged to be ‘Flat Ride of the Year’ for which he received a “Lester”. Martin’s other Classic success came from the filly Casual Look in the 2003 Oaks. He too is another fine rider who has enjoyed plenty of Group race successes.
- Tom Eaves
Wigan-born Tom originally wanted to be a Jump Jockey. He is now one of the leading Flat riders in the North and landed his first Group 1 success on Tangerine Trees in the Prix de L’Abbaye. One of the most consistently successful members of the weighing room.
- Josephine Gordon
In 2016 Josephine was crowned Champion Apprentice, becoming only the third female jockey to hold that title. In December that year she was presented with two Lester Awards, for Apprentice of the Year and Lady Jockey of the Year. She has since turned professional and is now based with Hugo Palmer in Newmarket. She was appointed to the PJA Board in February 2017.
- Brian Hughes
Brian plies his trade mainly on Jump racing’s northern circuit where he is first choice jockey for Donald McCain as well as taking rides for a wide number of other trainers. The Northern Irishman is a past Champion Conditional Jockey and has enjoyed a series of Grade 2 and Grade 3 race victories in the last few years. His first Grade 1 success came in 2018 aboard Waiting Patiently in the Ascot Chase. He finished as runner-up in the Jump Jockeys Championship in both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.
- Tom Scudamore
Tom is the son of eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore, while his grandfather Michael won the Grand National in 1959. A regular rider for trainer David Pipe and Colin Tizzard, he is riding at the top of his game and enjoyed 150 winners in the 2014/15 Jump racing season. He’s a regular winner of Grade 1, 2 and 3 races and has had particular success recently with Thistlecrack, winning the King George VI Chase in 2016.
- Andrew Thornton
PJA Safety Officer
During his professional career, spanning two decades, Andrew has enjoyed success in the King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, as well as the Scottish and Welsh Nationals. He reached the milestone of riding 1,000 career winners at Wincanton on Boxing Day 2016. Andrew is always on hand to offer advice and help to young up and coming Jockeys.