Our mission statement is to protect, promote and represent the interests of professional jockeys both on and off the racecourse working with regulatory, industry and commercial bodies to secure agreements to the benefit of all and continually working in the best interests of British horseracing.
The welfare of jockeys is paramount and our job is to ensure that the correct procedures are in place and that jockeys are adequately supported and well equipped to deal with the rigours of racing.
Jockeys are key to the success of British racing and through their role as racing’s ambassadors, the PJA ensures that jockeys get their fair share of media rights and other collective commercial arrangements.
Your views are represented and policies are formed by the elected PJA Board. We strive continuously to make sure jockeys’ voices are heard and provide strong and respected leadership.
Meet the PJA Board
Chairmanread bio >
Nigel was appointed Chairman in September 2012. He also currently manages The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust and is Press Officer for the Randox Health Grand National Meeting. His previous roles include Marketing Director of SIS, Marketing Director of Ladbrokes and a Director of the International Racing Bureau.
Joint President - Flat Safety Officerread bio >
Joint President - Flat Safety Officer
P.J. took up this appointment following Steve Drowne’s retirement from race riding in 2018. 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.
Joint President - Jump Jockeyread bio >
Joint President - Jump Jockey
One of the most successful Jump Jockeys of the last 20 years, he rode his 3,500th winner in 2018, 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 2018/19 season he was crowned Champion Jump Jockey for the fourth time. In 2018 he also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup
aboard Native River. He joined the Board in 2008 before becoming the Jump President in 2015.
Jump Jockeyread bio >
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.
Meet your PJA Team
Chief Executiveread bio >
Paul succeeded Kevin Darley as Chief Executive in February 2012 and joined the PJA 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, having begun his career working as a betting shop manager and then in business development.
Executive Director (Racing)read bio >
Executive Director (Racing)
Dale joined the PJA team in January 2010 as Industry Liaison Officer, having retired as a flat Jockey after 23 years during which he represented the PJA as a Safety Officer, Vice President and Council member. Working alongside the PJA’s Chief Executive and with other sectors of the racing industry, the role encompasses issues including welfare, career development, fixture lists, planning and Jockey safety.
Commercial & Membership Managerread bio >
Commercial & Membership Manager
Izzy has been part of the PJA Team since 2008 and was appointed Commercial & Membership Manager in 2014. Her role involves managing and promoting the comprehensive package of support and welfare schemes available to Jockeys and mentoring youngsters embarking on their career. She is also responsible for overseeing PJA events and working on commercial and sponsorship opportunities.
Membership Assistantread bio >
Vicky joined the PJA in October 2016. She has responsibility for the administration of a number of key membership schemes as well as supporting the team generally, particularly with project work. She also undertakes the day to day administration of the PJA Pension Scheme.