Professor Tim Morris, director of equine science and welfare, is to leave the British Horseracing Authority at the end of January as part of the organisation’s ongoing restructure.
Professor Morris joined the BHA in 2008 to head the newly formed equine science and welfare department. He is also former chair of the British Horse Industry Confederation.
Most publicly, Professor Morris has been involved in the welfare aspects of the Grand National and whip rules in racing.
“I am sad to be leaving my role at the BHA, which has been amongst the most rewarding periods of my career to date but am looking forward to further developing my interests beyond racing,” he said.
“I am confident that equine welfare remains a priority for racing, but I am realistic about the pressures on racing’s finances, and recognise that many involved in racing have already been affected by such pressures.”
Paul Bittar, chief executive of the BHA added: “Reconfiguring the BHA services and structure is an evolutionary process and further work will be done with Tim in the coming weeks to imbed the new structure for veterinary operations combined with our important role in medication control.
“Everyone who knows Tim would acknowledge that he has worked exceptionally hard on behalf of the sport as an advocate of our commitment to horse welfare, and while his departure means a re-focus, it certainly won’t impact on our commitment to equine welfare.
“The ongoing review of the organisation is a difficult process as it impacts people’s roles but we’ve got budget constraints like all other businesses within British Racing, so we’re focused on identifying the most effective and efficient structure for the BHA.”
Earlier this month it was announced that Paul Scotney, director of integrity services, compliance and licensing would be leaving his full time role December as part of the restructure. As part of a transition plan will remain a part of the BHA’s ability to protect the sport from corruption, providing advice on investigations and strategy.
Adam Brickell, who is currently the BHA’s head of legal and compliance, will be promoted and appointed director of legal, integrity and risk.