Search soon for new racing board chairman

The new deputy chairman will step up in the meantime.

Nominations will open shortly to find a court-ordered replacement chairman to the New Zealand Racing Board.

In the meantime, newly appointed deputy chairman Alistair Ryan will become the board’s acting chairman.

Earlier this month racing minister Nathan Guy announced Mr Ryan’s appointment after considering High Court judge Jill Mallon’s decision to quash the appointment of chairman Dr Alan Jackson.

She recommended Mr Guy find another chairman.

“Mr Ryan is currently a member of the New Zealand Racing Board and his appointment helps maintain stable governance,” Mr Guy said of Mr Ryan's appointment.

Mr Ryan has been a member of the board since August last year and steps into a completely new role.

Mr Guy says after careful consideration of the High Court’s decision, he will not appeal.

Justice Mallon’s ruling came after the New Zealand Greyhound Association appealed last year’s appointment of Dr Jackson as an "independent chairman".

During the appeal, association lawyer Helen Cull QC argued Dr Jackson was not independent because, as a former representative of the thoroughbred code, he was biased and not fit for the role.

The appeal came just a week after the racing board’s first AGM in six years, during which Dr Jackson told NBR ONLINE the clean-out of the board and management in July last year had resulted in a change of atmosphere.

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