The Disciplinary Panel and Licensing Committee members
Brian Barker C.B.E. QC
Judicial Panel Chairman.
His Honour Brian Barker has Has had a distinguished career in the judiciary including serving as the Recorder of London and as a judge in the Court of Appeal. He currently holds several senior part-time appointments.
A retired Senior legal advisor with a major city investment management firm. Arbitrator and mediator. Frequent race goer in UK and abroad. Owner almost continuously since 1996 and a member of the Racehorse Owners Association.
Timothy Charlton QC
Previously a commercial practitioner with an interest in sports law. A long-time member of the Disciplinary Panel with a comprehensive knowledge of racing and betting.
A retired senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service and a member of several racecourses with a comprehensive knowledge of horseracing.
His Honour Philip Curl
A retired Circuit Judge. A steward at racecourses including Newmarket and Yarmouth between 2002 and 2016 and a member of the Disciplinary Panel since 2011.
Broad knowledge of the industry. Trainer for 25 years at Malton with winners at Cheltenham and Ascot. Helped to establish Equine Industry Helpline.
From a racing family. A barrister practising in Leeds with wider criminal and regulatory practice. Rides out regularly for a professional trainer in Yorkshire and rode the winner of the MacMillan charity race for amateurs at York in 2014.
David Fish QC
A retired Manchester practitioner with wide ranging regulatory and disciplinary experience. An owner for many years and a broad knowledge of the sport.
Dr Lyn Griffiths
A Racecourse Medical Officer for many years and previously a GP Principal in the Midlands. Specialist knowledge in sports medicine and was the senior medical-legal advisor for the Medical Protection Society until 2017.
His Honour James O’Mahony
A Circuit Judge in Kent and the Honorary Recorder of Margate. A wide understanding of the sport.
A former jockey who rode c.170 winners under National Hunt Rules. Currently assistant trainer to Graeme McPherson QC and will therefore not sit on any cases which involve a licensed trainer who is personally alleged to be in breach of the Rules of Racing, or where Graeme MacPherson is acting for either party.
Ridden competitively since childhood. A career in football administration becoming the Premier League Head of Administration. Now returned to racing as the administrator of a yard in Yorkshire. A member of the FA Judicial Panel.
A London barrister with a regulatory enquiry and inquest practice. Family racing connections, has ridden out and is a previous owner. A particular interest in wellbeing and safeguarding and will have a specific responsibility for the development of the Safeguarding jurisdiction of the Panel.
Ian Stark OBE
Now running Equestrian Centre in the Borders. Outstanding medal winning career and past British Team selector for the British 3 day event team. Previously a member of the Disciplinary Panel and a member of the Jockey Club.
An owner, breeder and devotee of horseracing. Wide leadership as well as extensive regulatory and disciplinary experience. Has served as Chair of the Greyhound Regulatory Board and as a Director of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain.