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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has roped in Greg Swift, an influential political communicator, as its Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs.

Greg has been working with the government as Head of News and Press Secretary to the Foreign Secretary. He had earlier donned several important roles, including Head of Communications for the Department for Exiting the European Union and at Number 10 as the Prime Minister’s Official Deputy Spokesperson and Head of News.

He will lead a newly restructured Communications and Corporate Affairs department.

Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: “We are delighted to be able to attract someone of Greg’s calibre to this role. Among Greg’s responsibilities will be leading the sport’s liaison with and lobbying of government and senior figures in the national media. The depth of his government contacts and political and media communications experience will be a great asset to the BHA and the sport.”

Greg Swift said: “British horseracing is one of the brightest jewels in the UK’s sporting crown, providing unrivalled entertainment and some of the most memorable moments in sport. I am delighted to be joining the great team at the BHA to deliver on the ambitions shared by all those who are involved in the industry.”