New CEO and Breed Director for the TBA

The Council of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA), have announced the appointment of Kevin Woolward as the Chief Executive Officer, and Peter Gibson the Director of Breed Affairs and Public Relations

Both appointments are effective 1st September 2014.  Jan Naude will stand down as CEO at the end of August.  This marks the retirement of Jan Naude after 18 years and, on behalf of the whole breeding industry, I thank him for his service over all the years.  Jan will act as Consultant to the CEO until the end of 2014 thereby ensuring a smooth transition over the end of the current financial year.

kevin woolward

Kevin Woolward new CEO

Kevin Woolward joined the TBA earlier this year and has made an immediate impact with the adoption of policy and control procedures.  Kevin’s formal qualifications are B.Compt and MBL.  Kevin is a member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants and the Turnaround Management Association of Southern Africa.  He is also a registered Tax Practitioner.  Kevin spent over twenty years with Croda SA, the local subsidiary of Croda International, including seven years as Financial Director and six years as Managing Director.  In recent years Kevin has worked as a freelance consultant to a number of business including Reckitt Benckiser.  Kevin has been a lifelong follower of racing and is a keen studier of bloodlines.

Peter Gibson

Peter Gibson appointed Director of Breed Affairs and Public Relations

Peter Gibson joins us following the closure of Horseracing South Africa (Pty) Ltd and the subsequent dispersal of Kenilworth Quarantine Station which he managed since 2003.  Apart from his intimate involvement with the development and promotion of South Africa’s international export ambitions, Peter has built up an unparalled breadth of knowledge of the breeding and racing industries in South Africa and on the global stage, with a widespread network of contacts locally and internationally.  The Association has long been in need of someone to drive forward the interests of breeders in general – veterinary liaison, government relations, industry liaison, training, seminars, grooms co-ops, breeder liaison, etc, and we are fortunate indeed to have Peter join us at this time.  His Breed Affairs role will be combined with a Public Relations role covering BSA’s client relations and marketing (in conjunction with the CEO) including representing BSA’s interests as a Director on the SA Equine Trade Council.

Council are confident that in these two men, we have the skills, knowledge and leadership to take our Association forward to the benefit of the breeding industry.

 Susan Rowett, Chairman TBA

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