NASS is the Trade Union for Racing Staff and is funded by Part 7 of the BHA Rules of Racing. NASS gives advice, guidance and representation to Racing Staff who have problems in the work place. Associate membership of NASS is free (click here for membership page).NASS represents Racing Staff on a number of racing industry committees. NASS negotiates the minimum rates of pay and working conditions for Racing Staff with the National Trainers Federation. These minimum terms are set out in the Memorandum of Agreement and are binding on all licensed racehorse trainers (click here to access).If you phone the NASS office, you will speak to Debbie Grey, our Office Manager, who will gather some initial information and advise where appropriate. George McGrath is the Chief Executive who runs the Association and reports to the NASS Executive Council. He is also available to deal with any problems that you have at the work place or any complaint that you might want to make about a Racecourse. In all instances please call the office first and your call will be directed appropriately.
Chief Executive: George McGrath
I first became involved in racing through my Dad, who was a jockey. Although I had a few rides on the Flat as an apprentice to Ian Balding and later a few rides under National Hunt rules for Gordon Richards I was never good enough to make it as a professional jockey.In my 25 years in racing I have held a number of jobs such as Headman, Assistant Trainer and, for the last 12 years, Travelling Headman to Willie Musson. I was elected Chief Executive of NASS in May 2012 and took up the post on August 1 that year.I am here to represent you at all times and to uphold your rights as well as campaign for better terms and conditions for all racing staff.
Office Manager: Debbie Grey
During my career I have worked in various industry sectors, but primarily these have centred around Human Resources, Recruitment and Management. I rode out as a teenager whilst studying and have always been interested in racing and horses in general, having bred, owned and competed them since I was 10. I have worked at an Equine Veterinary Hosiptal, as a Stud Secretary both here and in South Africa and also as a Racing Secretary. I like to adopt a positive, proactive approach to problem solving and finding resolutions. I absolutely love the racing industry and hope to be instrumental in ensuring racing staff are treated fairly and according to UK employment law.
Union Learn Project Manager and Sports Coordinator: Kevin Parsons
Having been involved in racing for 17 years full time as an Apprentice, Conditional jockey, Work Rider, Head Lad, Assistant Trainer and Travelling Head Lad, I loved nearly every minute. I have worked for some excellent trainers including Chris Wall, David Loder, Roger Varian and Roger Charlton. In November 2012 I took on the role of Sports Coordinator (click here for Sports page) and Union Learn Project Manager (Click here for Union Learn Page) and I am thoroughly enjoying my job, providing staff with education courses free of charge to help improve their qualifications and transferable skills.
Regional Coordinators:The function of the Regional Coordinators is to inspect facilities at the racecourses and report back to the office with any recommendations or problems.The Regional Coordinators always liaise with the racecourse manager before and after each visit. The main areas of concern are usually the canteen and overnight accommodation. In addition to our 2 Regional Coordinators, in 2016 NASS appointed 9 Racecourse Inspectors who all work in racing as travelling staff to evaluate the racecourses from a staff and equine perspective.
North & Scotland: David Holland
I don’t have a background in racing – just a lifelong love of the sport. I spent 23 years as a Regional Organiser of the Trade Union Unison before taking early retirement. So working as a Regional Coordinator for NASS provides an ideal combination of my leisure interest and my skills and experience.
South & East: Tim Lyle
For 25 years I was an official of the Transport and General Workers Union and at the time of retiring was the National Secretary responsible for the union's civil aviation section. During my employment with the union I was also the official responsible for betting office staff and the TOTE and sat on the industry committee of the British Horseracing Authority. On leaving the TGWU I served as a consultant to the Stable Lads Association and am now providing help and assistance to NASS representing stable staff in dealing with disputes, disciplinary and grievances as well as being the coordinator for meetings of the Epsom Regional Committee. I am also a trustee of the Northern Racing College, a post I have occupied for 20 years.
The Executive Committee:
The Executive Council (EC) is the governing and managing body of NASS. The Chief Executive reports to and takes direction from the EC. If you would like to have your say about the way in which the Association is run then put your name forward to be elected to the EC. Elections take place every 2 years; the next election will be in May 2018.
Only full members of NASS can be elected to the EC and membership of the EC will be for a 2 year period. There are 4 regions: North, South, East, West & Scotland. The EC is made up of 3 representatives from each region. There is also a seat reserved for women and one for ethnic minorities. The EC must meet at least 4 times per year. The current EC is as follows:
East: Ben James, Pete McCulloch
South: Louisa Allan, Richard Farmer, Joanna Cody-Boutcher
North: Katie Nolan, Georgia Morrill
West: Kat Reynolds (President)
To safeguard the interests of NASS, its assets are invested in the joint names of the Trustees. It is then down to the EC how these assets are dealt with. The National Trustees are: Laurie Bell, Dawn Goodfellow, Lord Roy Kennedy and Baroness Ann Mallalieu