NASS is the Trade Union for Stable Staff and is funded by Part 7 of the BHA Rules of Racing. NASS gives advice, guidance and representation to Stable Staff who have problems in the work place. Associate membership of NASS is free (click here for membership page).NASS represents Stable Staff on a number of racing industry committees. NASS negotiates the minimum rates of pay and working conditions for Stable 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.
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
I have always been around horses and have even been up Warren Hill a few times. I have seen many sides of horse racing from working in yards, owning horses, breeding and prepping a few. I have a strong HR and Recruitment background and am excited about being able to apply my corporate background and training in this role. I am passionate about people being treated fairly, ongoing training and continuous improvement. The industry is in a state of flux and this provides us with many great opportunities and the chance to establish good working practices
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.
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 2017.
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
South: Louisa Allan, Joanna Cody-Boutcher, Richard Farmer
North: Georgia Morrill, Katie Nolan
West: Kat Reynolds (Vice-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