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Delia Bushell's troubled tenure at the head of the Jockey Club has ended in extraordinary and sensational circumstances after an independent barrister upheld allegations centred around the bullying of colleagues, the use of racist comments and sharing offensive material.

"As part of this review, an independent barrister interviewed 19 witnesses, including Delia. He submitted a detailed report to a sub-committee of the board comprising Dido Harding, Julia Budd and Justin Dowley on Sunday 23rd August, in which he concluded that there was evidence to support a number of the allegations of misconduct, including bullying behaviour towards colleagues, inappropriate racist comments and sharing offensive materials.

Typycal behaviour of the tyrannical elites I'd say MischiefMischief

Just another day at the office for that bint probably.
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Report mrcombustible August 30, 2020 8:03 PM BST
Johnson's Dildo of the Jockey Club is also mentioned. I thought she was too busy ****g up track and trace to have time for this.
Report leif August 30, 2020 8:17 PM BST
reckons she was left with no option than to leave.

No darling, you were slung out on your ear Laugh
Report Kriskin August 30, 2020 9:21 PM BST
TV presenter Clare Balding said: “This is a terrific appointment for racing. Delia will bring energy, imagination, intelligence and a huge knowledge of the media and sports rights world.

“She will help racing look ahead, work out where it wants to be in 10, 20 years time and, most importantly, get there.”
Report GEORGE.B August 30, 2020 9:33 PM BST
"sharing offensive materials"

hmmm, whatever could these be?

I mean, what's offensive to one person may not be offensive to another.

I'm going to presume we're not talking underwear here.
Report mrcombustible August 31, 2020 7:33 AM BST
Delia Bushell's resignation letter in full
Dear Board of Stewards,

I am writing to convey my sense of shock and sadness at my treatment by the Jockey Club, and to tender my resignation with immediate effect.

I was appointed into a highly challenging change-agent role in an organisation and industry that is deeply resistant to change. As our Board of Stewards, you were clear in your instructions to me, repeatedly, that I deliver rapid transformation, despite unsuccessful attempts by the Board to engender this in recent years, and then despite the additional headwinds created by the Covid crisis. When I arrived in Autumn 2019, Sandy Dudgeon instructed me to make an immediate change in ‘tone and pace’ both internally and externally. I was regularly congratulated by the Board on the quality of strategic work being produced and told that, if I was ruffling feathers as we progressed, that usually meant I was “doing the right thing”.

In July, as we began to implement a full restructure of the business, an employee whose role is impacted by the proposed restructure raised a grievance against me, with 22 allegations encompassing everything from victimisation to a lack of phone calls from me. You instructed a supposedly independent barrister to look into these, and then this confidential matter was leaked to the press from within the Jockey Club, with clear intent to undermine my position and harm me.

This grievance process, and the management of the broader situation created by it, have been fundamentally mishandled by the Board of Stewards. The Board’s engagement with me has been disingenuous and focused on protecting its own interests at my expense.

The Board purports to be upholding fairness in its management of the grievance, but this is not the case: the process followed was both flawed and biased. There is nothing fair about a process in which the testimony of myself and my witnesses is largely disregarded or discredited on the grounds that they “may not be objective”, while the evidence of collusion by a number of male witnesses, all senior executives in the Jockey Club, both ahead of the filing of the grievance and during the investigation process itself, is ignored by your barrister.

Several witnesses contacted me to express their concerns about the barrister’s lack of impartiality and their impression that the line of questioning was designed to achieve a particular outcome. They suggested that the process appeared a deeply unpleasant ‘stitch up’ and advised that I walk away from the Jockey Club immediately.

Your barrister’s conclusions also seem designed to eliminate any reference to, or criticism of, the role that the Board of Stewards itself has played in creating the conditions in which this grievance was raised, or of the previous failures of various Board members to protect me in the face of discriminatory behaviour towards me. In the investigation interview itself, the barrister told me that he had been instructed by Julia Budd to ‘keep the Board of Stewards out of it’, and that I could not call on Board members as witnesses. In the conclusions section of the investigation report, any piece of evidence related to a member of the Board, however material it was in evidencing the facts or context of events, has been ignored. This includes, for example, the Board members’ own repeated criticisms of members of the JCR Board and of the prior Group and JCR CEOs, and instructions to more proactively performance manage JCR Board members, or indeed to discipline or ‘remove’ them. Also entirely absent from the report’s conclusions is any mention of the evidence I supplied of the Jockey Club’s extensive history of staff raising grievances, and of a male-dominated organisation that has a troubling history of ignoring serious complaints against senior men and which seeks to discredit and ostracise anyone challenging its status quo.

The supposedly confidential scrutiny of this grievance was breached just before your barrister delivered his conclusions with a leak of information about this matter to the Sunday Times and, shortly before, to the Racing Post. Tellingly, your public relations strategy included withholding from me any communication from the Sunday Times, even though that newspaper’s journalist had emailed a request to share her communication with me. On learning of this, you instructed me not to defend myself against the leaked allegation.

I have been subjected to unmerited, dishonourable, bullying behaviour by people I previously held in high regard and trusted. I clearly cannot rely on the trust and confidence of the Board, which has once again allowed the long-standing discriminatory undertones of the Jockey Club to prevail. Given the toxicity of the working environment I find myself in, the predetermination of the disciplinary and the clear and ongoing threats to my reputation, I have no choice but to accept the repudiatory conduct described in this letter and to resign with immediate effect. I reserve all of my rights.

I note that this report did not uphold the complaint of bullying, nor of 15 other allegations. I do not accept the barrister’s findings in relation to the other allegations.

I hope the Board of Stewards will reflect at length on their conduct during this sad process, on the culture they have presided over at the Jockey Club for many years, and on the impact created by their mismanagement of a collusive series of allegations by someone who felt threatened by a change management process that they themselves had required. While I do not claim to be perfect in all that I have done, nothing in my conduct has merited what I have experienced over the past two months and it causes me sadness that I will no longer have the opportunity to support and mentor some of the excellent colleagues that I have had the opportunity to work with over the past year.

I hope that the next Jockey Club Group CEO receives the real support they need to deliver this programme of much-needed change.

Yours sincerely,

Delia Bushell

Group Chief Executive

The Jockey Club
Report elisjohn August 31, 2020 7:51 AM BST
johnsons dido, LaughLaughLaugh, ****es up everywhere she is
Report Facts August 31, 2020 8:42 AM BST
Yep. Dido Harding is a out and out selfish careerist. Her track record is appalling, but as usual with these people
she ' big's up '  the ' achievemts' on her CV and obtains another top post in the next organisation.
She is a serial failure.
And now she's been appointed ( by Hancock), to be the head of the replacement to what was Public Health England.

A disaster in the making.
Report Gordon63 August 31, 2020 9:07 AM BST
whatever the rights and wrongs of this particular case, it's further evidence (if any were needed) that the various organisations which are supposed to lead (SIC) horse racing in UK are NOT FIT FOR's high time that people with no baggage, no privilege and no previous employment history (paid or unpaid) with BHA, JC, RCA, ROA, ITV, SKY, RTV, RP, were given the opportunity for their voices to be's laughable (if it weren't so serious) that each party in this case accuses the other of bullying!!!  it's going to be very interesting to see the public reaction to racing once we can get back on course but I fear with increased unemployment, lower sponsorship, fewer owners/trainers/horses and god forbid courses, that the outlook is not positive and these clowns in charge of these various organisations are only going to exacerbate...sad times indeed
Report Lampus August 31, 2020 10:07 AM BST
Chris Grayling have been mention for her jobCryCry
Report elisjohn August 31, 2020 10:09 AM BST
Report salmon spray August 31, 2020 10:20 AM BST
Chris Grayling and Dildo Harding are the right people to lead The Jockey Club into the 19th century.
Report truehoncho August 31, 2020 11:04 AM BST
sharing offensive materials"

hmmm, whatever could these be?

I mean, what's offensive to one person may not be offensive to another.

I'm going to presume we're not talking underwear here.
  ---  Maybe it was the jockey clubs prize money proposals. They are quite offensive!
Report leif August 31, 2020 9:26 PM BST
The jockey club have responded to Bushell's letter.

Anyone kind enough to post their response here?
Report leif August 31, 2020 9:32 PM BST
sharing offensive materials"

could be that Hitler bunker meme if I were to take a punt
Report penzance August 31, 2020 9:48 PM BST
other sporting bodies are looking into
this,it seems.(RP)
Report Charlton2005 August 31, 2020 9:53 PM BST
Typycal behaviour of the tyrannical elites I'd say

could not agree more
Report leif August 31, 2020 10:02 PM BST
Has to be a fair amount of mileage in this acrimonious departure before it fizzles out.

'She' has all bar accused the inner sanctum of closing shop on any female and boardroom  presence that may profer change.

'She' may have gone off half-cocked in her approach to changing the male dominated landscape despite feeling she was part of the process to introduce changes to a very insular and male dominated 'club'.

Sad state of affairs amid times when racing is facing a very uncertain future and yet you have these highly paid elitist muppets waging private wars Plain
Report mrcombustible September 1, 2020 7:55 AM BST
The offensive material related to a joke about Susan Boyle
Report Latalomne September 1, 2020 8:08 AM BST
Some people are offended by absolutely anything these days.  Back in the day, "offensive" could be substituted with "funny".  Some things are just funny.  Too many people have lost the ability to laugh at themselves, which is a shame as it's a strong personality trait.
Report elisjohn September 1, 2020 8:33 AM BST
offensive material is a JOKE , my god whats happening, this country really has gone to STEPFORD WIFES hasnt it.
Report scrabbler September 1, 2020 11:40 AM BST
The Times seems to have a detailed account :
Report Cash Is King September 1, 2020 4:11 PM BST
The Times has a paywall.

This is what was written:

Jockey Club chief Delia Bushell lost job over Black Lives Matter remark

The boss of the Jockey Club lost her job over remarks she made about Black Lives Matter, The Times has discovered.

Delia Bushell, 48, was proposing that racing should support the movement but she cited a black conservative activist who had described George Floyd as a criminal.

She was also found to have shared a tasteless meme with a sexual reference to Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer from Britain’s Got Talent.

The Jockey Club chief executive resigned at the weekend over what she claimed was a flawed disciplinary process by the business, which has accused her of bullying, racism and sharing inappropriate material.

A complaint about her had been lodged by Tom Manners, the group sales and marketing director of the main commercial racecourse organisation.

Ms Bushell accused the Jockey Club of a “deeply unpleasant stitch-up”. It said that her position was untenable after an inquiry, conducted by an employment barrister, confirmed behaviour amounting to “gross misconduct”, which she has denied.

The allegation of racism is understood to have arisen from a conversation between senior executives about how to respond to Black Lives Matter in the days after Mr Floyd’s death in May.

Ms Bushell was said to have suggested writing to all staff in support of the movement. One executive said that this might look like virtue signalling and it would be better to make actual changes.

The chief executive, who is regarded by sporting figures as supportive of diversity, then described how there had been a variety of responses to the death. She cited Candace Owens, who said that Mr Floyd, who died in US police custody, was a criminal.

The sharing of the inappropriate material happened during the lockdown when Ms Bushell and colleagues had a discussion about joke memes. She is understood to have said that she had been sent a tasteless one about Boyle and agreed to share it with others on the call.

These incidents were one-offs. The Jockey Club, though, has said that the independent review had looked at a wide range of allegations about Ms Bushell’s conduct and the board found that it was untenable for her to continue in the role she had held for a year. Racing sources have also suggested that Ms Bushell contacted witnesses before they were spoken to by Jack Mitchell, the specialist employment barrister who conducted the inquiry.

It is understood that this suggestion was disputed at the time. Ms Bushell had been invited to nominate witnesses and she spoke to one to ask if they were willing to give evidence, unaware that this might be frowned upon.

Ms Bushell said in her resignation letter that the grievance against her had come from an employee whose role was affected by a proposed restructuring.

Mr Manners, 55, from Warwick, was recruited by the Jockey Club as group brand development director in 2012 from the casino and bingo empire Gala Coral. It is understood that Ms Bushell’s expressed desire for a young and modern approach to marketing may have been regarded by employment lawyers as evidence of potential age discrimination.

Racing sources defended the Jockey Club by pointing to the extent of its inquiry, which took evidence from 19 internal and external witnesses and lasted several weeks.

The full board unanimously accepted that there was a basis for disciplinary action and Ms Bushell’s exit was being discussed when she suddenly resigned.

Ms Bushell and Mr Manners declined to comment.
Report elisjohn September 1, 2020 4:54 PM BST
manners what a 1st class w oker
Report truehoncho September 2, 2020 12:04 AM BST
I am not defending her as I have no clue as to whether or not she has been stitched up. Unfortunately for her when you get establishment stooges like Dido Harding on the review panel its only going one way. A complete yes woman.
Report Try My Best September 2, 2020 12:04 AM BST
Organisations inundated with pc, left wing lesbian militants who hate freedom of speech and who can't take a joke. The gentle creep creep of these utter morons dictating to everyone on a daily basis is beyond the pale. She's better off out. This snowflake hug everybody society makes me puke.
Report truehoncho September 2, 2020 12:23 AM BST
Try My Best, I think what she is insinuating is that the head honcho's at the JC used political correctness too get her out. However I don't disagree with you (but I have no evidence that you are right-for PC purposes).
Report elisjohn September 2, 2020 8:29 AM BST
try my best, makes me sick as well.
Report elisjohn September 2, 2020 9:03 AM BST
bullying behaviour means probably a boss telling an employee what to do  these days  , racist comment  means i dont like soul music, and sharing offensive materials,  you cant    show a friend anything not woke
Report screaming from beneaththewaves September 2, 2020 3:19 PM BST
Christ, what a shower! Bushell, Manners, the lot of them. They just can't seem to see a hole in the road without wanting to dive headfirst into it.

It didn't seem to occur to any of them to worry that their sport is currently vanishing before their eyes. No. Sod that. Too difficult. I know! Let's have an argument about racism instead.

Still. Always a pleasure to see the privileged making arses of themselves.
Report Happy Valley September 2, 2020 3:51 PM BST
Screaming - good to see you here

I normally very sober and decent judge and insider and someone I have much time for over the years, messaged me today and strongly cautioned me against feeling sorry for Ms Bushell at all, after I put up a post sympathetic to her on Twitter. Quite the opposite was the suggestion. Rejoice!
Report momontai September 2, 2020 4:00 PM BST
Sandy D
Report momontai September 2, 2020 4:01 PM BST
Sandy D
Report Happy Valley September 2, 2020 4:34 PM BST
Momentai - Sandy D??? I think I should know what you mean but I can't think!!!!
Report impossible123 September 2, 2020 6:55 PM BST
Wow! An inference or insinuation of that ilk ie non-politically correctness can get someone sacked or forced to resign. I'd have supported Ms Bushell on bringing in someone younger with a modern approach to marketing - what is wrong with that? Big companies do that all the time; new approach stimulates new interest, etc. The sport is spiralling into an abyss, and the present souls at the JC do not seem to have picked=up on it (yet).

Dido Harding presided over the biggest "leak" of customer data at Talk-Talk, if memory serves. Talk-Talk was also one of the very worst providers of home broadband when she was at the helm.
Report mrcombustible September 2, 2020 8:40 PM BST
From Private Eye

EYEBROWS were raised last week at the choice of Dido Harding to run the new National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP), given her wretched record with track-and-trace.
But seasoned Dido-watchers weren’t surprised. For the most striking feature of this ex-jockey’s career is a talent for changing horses in mid-stream, seldom staying long enough to shoulder the blame for disasters:

1995: After a stint as a trainee management consultant at McKinsey, 27-year-old Dido gets her first proper job: marketing director, no less, at Thomas Cook. “Thomas Cook spends a long time contemplating its navel,” an exec from a rival firm tells Marketing Week. “It is in character for it to recruit a consultant rather than a doer.” Harding takes the criticism in her stride: “It is common for consultants to be thought of as eggheads who don’t know what they’re doing. I want to prove I can do things before the label sticks.”

1997: Interviewed by Travel Trade Gazette, Harding makes a virtue of her ignorance. “I am not ashamed to say I do not know the travel industry as well as my colleagues. But in a team I think I bring a new perspective.”

1998: When she was hired, Thomas Cook said Harding would “look at the future for the business in five to 10 years’ time”. But after four years she is off, moving to employment services group Manpower as “senior vice-president, strategic marketing Europe”.

1999: Time for another change of horses: Harding becomes commercial director of struggling retail group Woolworths.

2000: After less than a year she gallops off to join Tesco as “commercial director for value added foods”.

2004: She is now Tesco’s “international support director”, responsible for its overseas ventures. In 2003, Dido told the Guardian that she hopes “still to be with Tesco in five years’ time”. So, inevitably…

2007: Dido deserts Tesco for arch-rivals Sainsbury: after an obligatory few months of gardening leave, in March 2008 she starts work as head of Sainsbury convenience stores. But not for long.

2009: In December, Harding announces she will join TalkTalk as chief executive in March 2010.

2011: TalkTalk incurs a £3m fine from Ofcom for sending thousands of customers inaccurate bills. The firm has to shell out a further £2.5m in refunds. During her time at TalkTalk she twice wins the Daily Mail’s wooden spoon award for providing “the worst customer service in the UK”.

2014: Dido’s old university chum David Cameron gives her a seat in parliament as a Tory peer.

2015: Cyber-criminals access the financial and personal details of more than 150,000 TalkTalk customers. Asked if the data was encrypted or not, chief executive Baroness Harding sighs: “The awful truth is that I don’t know.” Almost 100,000 customers leave TalkTalk and profits are halved.

2017: Harding leaves TalkTalk to try her hand at “public service activities”. She becomes chair of NHS Improvement, responsible for overseeing all NHS hospitals, but tells MPs on the health select committee: “I have not worked in health and social care and would be the first to admit I have a lot to learn about the sector.” She also airily rejected the MPs’ call to resign the Tory whip while holding what should be an independent post. Then along comes Covid…

2020: Following her brief, calamitous spell as track-and-trace supremo, Lady H is to chair the new NIHP. Matt Hancock dismisses MPs’ mutterings about her lack of health credentials, assuring ITV News she has “excellent experience”. Indeed, by her previous standards three years at the NHS probably do count as a wealth of experience. With Dido on board, the NIHP can now look to the future as confidently as, say, Thomas Cook or Woolworths...
Report impossible123 September 2, 2020 9:05 PM BST
It's not what you know but who you know. And, her career is a classic case of jobs for cronies. I guess this is one occasion drifting from one job to the next has not damaged her career; the golden handshake from each of the job she's left,...that I do envy. I thought she was out-of-her-depth during the Covid briefings.
Report Gordon63 September 3, 2020 9:47 AM BST
todays britain - still far too many from specific backgrounds in positions of power and influence with no discernible qualifications or talent other than manners and speaking in a certain way...wasn't the JC supposed to be moving away from this 'class' more than 20 years ago?? personally i would make the position of non-executive director illegal in all bodies/industries, worst example being remuneration committees blindly approving bonues/monumental benefits for CEOs etc and then receiving the same in return

horseracing in UK is clearly not in safe hands - oh for some proper journalists and some proper debate
Report geoff m September 3, 2020 10:41 AM BST
Must be some sort of world beater in having high powered jobs she knows fook all about
Report salmon spray September 3, 2020 11:16 AM BST
The really worrying thing is that this useless prat is going to protect us all from covid.
Bushell may be no saint but if Harding is against her I am on her side.
Report impossible123 September 3, 2020 4:42 PM BST
Just realised Ms Dido Harding is married to a Conservative MP who was a former minister. I'm no sexist however, if plonkers like Williamson and Jenrick can hold ministerial positions in the present government Ms Harding could be too despite her lack of proper CV; her stewardship of Talk-Talk was incredibly poor.
Report elisjohn September 3, 2020 5:30 PM BST
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Bill Esterson
Dido Harding is a Tory peer & ran discredited, centralised test & trace. She has been appointed to run the body which will replace Public Health England (PHE). Her husband, Tory MP John Penrose is a board member of a think tank which called for PHE to be abolished. Join the dots!
Report leif September 3, 2020 5:58 PM BST
Bosses in charge of the coronavirus testing system have apologised after it emerged UK labs were struggling to keep up with demand.

Some people are being asked to travel hundreds of miles to get tested.

UK labs were described as "maxed out" after a rise in demand - 170,000 tests a day are being processed, up from 100,000 in mid June.

Baroness Dido Harding, head of NHS Test and Trace in England, said she was "very sorry" for the situation.

The bint is feckin cursed LaughCrazy
Report ImSoLuckyLucky! September 3, 2020 6:03 PM BST

Report impossible123 September 3, 2020 6:14 PM BST
How can anyone allow Ms Dido Harding be in charge of Covid testing during the most unprecedented time the country has ever experienced is beyond me? She's no medical qualification or experience in the field.

Look at the mess the head honcho of WHO got himself into? Similar to Ms Dido Harding he's no medical qualification or experience either. Have this government not learned from his lack of qualification for the post? At the most unprecedented time the world has ever faced two professionally "blinded" individuals leading the "sighted" professionals.

Ms Dido Harding is not even good at management either.
Report Lampus September 3, 2020 6:36 PM BST
PM  Cummimgs  did say he wanted weirdos and those with low IQs
in charge of the Country
Report elisjohn September 3, 2020 6:58 PM BST
dildo, what the hell was she doing on this panel in the 1st place, really is a ( nothing case in the world scheme of things isnt it), while track and trace is a shambles , so how could she spend time reviewing this case
Report impossible123 September 3, 2020 7:38 PM BST
I think it's a reverse psychology thing. We know there'll be an enquiry about the handling of Covid on the government thus appointing a non-entity with a discernible track record like Ms Harding the blame game in progress. Ms Harding is highly unsuited to the role and tasks that will be upon her in due course.
Report mrcombustible September 5, 2020 2:46 PM BST
Old boys ‘coup’ ousted Jockey Club boss Delia Bushell
Ben Ellery
Saturday September 05 2020, 12.01am, The Times
Delia Bushell resigned after an inquiry into alleged misconduct
Delia Bushell resigned after an inquiry into alleged misconduct
It is horse racing’s most esteemed organisation, governed by royal charter and with the Queen as its patron.

So when the Jockey Club’s newly appointed chief executive resigned after a senior executive lodged complaints of gross misconduct it rocked the sport.

Baroness Harding was involved in the process
An investigation by The Times into the departure of Delia Bushell, 48, the high-flying former Sky and BT executive, has uncovered allegations that her ousting was part of an “old boys’ coup”, with a network of connections between the club and leading political figures.

The complaints against Ms Bushell were made against a background of petitioning by a small but determined group of “backbench” members who were upset at what they perceived as her “sharp manner”.

A source said: “There is a feeling that this had been planned for months by senior members of the club who did not agree with her being the new broom.”

It is the latest revelation in the saga surrounding the departure of Ms Bushell a year into the job after taking over from Simon Bazalgette.

In her resignation letter last week Ms Bushell said she was the victim of a “deeply unpleasant stitch-up” over what she claimed was a flawed disciplinary process, which accused her of bullying, racism and sharing inappropriate material.

The Times can reveal Baroness Harding of Winscombe, the Conservative peer heading the NHS Test and Trace programme, was present during the online meeting when Ms Bushell was told the results of the inquiry into her conduct.

The intervention by a key political figure is by no means the club’s only connection with leading members of the Tory party. The Times has established that it commissioned Tulchan Communications to oversee the PR for Ms Bushell’s departure.

Lord Feldman of Elstree, the party’s former chairman described by the Financial Times as “David Cameron’s oldest political friend”, is a managing partner at the company and worked personally on the case.

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He helped draft a press response to the letter, which said that the inquiry had found evidence of “bullying behaviour towards colleagues, inappropriate racist comments and sharing offensive materials”.

Ms Bushell was appointed through the headhunting firm SRI Executive in September. A page on the company’s site, since deleted, trumpeting the announcement, said: “Just like a champion hurdler, she thrives on overcoming new obstacles.”

At the time, Sandy Dudgeon, the club’s senior steward — effectively the chairman — praised Ms Bushell’s experience “at the top of media, sport, technology and business management”.

The club owns more than a dozen racecourses, including Aintree, employs 650 people and in 2018 made operating profits of £48 million, which went back into the sport.

The Jockey Club is horse racing’s most esteemed organisation
The Jockey Club is horse racing’s most esteemed organisation
Ms Bushell had been given the position over Nevin Truesdale, a board member and the chief financial officer, who was made acting chief executive after her departure.

It is understood that not long after her appointment, a small group from the club’s 168 elected members shared concerns with Mr Dudgeon and his deputy Julia Budd about Ms Bushell.

A source said: “The word that kept being used about her was ‘belittling’. Her manner was felt to be ‘sharp’ and there were claims that some of her staff were close to a nervous breakdown.

“But she could perhaps rightly argue that she had been brought in to shake things up and people who were affected by her modernisation were bound to feel their noses were out of joint.”

Mr Dudgeon and Ms Budd dismissed these claims and a source said that with Ms Bushell gone, the pair, who had previously enjoyed good reputations among members, felt “vulnerable”.

Rancour towards Ms Bushell was further heightened during the negotiations with ITV over the rights to screen races at courses owned by the club.

When she took over the deal was “all but done”, but Ms Bushell, who had been hired because of her experience overseeing BT’s £1 billion TV and sport division, decided the club should approach other broadcasters.

The decision infuriated executives at ITV and members of the club who were anxious about souring relations with the broadcaster.

ITV sent a legal letter to racing chiefs and withheld a quarterly payment shortly after meetings were suspended because of the pandemic.

The situation was resolved after Ms Bushell resigned from the Racecourse Media Group, which handles TV rights negotiations on behalf of venue owners, in May and a deal with ITV was subsequently struck, on improved terms to the previous deal with the broadcaster.

Not long afterwards a complaint was made.

Jack Mitchell, a barrister specialising in employment law, was brought in to oversee an inquiry and interviewed 19 witnesses, including Ms Bushell.

On August 23 he submitted his report to the sub-committee, including Lady Harding and found six of the 22 allegations were upheld. The following day Ms Budd and Lady Harding revealed the result of the inquiry to Ms Bushell.

The club had been in discussions with Ms Bushell planning her exit but the following Sunday she wrote her resignation letter alleging “collusion by a number of male witnesses, all senior executives in the Jockey Club”.

Ms Bushell declined to comment.

In a statement, the club said: “Following the conclusion of a thorough and independent review into the behaviours of Delia Bushell and her treatment of colleagues it was clear that she could not continue in her role of CEO and the board accepted her resignation.

“The Jockey Club is certain that the decisions reached were done so fairly and properly, and based on evidence. Serious allegations were made against Delia and her behaviour which The Jockey Club Board felt were sufficiently serious to warrant an independent investigation into the matters raised.”

Tulchan Communications declined to comment.

Report elisjohn September 15, 2020 7:18 AM BST
dildo  making a right mess of her latest isnt sheCry
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