The chief executive of the Jockey Club, Delia Bushell, has stepped down after an independent inquiry upheld accusations of bullying, racist comments, and the circulation of offensive material. Bushell, who had been in the role since September 2019, resigned on Sunday, 30 August.
The independent Jockey Club barrister interviewed 19 witnesses including Bushell as part of the investigation on allegations on the grounds of ‘gross misconduct’. The appointed barrister also found evidence of witness tampering by the former CEO.
In a letter published in the Racing Post, Bushell said she was shocked and disappointed: “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.”
She also insists her testimony and her witnesses were largely disregarded or discredited on the grounds that they ‘may not be objective’. Bushell admitted she feels as if she has been subjected to ‘unmerited, dishonorable, bullying behavior’ by people she formerly trusted and stated she cannot rely on the confidence of the Board which has allowed the long-standing discriminatory undertones to prevail.