Racing: Savill steps into Lord Wakeham's shoes as member of Tote Board

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PETER SAVILL was yesterday appointed by Home Secretary Jack Straw to serve as the British Horseracing Board's nominee on the Horserace Totalisator Board.

He takes up his two-year appointment on 1 April and, as a member of the Board, will receive a salary of pounds 8,578 a year for one to two days' work a month.

Savill, 50, who is a well-known owner, is the president of the Racehorse Owners' Association and a director of the BHB.

The Tote Board has a chairman and seven members. Five are part-time non- executive members, the other two are executive members.

The chairman and all the members of the Board are appointed by the Home Secretary. Savill takes over from Lord Wakeham who recently resigned from the BHB after being unable to agree with its future strategy.