The PJA has appointed Jon Holmes, sports agent and racehorse owner, as Acting Chairman for 12 months,
commencing from 1st December. He steps into the role following the departure of Nigel Payne earlier
Jon’s career in sports is long and distinguished, having represented elite sportsmen and women in many
different sports, both in their sporting lives and broadcasting careers for over forty years. He is currently
Managing Director of Jon Holmes Media and has held numerous Chairmanships and Non-Executive roles,
including as Chairman of Leicester City after a consortium including Gary Lineker helped rescue them
from administration in 2003.
Jon has been a racehorse owner for almost 20 years and currently has shares in three horses, two with
Phillip Hobbs and the other with Oliver Signy.
Commenting on accepting the role, Jon Holmes said:
“Most of my business life has involved the representation of sportsmen. I firmly believe that those
involved actively should play a leading role in the advancement of sport. The recent debate about
diversity is one I am keen to pick up and progress. I am honoured to have been asked to take over this
important role at such a difficult time, and very much look forward to working with the team. Nigel Payne will be a difficult act to follow, and on behalf of the association I would like to pay tribute to his tremendous work over the last few years.”
Richard Johnson, PJA Jumps President, said:
“I know Jon well as he’s owned shares in horses with Phillip Hobbs for years, and I’ve ridden more than
25 winners for him. I’m delighted he’s going to be our Chairman for the next year at least – hopefully it
will be for longer – and I believe he’ll be a big asset to us and the PJA team.”
PJ McDonald, PJA Flat President, said:
“We’re very lucky to have the PJA and the team has done a great job this year with everything that’s
been thrown at them. I’ve not had the chance to meet Jon yet but he came highly recommended and
had a CV that ticked of all the boxes we were looking for. I know the team are really looking forward to working with him and I am too."