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McGrath elected first president of Nass by wide margin.

Byline: By Howard Wright

GEORGE McGRATH, travelling head groom for Willie Musson, has been elected the first president of the National Association of Stable Staff by an overwhelming margin.

McGrath polled 211 votes, against the two Lambourn-based candidates Lisa Kozak (61) and Don Stacey (43), in a 20 per cent turnout that Nass chief executive Jim Cornelius described as "high for a postal ballot of this type".

McGrath and Cornelius will now assume day-to-day running of the organisation, before a new executive council is elected over the first three months of 2009.

The revamped organisation of Nass was agreed at September's annual meeting, and Cornelius said: "Electing our first president is a historic first step for the democratisation of Nass.

"The turnout of voters was more than most trade unions obtain for similar ballots, which shows the support there is for Nass, and a greater desire by members to participate in it."

Cornelius added: "George will be a good figurehead and champion for Nass, as he brings together the skills and dedication that so many stable staff have, coupled with a burning desire to improve the position of everyone."

Cornelius said he hoped that Kozak's good showing would encourage her to stand for the executive council.

Nass's precarious funding position, which has been addressed over the last 12 months, has been further improved by the British Horseracing Authority board's recent decision to release pounds 100,000 from a frozen account.

The money will cover Nass running costs for six months until May 2009, and is being front-loaded to provide flexibility, Cornelius said.

He added: "I take this as another sign that the BHA believes Nass has turned the corner as an organisation that is fit for purpose in properly representing stable staff."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2008
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