Philippa Cooper, who was recently appointed Deputy Chairman of the TBA, has resigned from her position and from the TBA Board following a meeting on Wednesday.

Explaining her decision, she said: “A valuable opportunity to expand Normandie Stud has arisen quite unexpectedly, and I quickly realised that I needed to devote myself exclusively to this project. It is, therefore, with reluctance, that I tendered my resignation.”

TBA Chairman Julian Richmond-Watson, who was appointed to succeed Richard Lancaster at the AGM on July 7, commented: “It is with sadness that the board accepted Philippa’s resignation.

“She is passionate about the industry and in the relatively short time on the board she has made a valuable contribution to Board debates as well as giving her support to a number of the TBA’s initiatives.”

A new Deputy Chairman will be appointed in August but Cooper’s position on the Board will remain vacant until the next election in 2016.