The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) is the newly formed body with responsibility for the governance, regulation and management of the sport of licensed greyhound racing in England, Scotland and Wales.
Effective and operational from 1st January 2009, the GBGB is a single, unified body that has taken on the functions of both the British Greyhound Racing Board and the National Greyhound Racing Club.
The GBGB is a centre for governance, regulation and welfare as well as a lead for commercial development and growth of the sport. It is committed to managing its functions to the highest standards achievable and being efficient, effective and accountable to those that it licenses, and the public.
The Donoughue Report
In 2007, Government gave the sport clear riding instructions with regard to self regulation. It made clear that it required radical and substantial reform and root and branch changes if the sport is to retain its self-regulatory framework.
Greyhound racing took this instruction on board and the British Greyhound Racing Board and National Greyhound Racing Club jointly commissioned the eminent Labour peer, Lord Bernard Donoughue, to carry out an independent review of the greyhound racing industry in Britain. Lord Donoughue was assisted by Patrick Nixon, Secretary of the Bookmakers Committee at the Horserace Betting Levy Board, Clarissa Baldwin (Chief Executive of the Dogs Trust), Jim Cremin (former Greyhound Editor of the Racing Post) and Jim Donnelly (Head of Sport at PA Sport).
Lord Donoughue’s report was published in November 2007. A full version can be read at www.greyhounds-donoughue-report.co.uk . In summary, the comprehensive report recommended that the sport should remain self-regulated but should create a new single entity to conduct the governance, administration, finance and regulation of greyhound racing. Lord Donoughue also made thirty six other recommendations designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of regulation and raise welfare standards still further.