BBA Shipping and Transport Ltd — staff profiles
Kevin Needham

Kevin Needham
Managing Director

Kevin joined the BBA in 1988 after graduating from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has been Director of BBA Shipping & Transport since 2001. Whilst he is principally responsible for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, India and South Africa operations he also oversees the company’s shipments to and from the rest of the world.

In Kevin’s spare time he enjoys racing his Ducati motorcycle, driving his Austin Healey sports car, and hunting and shooting in the Newmarket countryside.

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Sandra Read

Sandra Read
Transport Manager

Sandra has worked for the BBA since 1994. Having grown up around thoroughbreds it was inevitable that Sandra would pursue a career in the bloodstock industry. She initially joined the BBA to work in the pedigree department, and as a secretary in the bloodstock section gained substantial knowledge of the racing industry.

When moving to the BBA Shipping department in 2001, Sandra became responsible for the European imports and exports and the road haulage operation. Sandra has been involved in the shipping of numerous winners, both flat and National Hunt, all over Europe. Pakistan and Turkey and now deals with all international runners.

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Cathy May

Cathy May
Account Management

Cathy joined BBA Shipping in July 2012, with a wide and varied background in the accounting world dating back 12 years and gaining AAT qualifications along the way. She has experience in working with client accounts, big and small, and looks forward to building a good rapport with our existing and future customers and suppliers.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Cathy has now settled in Soham after a brief career break to bring up her family. Cathy has a keen interest in racing and is actively involved in her children’s riding clubs.

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Mike Foreman
Horse box driver — CA11 BBA

Mike has been with the BBA since 1999, and leads our team of dedicated and professional box drivers. He spends most of his time abroad travelling horses between Ireland, France, Germany and the UK. Prior to joining BBA Mike worked as stud groom on a Newmarket Stud Farm.

Laura Monger

Laura Monger
Shipping Executive

Laura joined BBA shipping in September 2014. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class BA Hons degree in Equine Sport Science, she spent 4 ˝ years working in London for the now British Horseracing Authority in the Licensing Department. Laura then took a position closer to home and became racing secretary for National Hunt trainer Lawney Hill.

A change in job for her partner saw her move to Bury St Edmunds and she now oversees operations to Kuwait, India, Turkey, South Africa and all international runners.

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Sally Goldsmith

Sally Goldsmith
Shipping Executive

Sally has vast experience in travelling horses all over the world, having been head girl for International Event Rider, Eddie Stibbe, for 15 years. Sally has accompanied horses to Olympic Games and numerous top level events around the globe, including Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and Europe. Her experience in horse shipment was a valuable asset when she joined BBA Shipping & Transport in 2009 and she now oversees Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Sally remains very hands-on in the racing scene, riding out for Newmarket trainer George Margarson every morning before work. Sally also holds a BSC in Equine Science from Writtle College.

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Carlos Campon Alonso
Translator/South American Agent
Traductor/Agente de América del Sur

Carlos has a wealth of experience within the equine world, having spent many years in England, Australia and New Zealand, where he covered all aspects of the breeding and racing industry. He was Assistant Trainer to Brian Jenkins (former Melbourne Cup Winner), Roger James (former New Zealand Trainer of the Year) and spent over 10 years managing the racing, breeding and equestrian operation for Mark Todd. With Carlos’ background it is no wonder that he is an invaluable member of the BBA team — not only is he an accomplished professional flying groom, but his bilingual skills have helped us to liaise with clients in South America, thus broadening our reputation and links across the world. This new-found connection with our clients has helped make our recent shipments to Argentina and Uruguay run smoothly and successfully.

Martin Byrne
Horse box driver — V9 BBA

Martin has been employed by BBA Shipping & Transport as a horsebox driver since 2006. Martin boasts a wealth of experience transporting and handling horses, having worked for Newmarket Racehorse Transport and as a Stud groom and stallion head lad for the Newmarket based Egerton Stud. He holds a BHEST Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Equine Transport.