BBA Shipping’s Crew

Kevin Needham, Managing Director of BBA Shipping & Transport

Kevin Needham
Managing Director


Kevin joined the British Bloodstock Agency 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 his Classic cars and country sports. He is married to Leanne and has two daughters, Clara and Tory.


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Cathy May, Account Management, BBA Shipping & Transport

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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Angela Nelson, Administration Assistant, BBA Shipping & Transport

Angela Nelson
Administration Assistant

Angie joined BBA Shipping & Transport in April 2022 as an administration assistant, having worked in racing since leaving school. She started work in Newmarket as a rider, then travelled abroad to work in France and the Macau Jockey Club, staying for a total of 17 years. During this time, she travelled racehorses back and forth from Macau to the Dubai Racing Carnival. She fell in love with Dubai and stayed on to become a racing secretary. After spending another two years there she decided to come home to spend quality time with family and get married. She enjoys spending time walking her dog and loves going racing.


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Sandra Harper, Director, BBA Shipping & Transport

Sandra Harper


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.


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Sarah Hickey, Shipping Executive, BBA Shipping & Transport

Sarah Hickey
Shipping Executive

Sarah joined BBA Shipping in October 2021. After graduating with an honours degree in Equine Science from the University of Limerick, Sarah spent time working on several different stud farms in Ireland. She then moved to Kentucky to work for one of the largest stud farms in the US. She remained in Kentucky for over three years, gaining valuable experience.

Sarah decided to move to the UK in 2016 to take a management role in a thoroughbred farm, with responsibility for overseeing all stud operations. Having developed a strong interest in transport logistics, she decided to join the BBA team, bringing with her a substantial amount of practical knowledge. Sarah enjoys all equine disciplines but follows racing closely.


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Sally Goldsmith, Director, BBA Shipping & Transport

Sally Goldsmith

Japan | Hong Kong | Oceania | South East Asia | Saudi Arabia | Brazil | Argentina | Uruguay

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 South America. 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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Sarah Dugdale, Transport Assistant, BBA Shipping & Transport

Sarah Dugdale
Transport Assistant

Sarah joined the BBA team in 2021. Having grown up in Newmarket with strong family ties to horse racing, it was inevitable that Sarah would end up working within the industry.

She spent several years studying conservation in South Africa before moving on to training horses and working as a horse-riding safari guide in the bush.

On moving back to the UK, horse transportation seemed the natural combination of her knowledge of horses and travel. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys walking her two dachshunds.


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BBA Shipping & Transport flying grooms

BBA Shipping & Transport Ltd would not be able to offer its first class service without its team of highly skilled, experienced and passionate drivers and grooms. Having gained experience in all different aspects of the industry prior to joining BBA Shipping, we can assure that your horse will be transported from A to B in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

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