Following announcements about its new regional structure, Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the largest racecourse group in the UK, confirmed its new Board of Directors yesterday.
The Board is chaired by Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club and Chairman of JCR, supported by Paul Fisher, JCR’s Group Managing Director.
JCR’s four new Regional Directors join the Board, who are collectively responsible for all racecourses in the Group, reporting to Paul Fisher. This replaces the current position where four racecourse heads from within the Group sit on the Board on a two-year rotation. This now means every JCR course will be fully represented.
William Gittus, MD of Jockey Club Estates, joins the board in light of the increasing close collaboration between the two divisions. The other board members have Group-wide roles, either for JCR or more widely The Jockey Club as a whole group.
And just in case you were unsure of the exact role of the JCR then their mission, as stated on their website is:
“To provide leadership using our resources, influence and assets to ensure British horseracing reaches its full potential, in accordance with our objectives in the Royal Charter to act for the good of the sport.
In practice, this means promoting excellence and implementing innovations to drive the long-term success of British racing, supported by investing our profits in the sport and working alongside other parties with the same vision and values wherever possible.”