Jockey Club Venues changes management structure with new appointments

Jockey Club Venues has transformed its regional management structure with a new set of appointments.

Jockey Club Venues changes management structure with new appointments
Jockey Club Venues changes management structure with new appointments

The company's 14 racecourses will be run in four regional clusters: the South West, East, North West, and the three London racecourses. Each area will be headed by a newly-appointed regional director reporting to Paul Fisher, Jockey Club Racecourses' group managing director.

The restructure is designed to encourage collaboration between the venues, including sharing best practice, core values and increasing the effectiveness of sales and marketing. The move is also expected to reduce costs.

The regional directors appointed are:

South West, with responsibility for Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton racecourses: Ian Renton (pictured), currently managing director for Arena Leisure

East, with responsibility for Huntingdon, Market Rasen, Newmarket and Nottingham racecourses: Amy Starkey, currently managing director of Newmarket Racecourses.

North West, with responsibility for Aintree, Carlisle and Haydock Park racecourses: John Baker, currently group director of operations for Jockey Club Racecourses

London, with responsibility for Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park: Rupert Trevelyan, currently managing director of Epsom Downs.

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Renton is set to join Jockey Club Racecourses in October while the other regional directors will start their roles in early September. The structure is expected be fully active by early next year.

Each regional director will run a large racecourse and oversee the performance of the two or three other racecourses in their region, supported by general managers at those locations. Regional directors will also join the JCR Board.

Fisher said: "I'm delighted we've completed this process with four very strong regional directors ready to help take our business forwards, with the support of the talented teams of colleagues we have throughout our Group.

"We have thought carefully about the mix of talent we will have now at regional management level and around the JCR Board table. Regional directors will not just have an important role to play in their regions; together they will influence the Group's whole approach, evolving our venues and engaging further with the conference and events industry."

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