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The Jockey Club name Nevin Truesdale as Chief Executive

The Jockey club have named Nevin Truesdale as their permanent chief executive following the investigation of former CEO Delia Bushell.

Since the end of August, Truesdale has been the ‘acting’ chief executive as Bushell, former CEO, stepped down following an independent inquiry of allegations of ‘gross misconduct’. Truesdale has helped with the internal reorganisation and has been rewarded with the role on a permanent basis.

“The Jockey Club is full of talented and hardworking women and men who are passionate about the future of British Racing, whether they have come into the industry from a whole range of different sectors or had a career within the sport to date. Said Truesdale.

“I’d like to pay tribute to how our teams have handled the challenges of the pandemic and its impacts so far and I’m confident we will navigate this crisis and on to a very exciting future.”

Before August, Truesdale was The Jockey Clubs’ Group chief financial officer taking care of the commercial and financial aspects of the business. It has been a challenging time for The Jockey Club, dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, however, many behind-closed-doors events have taken place which has enabled bookmakers to accept bets, a key revenue stream for the Jockey Club.

“Over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed strengthening working relationships and making significant progress for the industry with our diverse range of stakeholders and commercial partners.

“Collaboration and strong relationships are so important to delivering success, as is listening to your customers, providing fantastic experiences for all and constantly embracing change and innovation. We’ll be working hard to continue our success in these areas in the years to come.” Truesdale adds.

Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of The Jockey Club, has said: “The Board is delighted to appoint Nevin as our Group Chief Executive. He has demonstrated excellent leadership of the whole business over the last few months and first-class performance as a senior executive over several years.

“He and his senior team have now completed a significant reorganisation programme designed to set The Jockey Club onto a firm footing for innovation, growth and sustainability for the future, and I wish him every success in the role.”

The largest commercial Horse Racing group in the UK, The Jockey Club was awarded a five-year contract to host the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials from 2021.

Ian Renton, Regional Managing Director, commented after winning the tender, “As a company we welcome nearly four million people a year to events at our venues, and our team are excited to put on a fantastic show in keeping with the international prestige of both the horse trials and the palace itself.”

Author: James Parker