Simon Bazalgette appointed to new post of Chief Executive
1st May 2008
Simon Bazalgette appointed to new post of Jockey Club Chief Executive
The Jockey Club is pleased to announce that Simon Bazalgette has been appointed Chief Executive of The Jockey Club.
Simon Bazalgette, 46, is currently Executive Chairman of Racing UK, the media rights management company and TV channel owned by 30 British racecourses, and Chairman of Racecourse Media Services, the vehicle by which 31 racecourses manage their 50% stake in Turf TV.
The Chief Executive of the Jockey Club
is a new role, reporting directly to the main board of Jockey Club Stewards.
The appointment reflects the intention of The Jockey Club
to become more directly involved in the management of its commercial assets since the divestment of its regulation and governance responsibilities was completed in 2007.
It is expected that Simon Bazalgette
will take up the role in September.
Simon Bazalgette's responsibilities as Chief Executive of The Jockey Club will include chairing the Board of Jockey Club Racecourses, ensuring maximum value is obtained from the group's commercial and media rights, promoting the role of The Jockey Club in the public arena and developing relationships with key players in the racing and betting industries.
The Jockey Club family is comprised of 14 racecourses, among them Cheltenham, Aintree, Newmarket and Epsom Downs
, as well as 5,000 acres of land around Newmarket and Lambourn, including the National Stud
Jockey Club Racecourses
is the largest shareholder in Racing UK
and the largest racecourse shareholder in Turf TV
Julian Richmond-Watson, Senior Steward of the Jockey Club
, said: "Simon
was the outstanding candidate for the role.
With a track record of success in a range of sectors, including racing, Simon
can lead The Jockey Club forward to enable it to fulfil its commercial potential, thereby increasing its contribution to the sport."
said: "I am delighted to have been offered this exciting opportunity.
I believe that this new position will effectively be the leading commercial role in British racing.
In addition to its commercial responsibilities, The Jockey Club
continues to play a unifying role in racing, and I look forward to working closely with the key stakeholders to help secure the sport's health and prosperity going forward."
Andrew Gould added: "I am very pleased that Simon has been appointed Chief Executive of The Jockey Club.
In the four years since the birth of Racing UK
and I have worked closely together and we have established an excellent working relationship.
I am looking forward to working with him in our respective new roles and to an exciting future for The Jockey Club
Previously a Founder Director and Chief Executive of Music Choice Europe plc, Simon Bazalgette joined Racing UK at its inception in May 2004.
has now expanded to six business units, all start up operations which have successfully generated profits and value for its racecourse shareholders.
, of which Bazalgette
is also Founder Director, is a sister channel successfully launched in 2007 providing coverage from 31 British racecourses to over 8,500 betting shops.
In March Simon Bazalgette announced that he would become the Non-Executive Chairman of Racing UK and the company is currently in the process of recruiting a Chief Executive.