Operating under a modern commercial Structure, The Jockey Club is run by a dynamic executive reporting to its Board of Stewards. The historic titles of ‘Stewards’ given to the Board of The Jockey Club are a reminder of its rich 264-year heritage.
Roger Weatherby was elected to The Jockey Club in 2007 and appointed a Steward in 2013. He succeeded Nicholas Wrigley in the role of Senior Steward in July 2014.
He has been Chief Executive of Weatherbys Bank since 2000 and is the Chairman of The Racing Foundation, the new grant-making charity set up to provide funds for charitable causes within and associated to the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries, via British racing’s share of the net proceeds from the sale of the Tote.Previously he was Chairman of The Jockey Club’s charity, Racing Welfare.
Deputy Senior Steward
Andrew Merriam was elected to The Jockey Club in 1997. He is Chairman of Jockey Club Estates and was appointed a Steward, for the second time, in 2008.
Andrew is an independent non-executive board director of the British Horseracing Authority and Chairman of its Stewarding and Disciplinary Policy Committee, having previously been Chairman of its Disciplinary Panel and Regulatory Committee. He has acted as a racecourse steward at Newmarket, Fakenham, Southwell and Yarmouth.
Andrew owns and breeds National Hunt horses to race under rules and in point-to-points.
Andrew is Chairman of his family company, a West Country-based building supplies business, and a director of a number of other companies, including Fakenham Racecourse.
Julia Budd was elected to The Jockey Club in 2008 and appointed a Steward in 2012.
She is a founding partner of The Zygos Partnership, the international search firm and a non-executive director Sandown Park Racecourse, a Trustee of the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) and a racecourse steward at Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Windsor.
Previously Julia was with executive search firm Egon Zehnder International, where she ran the Board Practice, focusing on Chairman and non-executive director appointments. She has also been a Senior Consultant at Bain and Company and a non-executive director of Wilson Connolly plc until its agreed takeover by Taylor Woodrow.
Julia has been a member of racing syndicate Highclere since it started, with stakes in horses in training with William Haggas, Michael Bell, Andrew Balding and Richard Hannon. She is a member of the Thurloe jumps syndicates, with horses in training with Philip Hobbs and Alan King.
The Lord Daresbury
Peter Daresbury was elected to The Jockey Club in 1984 and was appointed a Steward in 2013.
He is Chairman of Stellar Diamonds plc, Nasstar plc, Mallett plc and North West Business Finance Ltd and a non-executive director of Bespoke Hotels Ltd and Rusant Ltd, and a member of the Fleming Family and Partners Private Equity Investment Committee.
From 1997 to 2000 he was Chief Executive of the Greenalls Group and non-executive Chairman of The De Vere Group plc from 2000 to 2006. He was also non-executive Chairman of Kazakhgold Group Ltd from 2005 to 2007 and Executive Chairman of Highland Gold from 2002 to 2004.
Nicholas Jones was appointed a Member of The Jockey Club in 2007 and became a Steward in 2011.
Nicholas retired as Vice-Chairman of investment bank, Lazard, in 2010. He was also previously Chairman of The National Stud from 1991 to 2000, Deputy Chairman and senior independent director of Ladbrokes plc, non-executive director of Candover Investments plc and non-executive director of Newbury Racecourse plc.
At his Coln Valley Stud in Gloucestershire, Nicholas currently has eight broodmares. He also has several horses in training; his most notable have included Silk Petal, Star Tulip, Scarlet Runner and Ringaroses.
The Hon Peter Stanley
Peter Stanley was elected a Member of The Jockey Club in December 2001 and became a Steward in 2014.
He owns and manages New England Stud in Newmarket, where he has been in residence since 1983. He bred Maarek, the winner of the 2013 Prix de l’Abbaye. He is Chairman of the Jockey Club Rooms and the New Astley Club, which provides facilities and services to Stable and Stud staff.
He is also a non-executive board director of Jockey Club Estates and was previously on the board of The National Stud, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and the Animal Health Trust.
Mike Street OBE
Mike Street was elected a Member of The Jockey Club in December 2011 and became a Steward in 2014.
He retired as Director of Customer Services and Operations and as a member of the main board of British Airways in 2005 following a distinguished 42-year career with the airline. He became Chairman of The Jockey Club’s Sandown Park Racecourse in 2013, after more than five years as Chairman of Kempton Park Racecourse.
He is also Chairman of the ACT Foundation and non-executive director of WSH Group Ltd and Hall & Woodhouse.