The Jockey Club employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 3,000 people on an event basis throughout the UK across a diverse range of roles.
Operating under a modern commercial Structure, The Jockey Club is run by a dynamic executive reporting to its Board.
Executive Business Heads
Group Chief Executive Officer
Simon Bazalgette is responsible for the strategic direction and running of The Jockey Club as the leading commercial group in British horseracing – a role he has held since September 2008.
As Group Chief Executive, Simon is responsible for overseeing the maximum commercial return from the group’s assets, for reinvestment back into the sport. He leads The Jockey Club’s involvement in all major industry matters, from the funding to the marketing of British racing, while developing relationships with key figures inside and outside the sport.
Simon is also Chairman of Jockey Club Racecourses. Previously, he was the founding Executive Chairman of media operator Racecourse Media Group and formerly Chief Executive of the Sony, Time Warner and BSkyB digital broadcasting venture, Music Choice Europe. He started his professional life at KPMG.
In 2011, Simon featured as racing’s highest ranking executive in The Times Sport Power 100.
Other appointments currently include:
Non-executive Chairman and Trustee, The Grubb Institute
Non-executive Board Director, Racing for Change
Non-executive Board Director, British Champions Series Limited
Non-executive Board Director, Racing Enterprises Limited
Non-executive Board Director, Racecourse Association
Non-executive Board Director, Racecourse Media Group
Non-executive Board Director, GBI Racing
Group Finance Director
Nevin Truesdale is responsible for all aspects of the Group’s financial planning, reporting and control – a role he has held since August 2013.
As Group Finance Director, Nevin works with its banking and other external partners and contributes to all aspects of strategic and commercial decision-making. Direct reports include The Jockey Club’s Financial Controller, Regional Finance Directors, Shared Finance Centre, Group Purchasing, Payroll and Business Services functions. Nevin is also a director of Jockey Club Racecourses.
Previously he was Finance Director, British Gas Residential Energy, plus Commercial & IT at Centrica PLC having started his professional life with Ernst & Young and spent 5 years with The Automobile Association Ltd. He has been a qualified Chartered Accountant since 1998 and is a Full Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Group Director of Communications
Scott Bowers is responsible for strategic communications across The Jockey Club group.
He joined in May 2010 from leading the sports practice at the world's largest PR agency, Weber Shandwick where his clients included Sochi 2014, Russia's successful bid to host its first ever Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee; MasterCard and its international football, rugby and golf sponsorships; launching the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup bid; and London Wasps Rugby Club and its main sponsor, EMC.
Scott has also advised the De Beers Group of Companies, including the Diamond Trading Company and Diamdel; L'Oréal; Royal Philips Electronics; Pernod Ricard UK; Eli Lilly; FC Shakhtar Donetsk; the European Investment Bank; Dresdner Kleinwort; Merrill Lynch; Royal Bank of Scotland; and General Motors Acceptance Corporation.
In 2008, PR Week identified Scott as a "fast rising star" of the PR industry. Today, he features in the PR Week Power Book as one of the most influential PR professionals in the UK.
Group Managing Director, Jockey Club Racecourses
Paul Fisher is responsible for the performance of the largest racecourse group in the UK, while contributing to the executive management and business strategy of The Jockey Club group.
All Regional Directors across The Jockey Club’s racecourse portfolio and the Group’s Human Resources department, report to Paul.
Paul joined Jockey Club Racecourses in 2000 as Finance Director of its three London racecourses. He was promoted to Managing Director of Kempton Park in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Jockey Club Racecourses.
In 2010, Paul went 'back to the floor' as the Undercover Boss for an episode of Channel 4's hit television documentary series.
Managing Director, The National Stud
Brian O’Rourke is responsible for the management and performance of The National Stud in Newmarket, The Jockey Club’s breeding and education arm.
All departments at the Stud report to Brian and he leads a team of 40 people who are employed in a variety of departments: Stud Administration, Accounts, Training, Marketing, Public Access and practical stud work.
Brian joined The National Stud in October 2008 after working extensively in the Thoroughbred breeding industries of Ireland and the USA.
Chief Executive, Racing Welfare
Dawn Goodfellow has been Chief Executive of The Jockey Club’s charity, Racing Welfare since May 2015. The charity works to provide help to anyone who is in need who works in racing or thoroughbred breeding, irrespective of occupation.