Andrew Clark appointed Chairman of Warwick Racecourse

25th October 2013

The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British racing, which invests all profits back into the sport, today announced the appointment of Andrew Clark as the new non-executive Chairman of its Warwick Racecourse, effective 1st January 2014.

Andrew Clark has been a non-executive director of Warwick’s racecourse committee since 1st January 2007. Highly successful professionally, his background includes more than 20 years in the hotel industry in a range of management positions in the UK and overseas before founding telecommunications firm Gemini Trading, which was bought by Azzurri Communications, providing mobile and network services to companies and high net worth individuals. He has enjoyed racehorse ownership for many years, with National Hunt horses in training with Philip Hobbs and previously on the Flat with Geoff Wragg.

Andrew Clark succeeds David Hill who completes a three-year term as Chairman. David Hill joined Warwick’s racecourse committee as a non-executive director in 2002.

Warwick Racecourse is one of the oldest in the country, having staged racing since the 1700s. Today it stages 21 racing fixtures a year, split between Flat and Jumps, as well as operating as a venue for conferences, events and launches on non-racedays.

Nicholas Wrigley, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:

“I should like to congratulate Andrew Clark on his appointment as Chairman at Warwick. He has made a highly positive contribution to the racecourse committee at the course since 2007 and I wish him the very best in his new role.

“I should also like to thank David Hill for his chairmanship. Among his achievements, David has successfully overseen the completion of several new developments at Warwick, including the extension of the five furlong straight to six furlongs and the excellent 1707 restaurant facility. David has been associated with the racecourse for twelve years and we are grateful for his contribution for the good of British racing.”

Andrew Clark said:

“I’m delighted to be asked to become Chairman at Warwick, which is a course I’m passionate about and for more than six years I have greatly enjoyed contributing as a racecourse committee director. Significant investments have been made at Warwick into our prize money and facilities as part of Jockey Club Racecourses and I very much look forward to working more closely with our highly professional team under Huw Williams as we strive to offer great racing and continually improve the raceday experience for owners and trainers, racegoers and participants.”

David Hill said:

"The past 12 years have seen huge positive changes within Jockey Club Racecourses. JCR has established itself as the premier brand in racing and it has been a great pleasure playing a part in this. I am immensely grateful to all the team at Warwick, and Huw Williams in particular, for their hard work and dedication. I wish Andy Clark every success in his new role and am pleased to be handing over to Andy who I am confident will perpetuate the spirit of goodwill which surrounds racing at Warwick."