Developing the next generation of racecourse talent

5th February 2015

Jockey Club Racecourses today announced the appointments of a Trainee General Manager – Liam Johnson – and Trainee Clerk of the Course – Jack Pryor, which are new roles at the UK’s leading racing group. The creation of these positions is part of a commitment within The Jockey Club to invest in developing the next generation of talent to run Britain’s racecourses.

Jockey Club Racecourses – which maintains Investors in People accreditation – has helped to develop hundreds of people working in racing today, through a combination of dedicated training programmes and supported on-the-job
experience that ensures the skills and knowledge of experienced colleagues is passed on. More than 60 managers have graduated from its intensive management training academy in recent years and this has now been extended to the wider racing industry.

Liam Johnson is currently Business Development Executive at Nottingham Racecourse. He joined Jockey Club Racecourses in 2014, having previously worked as Operations Manager at Roko Health Club in Nottingham and prior to that as Sport Development Co-ordinator at Nottingham Forest Football Club. He will begin his new role in February 2015 and report into Amy Starkey, East Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses.

Jack Pryor is currently Group Racing Executive and Analyst based since April 2013 in Jockey Club Racecourses’ head office in Holborn, London, where he has been under the wing of Richard Norris, the Group Racing Director.
Previously he was Sponsorship Assistant at Betfair. In his new role, Pryor will be mentored by Kirkland Tellwright, North West Head of Racing for Jockey Club Racecourses and Clerk of the Course at Haydock Park. Tellwright has played a key role in the development of several Clerks, who most recently include the likes of Andrew Morris, Sulekha Varma and Jane Hedley. However, Pryor will start his new role in March 2015, working initially under Simon Claisse, South West Head of Racing for Jockey Club Racecourses and Clerk of the Course at Cheltenham, in the build up to and during The Festival.

Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director, Jockey Club Racecourses, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Liam and Jack on their new roles. These are important new positions as we intend for both Liam and Jack to develop to a level where they can become a racecourse manager and a clerk respectively, and
in the meantime provide cover where we need it.

“An essential part of The Jockey Club fulfilling its mission to act for the long-term good of British racing is to help to keep developing the next generation of talent. We’re very proud of our Investors in People accreditation and the significant investments we make as a company in the training, development and wellbeing of our hardworking people. We have hundreds of unsung heroes in Jockey Club Racecourses giving everything they can every day for our sport and in return it’s important we provide them with the best possible environment and support along the way.”
 
Liam Johnson said:

“I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity at The Jockey Club. It’s refreshing to know that the company is committed to investing in its employees and aiding us to develop, ultimately for the good of the sport as a whole. I’m extremely keen to continue to grow within the company and to develop the skill set to one day become a General Manager here at The Jockey Club.”

Jack Pryor said:

“Two years working for The Jockey Club has furthered my passion and enthusiasm for racing. As an organisation we try to do what is best for British racing all of the time, which is great for a fan like me, and I look forward to training with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced Clerks around.”