The Jockey Club has elected eight new Members effective 1st January 2017: Christopher Foster (Honorary), Clare Balding OBE, Simon Clarke DL, John Ferguson, Jo Hepburn, Ian Stark OBE, Tim Syder and William Wyatt.
Members of The Jockey Club are appointed on account of their knowledge and experience of horseracing, unique contribution to the sport and a commitment to help The Jockey Club to deliver its mission to act for the long-term good of British Racing. Members are in effect 'trustees' and may not profit from their role, as all profits generated by The Jockey Club are invested into the sport.
Roger Weatherby, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:
"I should like to welcome our new Members announced today. Each brings unique expertise to The Jockey Club and a real passion for our sport that can help us in our mission to further British Racing."
Christopher Foster - Honorary Membership
Until recently, Keeper of the Match Book for The Jockey Club where he has advised Senior Stewards on numerous Club matters and the requirements of our Royal Charter, formerly Executive Director of The Jockey Club with 30 years' experience when it was the regulatory body. Formerly Chairman of the European Pattern Committee. Worked for Weatherbys for 18 years prior to joining The Jockey Club. A non-executive director of Retraining of Racehorses and the Home of Horseracing Trust. Retiring at the end of the year as a non-executive director at The National Stud, where he has chaired its Training Review Group, and recently retired as a Trustee of Racing Welfare.
Clare Balding OBE
Racecourse committee director at The Jockey Club's Epsom Downs Racecourse. Award-winning broadcaster, journalist and best-selling author. Previously lead racing presenter on both BBC and Channel 4, and Olympic and Paralympic presenter. Amateur flat jockey from 1988 to 1993, Champion Lady rider in 1990, Vice Patron of the Injured Jockeys Fund and Patron of Retraining of Racehorses. Her father Ian is an Honorary Member of The Jockey Club and grandmother, Priscilla Hastings, became one of the first female Members of The Jockey Club in 1977.
Simon Clarke DL
Trustee of The Jockey Club's charity, Racing Welfare and Chairman of its housing association, Racing Homes. Formerly Vice Chairman of the Racecourse Association. National Hunt mares at home and interests in many Jump horses. Professionally is Chairman of Dunstall Holdings Ltd (farming) and non-executive director of St Mowden Properties. Son of the late Sir Stan Clarke, who was a Member of The Jockey Club.
Chief Executive of Godolphin and Racing Manager to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Chairman of Falcon Associates, which manages Dubai's commercial interests. HH Sheikh Mohammed'a principal bloodstock advisor for more than 25 years. Former Jumps and Point-to-Point trainer and assistant trainer to Sir Michael Stoute.
Chairman of The Jockey Club's Wincanton Racecourse. Professionally she runs a family farming and equestrian operation. Previously worked at the National Trainers Federation and in bloodstock shipping. She has a hunter chaser in training and her father is Bill Foulkes who was Champion Apprentice jockey in 1972 and a long-time racecourse steward.
Ian Stark OBE
Steward at Aintree, Carlisle, Kelso, Hamilton, Musselburgh and Perth. On the BHA Stewarding Committee for Scotland and the North of England and a member of the BHA Disciplinary Committee. An accomplished horseman having won numerous Olympic and World medals as an event rider and a course designer. Has also ridden in Point-to-Points. An important voice for racing in the North.
Racecourse committee director of The Jockey Club's Epsom Downs Racecourse. Professionally 30-year career in private equity and currently Deputy Managing Partner at Electra Partners. Owns around 20 Jumps horses including Deputy Dan, Puffin Billy, Le Bec and The Last Night.
Racecourse Committee Director at The Jockey Club's Newmarket Racecourses. Professionally he is Chief Executive of Caledonia Investments plc. He is a Trustee of The Rank Foundation charity. His family has around 10 broodmares at Dukes Stud, run by his brother Charlie Wyatt, and his family has several flat horses in training.
The full list of Members of The Jockey Club is available on this website (new Members will be added in January 2017) at http://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/about/our-members.