Garry Fortune appointed General Manager at Haydock Park

17th December 2012

Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the UK’s largest racecourse group[1], today announced the appointment of Garry Fortune as General Manager of Haydock Park Racecourse from 1st February 2013. 

This new role supports and reports into JCR’s North West Regional Director, John Baker, who is responsible for running Aintree, Haydock Park and Carlisle racecourses.

As General Manager at Haydock Park, Fortune will be part of the senior team delivering 33 race meetings in 2013, including the Betfair Chase and Betfred Sprint Cup, as well as the course’s non-racing business, which includes thriving conference and events operations.

With a career in the leisure industry, since 2008 Fortune has been Estate Manager of Arley Hall and Gardens, a privately owned 3,000 acre country estate that, under his management, was voted North West Visitor Attraction of the Year, one of the top garden attractions in Europe and winner of two National Visit Britain Tourism Awards. Arley Hall hosts Annual Garden Festivals, the National British Eventing Horse Trials and Country Fairs, and stages a large number of functions, weddings and TV and film productions.

Previously, Fortune was Operations Director responsible for the AA Rosette awarded West Tower Country House Hotel and other Formby Hall Investments’ properties; Operations Manager through to National Catering Manager at the leisure division of JJB Sports plc; and Duty Manager through to Hotel General Manager at AA Rosette awarded Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Leisure Club.

John Baker, North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said:
“After a highly competitive recruitment process, I’m very pleased Garry Fortune will be joining our team in the North West. He brings strong and diverse experience from the leisure sector, which will prove invaluable to his new role.”

Garry Fortune said:
“I’m delighted to be joining at Haydock Park and Jockey Club Racecourses’ North West regional team at an extremely exciting time for the business. I’ve enjoyed my time at Arley Hall immensely, but the challenge and opportunity in my new role are very attractive and I can’t wait to get started.”

[1] By turnover, attendances, quality racing (Group and Graded), contribution to prize money and total prize money