Geraldine McKay joins Carlisle Racecourse as General Manager
1st August 2013
Geraldine McKay has been appointed as the new General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse, Jockey Club Racecourses announced today.
With more than 17 years' experience in the leisure industry, McKay will join the UK’s largest racecourse group on 23rd August 2013 from The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa in Grasmere, Cumbria, where she is currently General Manager.
In her new role, McKay will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Carlisle Racecourse, which stages 22 race meetings each year and is also a popular venue for hosting non-racing events. Highlights include the historic Carlisle Bell & Plate Day and the successful ‘Ultimate Ladies’ Night’, which this year features Ronan Keating after racing. She will report to John Baker, who is responsible for Carlisle, Aintree and Haydock Park racecourses as North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses.
Previously, McKay was General Manager at the Swallow hotel in Carlisle and has managed or held sales or operations roles at eight of Scotland's most popular hotels since 1996 (Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh; Macdonald Houstoun House, West Lothian; The Grange Manor, Grangemouth; Crerar's Scotland Hotel & Spa, Pitlochry; The Marine Hotel, Troon; The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh; The Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling; and The Millennium Hotel, Glasgow).
John Baker said:
"I'm very pleased to welcome Geraldine to this senior role within the North West for Jockey Club Racecourses. In a highly competitive process, Geraldine impressed with her expertise and I believe the experience she has gained in the leisure industry will be hugely beneficial for Carlisle Racecourse."
Geraldine McKay said:
“I’m delighted and somewhat honoured to be joining such a prestigious organisation. I’m very much looking forward to working with the team at Carlisle Racecourse and more widely within Jockey Club Racecourses to ensure our raceday customers have a great day out enjoying some fantastic sport and our events customers have an experience that exceeds their expectations.”
McKay replaces Richard Clements who has moved to a commercial events management role at Oxford City Council.
 By turnover (£141.2m), racecourses (15), attendances (2012: 1.8m), quality racing (Group and Graded), total prize money (2012: £35.3m) and contribution to prize money (2012: £16.5m)