Nicholas Wrigley appointed next Senior Steward, Five new Members

14th December 2009

It was announced today at a meeting of the Members of The Jockey Club, that Nicholas Wrigley will succeed Julian Richmond-Watson in the role of Senior Steward of The Jockey Club with effect from July 2009. At the meeting the appointments of Michael Henriques as Deputy Senior Steward and that of Sandy Dudgeon as a Steward were also confirmed, together with the election of five new Members.

Nicholas Wrigley, 53, is a Managing Director at Rothschild investment bank and Chairman of the York Race Committee. His five year term as Senior Steward will commence in July and he has served on the board as a Steward since 2006. He will succeed Julian Richmond-Watson whose office as Senior Steward was extended by a year having been appointed to the position in 2003.

Michael Henriques replaces Sir Michael Connell as Deputy Senior Steward with effect from 1 January 2009 and Sandy Dudgeon joins the board of Stewards for the first time.

The board of Stewards oversees the running of all The Jockey Club’s interests, which encompasses Jockey Club Racecourses, Jockey Club Estates, the National Stud and Racing Welfare. Earlier this year Simon Bazalgette took on the new role of Jockey Club group Chief Executive.

The five newly elected Members of The Jockey Club include well known owner Peter Deal, Nick Cheyne, Client Relations Director at Weatherbys and Julia Budd, an expert in identifying candidates for senior Executive and Non-executive positions.

The board of Stewards of The Jockey Club for 2009 will be:

Stewards of The Jockey Club - 2009

Julian Richmond-Watson Senior Steward (until June 2009)
Michael Henriques Deputy Senior Steward
Sandy Dudgeon
Sir Ian Good CBE
Andrew Merriam
The Duke of Roxburghe
Jeff Smith
Nicholas Wrigley (Senior Steward from July 2009)

The following were elected ordinary Members of the Jockey Club at a meeting of the Club on 8 December:

Julia Budd

Julia Budd, 50, was elected a Member of the Jockey Club in December 2008. Julia is a Founding Partner of executive search firm The Zygos Partnership, where she specialises in identifying potential Chairmen, Chief Executives and Non-executive Directors.

Prior to setting up The Zygos Partnerhsip in 2002, Julia was previously with Egon Zehnder International for 15 years. There she ran the Board Practice, focusing on Chairman and Non-executive appointments. She has a BA in Experimental Psychology with Statistics from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

She is on the board of Directors at Sandown Park and acts as a racecourse steward at Kempton Park and Windsor. She has been involved with a number of horses in training and is a member of various Highclere Thoroughbred syndicates.

Nick Cheyne

Nick Cheyne, 48, was elected a Member of the Jockey Club in December 2008. Nick joined Weatherbys in 2004 and in 2006 was appointed Client Relations Director, with a brief to provide support for all aspects of the company’s multi-faceted business.

Previously he had 18 years experience as a Clerk of the Course at Sandown Park and Ascot, operating in the role for ten years as Ascot. Prior to working in the racing industry he worked for Hambro’s Bank. He currently has shares in horses in a number of partnerships and syndicates.

Peter Deal

Peter Deal, 69, was elected a Member of the Jockey Club in December 2008. After giving up a successful career in the city in the late 1970’s, Peter concentrated on developing a range of private business interests, from which he has lately retired. In recent years he has devoted an increasing amount of his time to a variety of roles within the racing and breeding industry.

He is currently Chairman of the charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. He also sits on the BHA Jump Racing Sub-Committee and previous posts that he has held include Chairman of Sandown Park Race Committee, a Director of United Racecourses and a Council Member of the Racehorse Owners Association.

Including partnerships and small syndicates, he currently has interests in 20 horses in training and owns two broodmares. His best known horses include Make A Stand, the Champion Hurdle winner, Blowing Wind and Hebridean.

Darby Dennis

Darby Dennis, 55, was elected a Member of the Jockey Club in December 2008. A farmer by profession, Darby is also a Director of Newmarket Racecourse and a Member of the Epsom Downs Race Committee. He has over 15 years experience as a racecourse steward and is on the BHA Stewarding Committee. He currently acts as a racecourse steward at Nottingham and Pontefract.

His family have been in racehorse ownership over many years and he is now involved in a partnership with horses trained latterly by Geoff Wragg and currently by Michael Bell and James Fanshawe.

Rupert Sweeting

Rupert Sweeting, 43, was elected a Member of the Jockey Club in December 2008. Rupert is a Partner at property consultants Knight Frank, where he is Head of their Country Department.

After handing in his amateur rider’s licence in 1998 after many years riding in Point to Points and Under Rules, Rupert became a racecourse steward. He now stewards at Ascot, Cheltenham, Stratford, Towcester, Warwick and Windsor. He is also on the Board of the Horse Trust, the oldest horse charity in the world and the largest provider of equine welfare grants and horse research grants in the UK. He has had shares in horses in training with David Pipe and with Henrietta Knight. He also has interests in broodmares.