Phil White promoted to General Manager at Kempton Park

3rd May 2012

Phil White will run Kempton Park, which hosts the King George VI Chase won for a record fifth time by Kauto Star in 2011

Phil White will run Kempton Park, which hosts the King George VI Chase won for a record fifth time by Kauto Star in 2011

Jockey Club Racecourses, the largest racecourse group in the UK[1], today announced the promotion of Phil White to General Manager at Kempton Park Racecourse. The top management position at the Sunbury-on-Thames venue was available following Amy Starkey’s move to run Newmarket Racecourses for the Group.

White (37) is currently Sales Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the sales strategy for hospitality, sponsorship, conferences and events. Since joining the course in November 2009, he has been pivotal to the growth of sales in all areas of the business, including the Investec Derby Festival.

Prior to his role at Epsom Downs, White was Sales Director at Kempton Park, where he was a member of the senior management team. It is also where he started working for Jockey Club Racecourses in 2002, before moving to Sandown Park. In total he has worked for the Group for the last decade.

In his new role as General Manager at Kempton Park, White will oversee the running of 95 fixtures annually, including the William Hill King George VI Chase, won in 2011 for a record fifth time by Kauto Star.

He will also be responsible for continued growth across all areas of the business, including a conferences and events operation that generates more than £1.5m in turnover each year.

White will take up the position following the 2012 Investec Derby Festival, at a date to be agreed.

Phil White said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed General Manager at Kempton Park. I’m hugely grateful for the opportunities I've had since joining The Jockey Club and I’m looking forward to returning to the racecourse where I began my career in horseracing nearly 10 years ago. The Kempton Park team has had a hugely successful few years and I'm really excited about working with the team to build upon their achievements in my new position.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Epsom Downs and I will be very sad to leave my team and colleagues. However, Kempton Park and Epsom Downs enjoy a close working relationship, which will grow further in the coming months and years under a new regional management structure at Jockey Club Racecourses, so I’m confident I will be working alongside the Epsom team in my new role.”

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

"This is a richly deserved promotion for Phil. He has been very successful in each role he has performed within Jockey Club Racecourses, including latterly helping to grow the Investec Derby Festival year-on-year. 

"He knows Kempton Park very well from having been a key team member there previously and I have every confidence Phil is going to help the racecourse go from strength-to-strength as General Manager."

Mike Street, Chairman of Kempton Park Racecourse, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Phil White back to Kempton Park and to acknowledge the enormous depth of talent within the Jockey Club Racecourses' organisation.

"The standard of the applicants for this post was extremely high and true testimony to the tireless work that has gone into training and development over the last three years or so.

"Phil's previous experience as a senior member of the Kempton team coupled with the invaluable experience gained at Epsom Racecourse will prove invaluable as we continue to develop the business and take Kempton on to still greater achievements.

"My thanks go to all of the candidates, with the message to everyone within the organisation that business thrives on the quality of its people and people thrive on the quality of the career development and training that The
Jockey Club affords!"

[1] By turnover, number of racecourses, fixtures, attendances and contribution to prize money