The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing, which reinvests all profits back into Britain's second biggest spectator sport, today announced the appointment of Roger Weatherby to succeed Nicholas Wrigley as its Senior Steward (non-executive Chairman), for a term of five years.
The appointment is effective from 11th July 2014, when Nicholas Wrigley completes his five-year term in the role. During this time, The Jockey Club has played an active role at the heart of British racing concerned with its long-term health and success. It has grown its business as the largest commercial group in the sport in order to make record contributions into prize money and invest in facilities and initiatives designed for the good of the sport.
Roger Weatherby is currently on The Jockey Club's Board of Stewards and has been a Member of The Jockey Club since 2007. He has been the Chief Executive of Weatherbys Bank since 2000 and is the Chairman of The Racing Foundation, the grant-making charity set up to provide funds for charitable causes within and associated to the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries. Previously he was Chairman of The Jockey Club’s charity, Racing Welfare. The Weatherby name was first linked with The Jockey Club in 1770 when James Weatherby became its Secretary.
“I am delighted with Roger Weatherby’s appointment. I am sure he will make a real success of the role and I shall be pleased to hand over to him in the middle of next year.
“Sir Ian Good and Guy Roxburghe complete their terms as Stewards at the end of this year. I should like to thank Sir Ian who has been an exemplary Deputy Senior Steward and an enormous help during my chairmanship. We shall miss his wisdom. Guy has been extremely helpful and brought excellent knowledge to the table, particularly from a breeder’s perspective, and I should also like to thank him.
“We are lucky to appoint Andrew Merriam as Deputy Senior Steward. He brings extensive knowledge of our business and the racing industry. Equally I am pleased Peter Stanley and Mike Street have agreed to become Stewards. This ensures The Jockey Club continues to have a really exceptional board, acting in the best interests of British racing.”
“I am greatly honoured to be appointed as the next Senior Steward of The Jockey Club. This is a busy and exciting time both for us and for British racing as a whole. Today The Jockey Club is a highly commercial organisation concerned with nurturing and developing many of racing’s crown jewels, but with a single purpose to act in the best long-term interests of the sport and reinvest in its future. I aim to continue Nicholas Wrigley’s excellent stewardship in this regard and support The Jockey Club’s people who work day in and day out to ensure British racing is the best in the world.”
The Jockey Club operates under a modern commercial structure with its executive reporting to its Board of Stewards. The historic titles of ‘Stewards’ are a reminder of The Jockey Club’s 263-year heritage and its role today concerned with the commercial stewardship of British racing, with all profits generated from its operations reinvested back into the sport.
Andrew Merriam appointed Deputy Senior Steward
Andrew Merriam, Chairman of Jockey Club Estates, is appointed Deputy Senior Steward from 1st January 2014 through until July 2017, succeeding Sir Ian Good. He was elected as a Member of The Jockey Club in 1997 and has completed two terms as a Steward since 2003. Andrew Merriam is Chairman of his family company, Bradfords, which is a West Country-based building supplies business. He is also an independent director of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Chairman of the BHA’s Stewarding and Disciplinary Policy Committee. He has acted as a racecourse steward at Newmarket, Fakenham, Southwell and Yarmouth.
The Hon Peter Stanley and Mike Street OBE join the Board of Stewards
From 1st January 2014, The Hon Peter Stanley and Mike Street OBE will join The Jockey Club’s Board of Stewards for three-year terms, succeeding Sir Ian Good and The Duke of Roxburghe, who complete their terms at the end of 2013.
The Hon Peter Stanley owns and manages New England Stud in Newmarket, where he has been in residence since 1983. He bred Maarek, the winner of the 2013 Prix de l’Abbaye. He is Chairman of the Jockey Club Rooms and the New Astley Club, which provides facilities and services to Stable and Stud staff. He is also a non-executive board director of Jockey Club Estates and was previously on the board of The National Stud, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and the Animal Health Trust. He was elected a Member of The Jockey Club in December 2001.
Mike Street OBE retired as Director of Customer Services and Operations and on the main board of British Airways in 2005 following a distinguished 42-year career with the airline. He became Chairman of The Jockey Club’s Sandown Park Racecourse in 2013, after more than five years as Chairman of Kempton Park Racecourse. He is also Chairman of the ACT Foundation and non-executive director of WSH Group Ltd and Hall & Woodhouse. He was elected a Member of The Jockey Club in December 2011.
The Jockey Club Board of Stewards for 2014:
- Nicholas Wrigley, Senior Steward (until 11th July 2014)
- Andrew Merriam, Deputy Senior Steward
- Julia Budd, Steward
- The Lord Daresbury, Steward
- Nicholas Jones, Steward
- The Hon Peter Stanley, Steward
- Mike Street OBE, Steward
- Roger Weatherby, Steward (Senior Steward from 11th July 2014)