Roger Weatherby succeeds Nicholas Wrigley as Senior Steward

11th July 2014

Roger Weatherby today began his five-year term as Senior Steward (non-executive Chairman) of The Jockey Club. He has succeeded Nicholas Wrigley who held the role from July 2009.

Under Nicholas Wrigley's stewardship, The Jockey Club - the largest commercial group in British horseracing, which reinvests all profits back into the sport - grew its Group turnover by 31 percent in the last five years and increased its contribution to prize money over the same period by 47 percent to a record £18.24m at the end of 2013.

Roger Weatherby was appointed a Member of The Jockey Club in 2007 and joined The Jockey Club's Board of Stewards in 2013. 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.

Roger Weatherby

“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 for the good of British racing. I should like to thank Nicholas for his tremendous contribution over the last five years.”