Steve Parlett appointed General Manager at Kempton Park
20th May 2015
Jockey Club Racecourses today announced the appointment of Steve Parlett as General Manager of its Kempton Park Racecourse.
Parlett, who has worked for Jockey Club Racecourses for more than a decade, has been General Manager at The Jockey Club’s Wincanton Racecourse for more than four years, joining the Somerset track from Kempton Park in March 2011.
He was part of the Kempton Park team for four years from March 2007, latterly as Director of Sales. Prior to that he was Sponsorship Sales Executive for Jockey Club Racecourses’ three London courses of Epsom Downs, Sandown Park and Kempton Park from March 2004.
In his new role Parlett will oversee the running of 70 fixtures annually, over Jumps and on the Flat on Kempton Park’s All-Weather track. This includes the William Hill Winter Festival in December featuring the William Hill King
George VI Chase. Parlett will also be responsible for continued growth across all areas of the business, including the venue’s busy conferences and events operation.
He will report to Rupert Trevelyan, London Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, who is responsible for the running of Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park, and joins the senior management team for the London Region.
Parlett will succeed Phil White, who has moved as General Manager to fellow Jockey Club Racecourse, Sandown Park. A start date for the move will be confirmed in due course and a recruitment process will now be launched to appoint a new General Manager at Wincanton.
Steve Parlett said:
“I am thrilled with my appointment at Kempton Park and would like to thank especially the Chairman for giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the great team there and across the senior management of Jockey Club Racecourses’ London Region. I have enjoyed hugely my four years at Wincanton and am proud of what we achieved in that time. While I will miss all the good friends I have made, I am excited about the opportunities that
returning to Kempton Park will bring.”
Rupert Trevelyan, London Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said:
"I'm delighted to bring Steve back into the London region and at a course he knows so well from several years at Kempton Park before running Wincanton. Clearly he has done a tremendous job at Wincanton and it has been highly noticeable how he has developed the offer for Owners & Trainers and through several initiatives working with local suppliers he has ensured that the racecourse is right at the heart of the local community. Those are both very important for Kempton Park and I'm very pleased our three London courses will be managed by people of the calibre of Steve, Phil White and Simon Durrant, who have all developed through The Jockey Club's own ranks."
Nick Mustoe, Chairman of Kempton Park Racecourse, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Steve back to Kempton Park having watched his career progress at Wincanton and look forward to Kempton's continued progress under his leadership."
Jo Hepburn, Chairman of Wincanton Racecourse, said:
"Our hearty congratulations go to Steve on his new appointment; this is the perfect position for him and one in which he will surely excel. He will be missed by us all here at Wincanton as he has been instrumental in progressing and improving the racecourse where we are now proud to be one of 10 Jumps courses offering in excess of £1m in prize money, voted the best small racecourse in the South West and Wales, and in the Visit England top 10 racecourses for customer experience. Personally I shall miss his energy and enthusiasm, and his willingness at all times to assist, and I thank him for his help in my first season as Chairman. We wish him every success for the future."