The Jockey Club Group Finance Director to join The FA as CFO

21st January 2013

Football has once again turned to horseracing, Britain's second largest spectator sport, for talent in one of its most senior executive roles, with The FA today announcing the appointment later in 2013 of Andrew Crean, Group Finance Director of The Jockey Club, as its Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from the end of April 2013.

His new role at The FA Group will incorporate the governing body of football in England, Wembley Stadium, the England International Teams and the new St George’s Park complex.

Andrew Crean joined The Jockey Club in September 2010, after 10 years with Compass Group plc, where he was Finance & Commercial Director of its £300m turnover Sport Leisure & Hospitality Division. In that role he played key roles in ventures with Jockey Club Racecourses, the RFU, The Brit Oval, ExCel London and Aviva Stadium Dublin.

Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, British horseracing's largest commercial group which runs the likes of Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom Downs and Newmarket racecourses, said:

"Andrew has done a great job for us since we recruited him in 2010 from our catering joint venture partner, Compass. We'll be sorry to see him go later in the year and he will do so with our thanks and very best wishes.

"The FA headhunting Andrew for this executive position is testament to his ability and, we're told, down to word being out within the sports industry about the good things going on at The Jockey Club.

"Andrew has made an important contribution to our success to date and we will look to build on it in the future. We will now launch a process to recruit a Group Finance Director for The Jockey Club of the very highest calibre to join our senior executive team."

Andrew Crean said:

"I’m really looking forward to the challenge of joining The FA at an important time for the organisation and in its 150th anniversary year. It’s a fantastic role and an opportunity I’m grateful for. But I’m very sad I’ll be leaving a great team of people working for The Jockey Club.

“The journey The Jockey Club is on commercially is something I’ve really enjoyed being part of. It’s also important to racing and something the sport can be proud of because despite the economic climate, today The Jockey Club is putting more back into British racing than ever before.

“That’s thanks to the hard work of our people, but also through making long-term investments and strategic decisions always with the good of racing in mind. That journey continues and I have every confidence in The Jockey Club and British racing’s future success.”

Andrew Crean will continue in his current role until the end of April 2013, after the completion of a number of projects including the annual audit of The Jockey Club’s 2012 accounts.

If you require further information, please contact:

Scott Bowers, Group Director of Communications, The Jockey Club, on +44 7809 665840 or email

Greg Demetriou, Head of Corporate Communications, The FA Group, on +44 7812 062 837 or email