William Gittus expands property role

1st July 2013

William Gittus, Managing Director of The Jockey Club’s land management and property arm, Jockey Club Estates, since 2006, today assumed responsibilities for all property matters within the group.

In his expanded role, William Gittus will oversee The Jockey Club’s property portfolio, nationwide. He will continue as Managing Director of Jockey Club Estates, which operates more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds at Newmarket and Lambourn, along with the historic Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket, and will remain a member of the Epsom Downs Training Grounds Management Board.

The move follows Colin Fellows, The Jockey Club’s Group Property Director for the last ten years, going onto long-term sick leave due to an ongoing medical condition.

Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, said:

“I am very sorry that Colin’s health will not allow him to continue in his role at this time. On behalf of all his colleagues, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Colin the very best over the coming months. It is an appropriate time to thank him for everything he has done for us over the last ten years, playing a vital role in our £155m of development and property projects in that time and ensuring all have been on time, on budget and delivered for the good of British racing.

“William has done a superb job running Jockey Club Estates. This, combined with his previous professional experience, makes this expansion of his role a natural move in these circumstances. I would like to thank him for agreeing to do so and look forward to the Group benefitting from his expertise.”

William Gittus, Managing Director of Jockey Club Estates, said:

“It is an honour to have been asked to take on this role and to carry on with Colin’s great work. I can do so only because of the fantastic support that I receive from the team at Jockey Club Estates. I will remain based in Newmarket, where, after all, the largest part of the Group’s property assets are located and expect that local town planning issues will continue to keep me busy.”