Jockey Club Racecourses today announced the promotion of Phil White to the role of its London Regional Director with responsibility for the running of Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park racecourses, which stage the likes of The Investec Derby Festival, the King George VI Chase, the Coral-Eclipse Stakes and the bet365 Jumps Finale.
White has been General Manager at Sandown Park Racecourse since April 2015 and for three years prior to that was General Manager at sister-course Kempton Park. He has worked for The Jockey Club since 2002 and has been promoted through a range of roles at all three courses within its busy London Region.
White will be based at Sandown Park, running the course day-to-day and overseeing the activities of a regional management team that includes Simon Durrant as General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse and Steve Parlett as General Manager at Kempton Park Racecourse. He also joins the Board of Jockey Club Racecourses and will now report directly into Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses. White succeeds Rupert Trevelyan with immediate effect, who is standing down later this month.
Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said:
“Phil is a great asset for The Jockey Club with an excellent track record of success throughout his time in the London Region to date. I’m delighted we are able to promote internally to fulfil this important role, which is an indication of the high calibre of people working within our Group and the career development opportunities we can offer. Our London Region puts on a large volume of racing and other events, including some of the finest Flat and Jumps racing staged in this country. With that comes a lot of potential for Phil and his regional management team to take things from strength-to-strength in the future.”
Phil White said:
“The chance to lead such a talented team in our London Region is a fantastic opportunity and makes me tremendously proud. We are lucky to welcome many of the world's finest racehorses, jockeys and trainers to compete on the Flat and over the Jumps at our three racecourses and we will be working hard to provide them and our hundreds of thousands of customers with the best possible experience in the years ahead.
“I'd like to thank Rupert Trevelyan for his leadership over the last several years. The team and I will look to build on the excellent platform he leaves us with.”
Jockey Club Racecourses is the UK’s leading racecourse group. Its Chairman is Simon Bazalgette, who is also Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, and its Group Managing Director is Paul Fisher. Jockey Club Racecourses operates a regional management structure for its racecourses, reporting to Fisher and supported by a series of Group functions. Its four Regions are: London (Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park), South West (Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton) – whose Regional Director is Ian Renton, East (Huntingdon, Market Rasen, Newmarket July Course, Newmarket Rowley Mile and Nottingham) – whose Regional Director is Amy Starkey, and North West (Aintree, Carlisle and Haydock Park) – whose Regional Director is John Baker.