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The Jockey Club appoints Helene Sharrock from M&S as its Chief People Officer

Press Release 23rd February 2021

By The Jockey Club

The Jockey Club, one of the UK’s largest sports businesses, today announced the appointment of Helene Sharrock as its Chief People Officer.

Helene will join on 17th May from major retailer, M&S, where she is Head of HR and responsible for people strategies designed to achieve long-term sustainable business growth through change.

Prior to joining M&S, Helene was Head of HR within BT’s Consumer division, which included Brand, Content, Strategy and BT Sport. Previously she worked for BT’s Technology, Service and Operations division and at both ESPN and ITN.

In her new role she will be responsible for leading the People and Talent Agenda for The Jockey Club.

Helene Sharrock said:

“I am proud to be joining The Jockey Club at such an exciting time for the business. The deep heritage of the organisation, the passion of the people within it, and the vision of Nevin and the leadership team present an incredible opportunity.”

Nevin Truesdale, Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, said:

“I’m thrilled to welcome Helene to our team. She will play a lead role in driving our people agenda over the next few years as we continue to innovate, welcome and retain talent and support the wellbeing and development of colleagues throughout The Jockey Club.”

About The Jockey Club

One of the largest sports businesses operating in the UK today (2019 turnover: £216.5 million), The Jockey Club is at the heart of so many aspects of Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport. We run 15 of the UK’s leading racecourses – large and local, where we’re charged with looking after some of the nation’s biggest events, including the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree, The Festival at Cheltenham, The Derby Festival at Epsom Downs and the QIPCO Guineas Festival in Newmarket. We welcome thousands of racehorses a year to our training centres in Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom. We run The National Stud in Newmarket and our charity, Racing Welfare, makes help available to all of racing’s people. We are governed by Royal Charter to act for the long-term benefit of British Racing and our Patron is Her Majesty The Queen. For more information please visit


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