The Jockey Club Stewards
The Jockey Club Stewards are our board of directors. The historic titles of ‘Stewards’ is given as a reminder of our heritage.
Roger Weatherby was elected to The Jockey Club in 2007 and appointed a Steward in 2013. He began his five year-term as Senior Steward in July 2014. He has been Chief Executive of Weatherbys Bank since 2000 and is non-executive Chairman of Arkle Finance and Weatherbys Hamilton LLP.
He has also been Chairman of Racing Welfare, The Jockey Club’s charity for racing’s people, and The Racing Foundation, the grant-making charity established to provide funds for charitable causes within, and associated to, the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.
Deputy Senior Steward
Julia Budd was elected to The Jockey Club in 2008 and appointed a Steward in 2012. Julia is also Chairman of Epsom Downs Racecourse having taken up the role after The Investec Derby Festival 2016. Julia is a founding Partner of leading international search firm, The Zygos Partnership, and a member of the Government’s Professional and Business Services Council.
She is a Trustee of Racing to School, the sport’s education programme for schoolchildren and students, and a former racecourse steward at Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Windsor.
The Lord Daresbury
Peter Daresbury was elected to The Jockey Club in 1984 and appointed a Steward in 2013. Peter is Chairman of Jockey Club Catering and The Jockey Club’s Haydock Park Racecourse, having held the same position at Aintree Racecourse for 25 years previously.
He is also Chairman of Stellar Diamonds plc, Nasstar plc and Auriant Mining AB, and a non-executive director of Bespoke Hotels Ltd, Rusant Ltd and Pesto Restaurants. From 1997to 2000 he was Chief Executive of the Greenalls Group and non-executive Chairman of The De Vere Group plc from 2000 to 2006.
Justin Dowley was elected to The Jockey Club in 2013 and appointed a Steward in 2017. He was a director of The Ascot Authority between 2007 and 2015. He shares a number of horses with Michael Pescod, trained by Richard Hannon.
Justin’s career in merchant banking has spanned across Morgan Grenfell, MerrillLynch and Tricorn Partners. He is a non-executive director at a number of public and private companies including Melrose Industries, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust, Novae and Boden.
Sandy Dudgeon was elected to The Jockey Club in 1989 and was previously a Steward for four years until the end of 2012. He is Head of Wealth Management for Schroders in Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2013 – where he will continue to be based – he was Head of Business Development for Schroders’ private wealth management business, which previously traded as Cazenove Capital Management. He was previously Managing Director of Thornhill before its acquisition by Cazenove. His directorships have included Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust plc and Man Alternative Investments Ltd, and he was an advisor to Wates Family Holdings.
His racing interests include having won 60 races as an amateur in point-to-points and under National Hunt rules, including the 1984 Foxhunters’ Steeplechase for amateur jockeys around the Grand National course at Aintree on Gayle Warning and riding the same horse to complete the 1986 Grand National. He is also a voting member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Baroness Harding was appointed a Member of The Jockey Club in 2004. She is the Chair of NHS Improvement and former Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group plc. Previously she was Sainsbury’s convenience director, joining from Tesco where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses. She was appointed as a non-executive director on The Court of The Bank of England in July 2014 and has also served on the board of The British Land Company plc, as a racecourse committee director at Cheltenham Racecourse and a director of Racecourse Holdings Trust, which later became Jockey Club Racecourses.
She sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer and was appointed a member of the Economic Affairs Select Committee in July 2017. Her racing interests include more than 25 career wins as an amateur jockey and owning Cool Dawn, the winner of the 1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup. She was appointed a Member of The Jockey Club in 2004.
The Hon Peter Stanley
Peter Stanley was elected a Member of The Jockey Club in December 2001 and appointed a Steward in 2014. Peter owns and manages New England Stud in Newmarket, where he has been in residence since 1983. He bred Maarek, the winner of the 2013 Prix de l’Abbaye. He also manages Stanley House Stud, where he bred seven-time Group 1 winner, Ouija Board and her dual Derby-winning son, Australia.
He is Chairman of The Jockey Club Rooms and The Racing Centre, which provides facilities and services to Stable and Stud staff. Peter is also a non-executive board director of Jockey Club Estates and was previously on the board of The National Stud, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and the Animal Health Trust.
James Westoll was elected to The Jockey Club in 2012 and appointed a steward in 2017. James is a farmer in Cumbria and was a steward at Carlisle from 1980 before joining the board in 1993, becoming Chairman in 2009. James has a number of horses in training with Nicky Richards and James Ewart.