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The Jockey Club Stewards


The Jockey Club Stewards are our board of directors. The historic title of ‘Steward’ is given as a reminder of our heritage.

Sandy Dudgeon


Senior Steward

Sandy became our Senior Steward in July 2019. He chairs The Jockey Club’s main board, which sets the strategic direction of the organisation and oversees the Group’s executive functions.


A chartered accountant by profession, Sandy was a leading amateur jockey, winning 60 races in point-to-points and under National Hunt rules, including the 1984 Foxhunters’ over the Grand National fences at The Jockey Club’s Aintree Racecourse. He rode the same horse, Gayle Warning, to complete the 1986 Grand National. He was appointed to The Jockey Club’s Board of Stewards in December 2017, having previously been a Steward for four years from 2009 to 2012. He was elected as a Member of The Jockey Club in 1989. Today he has interests in five racehorse syndicates.


Sandy remains a director of Schroders’ private wealth management business in Hong Kong. He was Managing Director of Thornhill up to its sale to Cazenove Capital (now part of Schroders Wealth). His previous directorships have included Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust plc and Man Alternative Investments Ltd.

Julia Budd

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.

Justin Dowley



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.

Baroness Harding



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 rose Paterson



Rose Paterson, has been a non-executive director of Aintree’s racecourse committee since 2005 and Chairman of Aintree since 2013. Her professional background includes holding senior roles in the Paintings Department at Sothebys and ten years as The Daily Telegraph’s Northern art critic. She is also a Trustee of the Weston Park Foundation and a former Trustee of the National Museums of Merseyside Development Fund.

Rose Paterson has been involved with horses and horseracing all her life, including a stint as stable staff in Newmarket before attending Cambridge University and completing the 1,000km Mongol Derby in 2011, raising £120,000 for charity alongside her husband, Owen Paterson. Her daughter Evie, as a Junior and Young Rider, has represented Great Britain three times in the European Eventing Championships.

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



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.

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