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Press Release 30th June 2022 Carlisle

The Jockey Club announces today that Helen Willis has been appointed as the new General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse.


Willis will assume her new role in mid-July and she succeeds Molly Dingwall, who is making the move south to take up duties as General Manager of Haydock Park Racecourse.

A graduate of Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire, where she obtained a First Class degree in Equine Business Management, Willis joined The Jockey Club in March 2021 as a Customer Relations Executive.

After undergoing further training, she was appointed a Trainee General Manager in February of this year and has worked across many of The Jockey Club’s crown jewel events including The Festival™ at Cheltenham, Aintree’s Randox Grand National and The Cazoo Derby at Epsom Downs.

Prior to her employment at The Jockey Club, Willis worked as Racing Secretary to Group One-winning trainer Bryan Smart in North Yorkshire.

Helen Willis said:

“I am thrilled to have secured the role of General Manager at Carlisle Racecourse.

“Having gained experience across the group, I have greatly enjoyed my role as Trainee General Manager this year. I am extremely grateful to everyone I have had the pleasure of working with for all their invaluable help and guidance.

“Carlisle holds a unique place in The Jockey Club as its most northerly venue and with a strong local support base. I am relishing assisting the racecourse’s continued development in the times ahead.”

Dickon White, Regional Director, The Jockey Club North West, added:

“Helen has been a very valued team member since joining The Jockey Club last year.

“With her experience across the group and the wider racing world, I am sure she is exactly the right person to continue to take Carlisle forward and further build on the excellent progress made by Molly Dingwall over the past four years.”


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