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Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse committee

 

If you need to contact the racecourse committee, please email Suzanne Roberts: suzanne.roberts@thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Chairman

MARTIN ST QUINTON

Martin was born in Yorkshire. He graduated from Durham University in 1979 and went on to obtain his MBA in the USA.

 

In 1980 he started The Saint Group a private office equipment company which was sold to Danka plc in 1993. From then until 1999 he was CEO of Danka’s International Operations. During this six-year period he acquired over 50 companies in 30 different countries. Danka grew to be the world’s second largest photocopier company with sales in excess of £1bn.

 

In 2000, he founded another company Azzurri Communications, a UK based Voice & Data Integrator, which grew to 700 staff and £150m turnover in 6 years. In 2006 Azzurri was sold for £180m to The Prudential Group. In recognition of his achievements at Azzurri Martin was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003.

 

In a 30 year career he has acquired over 70 companies and integrated these businesses to create two groups of companies both of which were subsequently sold.

 

Martin is currently a Non Executive Director of 6 other companies including Gloucester Rugby Club where he is Chairman. He lives in Cheltenham with his wife and 4 children.

Committee

LOUISE KEMBLE

Louise has an impressive track record in the Racing and Breeding Industry and is well known for her work whilst occupying the position of CEO at the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.

 

Louise now divides her time between running Elms Bloodstock from her stud farm in Northamptonshire and supporting Cheltenham Racecourse.

 

Louise is also Secratary-General of the Federation of Bloodstick Agents (GB) Ltd.

WILLIAM VESTEY

William has grown up with Cheltenham Racecourse as a big part of his life, as his father Lord Vestey was Chairman for over two decades. He is Lord Vestey's elder son and is Director for the family business, Vestey Group. William joined the Cheltenham Racecourse Committee in 2014 and has horses in training with Ben Pauling and Nigel Twiston Davies.


William has horses in training with Jeremy Noseda, Nicky Henderson and Charlie Longsdon.

SIR RICHARD STAGG KCMG

Sir Richard joined the Cheltenham Racecourse Committee at the start of the 2015/16 season. He had recently retired from the Foreign Office, having been High Commissioner to India from 2007 until 2011 and after that was Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2012 until 2015.

 

He is Chairman of Rothschild India. He has owned a number of racehorses in the past and has a varied background in racing from sponsoring pony racing on the ice in Bulgaria; to presenting the Queen's Cup at Calcutta Races.

WILLIAM RUCKER

William is Chief Executive of Lazard in London. He is also Chairman of Marston’s Plc and the UK Dementia Research Institute.

 

He has many horses in training with Evan Williams and his horses have finished in the top four in seven consecutive runnings of the Grand National, with familiar names such as Cappa Bleu and State Of Play, the latter of which also won the 2006 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. He also has horses in training with Fergal O'Brien.

RUPERT SWEETING

Rupert was a successful amateur jockey and continues to steward at Aintree, Ascot, Newbury, Towcester, Warwick and Windsor.

 

He has three broodmares and a filly in training with David Pipe. He is a proprietary partner of Knight Frank, Head of National Prime Country Sales and is also director of Heritage Diversified Investments PCC Ltd.

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