Robert Waley-Cohen - Robert took over as Chairman from Lord Vestey after The Festival in 2011 when his horse Long Run won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Robert has owned four other Festival winners and six winners over the Grand National fences.
Robert has been on the committee of the TBA National Hunt Committee since 2006 and Chairman since 2010 and was Chairman of the Point-to-Point Authority from 2005 to 2011. Robert was elected to the Jockey Club in 1983 serving as a Steward of The Jockey Club from 1995 to 2000, the last three years as Deputy Senior Steward.
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.
After starting out as a runner on Festival Radio, Alice, née Alice Plunkett, moved on to having her own show there, at the Derby and Royal Ascot. She then did a screen test for the Racing Channel and worked there until the broadcaster closed, then becoming a host on At the Races before moving across to Racing TV on its inception.
Her role on Channel 4 Racing began with the Lunchtime Show and she was brought into the main team in 2001. She now fronts all the Jump racing action for Channel 4 and from 2017 ITV Racing. She is the only woman to have ridden around both Aintree and Badminton Horse Trials.
She represented Great Britain at the European Three-Day Event Championships under 21 and, as an amateur rider, partnered winners over hurdles, point-to-points and charity Flat races.Plunkett is married to eventer William Fox-Pitt and they live in Dorset with their four children.
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 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 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 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.