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Committee Members
Wincanton Racecourse



David Wiggin

David has a life long interest in horse racing, particularly national hunt racing. He became Chairperson of Wincanton in March 2023 following two years as a member of the Committee. Currently has an interest in three NH horses.


David founded an Advertising Agency called Ptarmigan Media in 1992 and built it up to be a global business with offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, employing 180 people. He sold out of the business in 2022 to spend more time with his wife Emma and three children and of course to go racing more often.

The Committee


Richard Hoiles

Lead commentator for ITV Racing who started out life as a qualified accountant before becoming a Racecourse Commentator in 1992. Richard has a wealth of racing experience around the world working overseas in places such as Hong Kong.


He worked solely for The Jockey Club for three season’s between 1997-2000, having attended Wincanton for over 35 years Richard has seen the likes of Desert Orchid, Bregawn, Denman, and Thistlecrack in action.

Adam ShepPArd

Chris Braithwaite

Customer & Commercial Leader at Channel 4, and has been there twenty years after a decade at ITV.  He is responsible for maximising advertising and sponsorship revenues for the channel with media agencies and clients directly.  He was heavily involved in the development of bookmaker revenues when Channel 4 had the terrestrial horse racing rights, and the sponsorship with Dubai Tourism.


He has long been a fan of racing – national hunt predominantly – and his recent move to Ditcheat in Somerset was a happy connection to the Nicholls training yard, and subsequently on the committee at Wincanton .  Chris is married to Laura, and has three children.

Camilla Wakely

Alice Fox-Pitt

Geoff Derham

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