Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the largest racecourse Group in the UK[1], which operates Jockey Club Venues as its conference and events arm, has redefined its management structure with a set of key appointments.

The new approach will see all 14 racecourses, which form the Jockey Club Venues moniker, run in four regional clusters: the South West, East, North West, and the three London racecourses. Each area will be headed by a newly-appointed Regional Director reporting to Paul Fisher, Jockey Club Racecourses Group Managing Director.

Collaboration between the venues is a key objective of the new structure, making it easier to share best practice, promote a consistent set of core values throughout the Group, increase the effectiveness of sales and marketing to customers and reduce costs.

The Regional Directors appointed are:

South West, with responsibility for Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton racecourses: Ian Renton, currently Managing Director for Arena Leisure
East, with responsibility for Huntingdon, Market Rasen, Newmarket and Nottingham racecourses: Amy Starkey, currently Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses
North West, with responsibility for Aintree, Carlisle and Haydock Park racecourses: John Baker, currently Group Director of Operations for Jockey Club Racecourses
London, with responsibility for Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park: Rupert Trevelyan, currently Managing Director of Epsom Downs


It is anticipated that Ian Renton will join Jockey Club Racecourses in October. The other Regional Directors will start their new roles in early September, allowing each to ready their regions for us to introduce the new regional structure early in 2013.

Each Regional Director will run a large racecourse and oversee the performance of the two or three other racecourses in their region, supported by General Managers at those locations. Regional Directors will also join the JCR Board.

In the case of the South West and East regions, the Regional Director will be based at Cheltenham and Newmarket respectively, running those ‘large’ racecourses. The new Regional Directors for the North West and London regions will lead the decision making process on how best to operate those regions.

Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “I’m delighted we’ve completed this process with four very strong Regional Directors ready to help take our business forwards, with the support of the talented teams of colleagues we have throughout our Group.

“We have thought carefully about the mix of talent we will have now at regional management level and around the JCR Board table. Regional Directors will not just have an important role to play in their regions; together they will influence the Group’s whole approach, evolving our venues and engaging further with the conference and events industry.”

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If you require further information, please contact: Scott Bowers, Group Director of Communications, The Jockey Club, on +44 7809 665 840 or email

Notes to Editors:

About Ian Renton

Ian Renton, currently Managing Director for Arena Leisure, will join The Jockey Club as Regional Director of the South West from October 2012. An experienced professional in the horse racing industry, Ian has extensive understanding of unique venues: since July 2004, he has been Managing Director of Arena Leisure Plc., which operates a successful catering division under his direction, specialising in venue and event catering

About John Baker

John Baker, currently Group Director of Operations for Jockey Club Racecourses, will take the reins as regional director in the North West, overseeing teams from Aintree, Carlisle and Haydock Park racecourses. In 20 years of working in its venues, John has already helped to improve the Group’s sales performance, conference & events business and collaboration between courses.

About Amy Starkey

Amy Starkey has been appointed as Regional Director in the East (Huntingdon, Market Rasen, Newmarket and Nottingham racecourses). Currently Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourse, Amy has run three of The Jockey Club’s venues since joining the company in 2005. Her achievements within the group have gained national recognition: in 2006, Amy was dubbed an ‘Achiever of the Year’ by Buckingham Palace.

About Rupert Trevelyan

Epsom Downs Racecourse’s Managing Director, Rupert Trevelyan, will assume his position as Regional Director of the London racecourses (Epsom Downs, Sandown Park and Kempton Park) from September 2012. Rupert will apply his extensive experience in the hospitality industry, which includes 10 years in the brewing and pub sector, three years as an International Brand Development Manager at Compass Group, and significantly expanding Epsom Downs Racecourse’s conferencing and events business, to developing the London racecourses’ understanding of the meetings and events market.

[1] By turnover, attendances, number of racecourses, number of fixtures and contribution to prize money