|WiR members enjoy their House of Commons experience.
Aiming for the front benches
The third Annual General Meeting of WiR took place at Portcullis House in Westminster, London on June 12th 2014 followed by drinks on the terrace of the House of Commons, hosted by Philip Davies MP for Shipley.
Members of WiR stepped into the world of politics to discuss the organisation's success stories, opportunities and challenges of the past year. The bursary scheme, launched in early 2014 was highlighted as one of several major milestones.
From funds generated by its membership, educational events and specific fund raising initiatives, the WiR bursary programme enables fully paid up members to apply for an award of up to £2,000 to further their career in British Horseracing. WiR was delighted to announce that the first recipient of its bursary award is due to be made shortly.
The organisation is also proud of its diverse events calendar providing unique and educational opportunities within horseracing and beyond for its membership.
Newly elected committee members:
- Julie Deadman – HR Consultant and racehorse owner
- Lauren Dobson – Marketing Manager of Hexham Racecourse
- Victoria Parker – BHA Graduate and account manager for Insight Public Affairs
Following the AGM, members were invited to walk the halls and soak up the sense of history, standing at the dispatch box in the House of Commons chamber, courtesy of Robert Syms, MP for Poole.
WiR Chair Sally Rowley-Williams commented: "Our network has had a fantastic year, our membership continues to grow and reach across all areas of racing. Several of our members have been appointed into senior and boardroom roles in 2014 but there is still more work to be done as British Horseracing lags behind the diversity targets set by DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for government-funded sports as well as the government targets of 30% for FTSE 100 companies.
"We are delighted to welcome Julie, Lauren and Victoria onto the Contact Uscommittee, which reflects a diverse and dynamic representation of the sport professionally and geographically. We look forward to continued progress for the remainder of this year and 2015."