The Racecourse Association (RCA) has engaged Maggie Carver as its next Chairman. Mrs Carver will succeed Ian Barlow, who retires having completed six years in the role.
Maggie, who is also a Women in Racing (WiR) member, will join the RCA Board in a non-executive role from 1 April prior to taking over as Chairman in July. She has a background rich in racing and television and is currently Chairman of RaceTech, a subsidiary wholly owned by the RCA. She is, inter alia, also a director and past Chairman of ITN, a former director of SiS, Channel 5 and leading spread betting company, Sporting Index.
Her executive roles have included Managing Director of “Three on Four” (which produced Channel 4 Racing and operated Global Outside Broadcasting), running a retail business and strategist to Lord Clive Hollick at United Business Media. Maggie's working life began in investment banking with S.G. Warburg (now UBS).
RCA Vice Chairman Vivien Kyles (also a WiR member) said: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Maggie Carver as our next Chairman. She offers a wealth of experience in a number of areas that are of key importance to racecourses, including her expert knowledge and understanding of the media and broadcast industries. We would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the contribution Ian Barlow has made to the RCA and its members through his leadership over the past six years."
Maggie Carver added: "It is an enormous privilege to take up this key role at such an exciting time for the RCA and racecourses and I look forward to working with the Board and serving the Industry."