Women in Racing was created to develop the profile of women in the sport of horseracing
To encourage senior appointments at Board level across the industry and to attract more women into Racing, to strengthen connections and collaborate on approaches to help promote the health of the sport and to enhance its reputation as an attractive sector in which to build a career.
The objectives of Women in Racing look to enhance mentoring and development opportunities, develop cross-industry working groups and the chance to network in order to share knowledge and best practice. This initiative is independent of the BHA, Great British Racing or any body in horse racing.
Established in September 2009, the vision is to reach women across the industry to raise their profile and, with that visibility, encourage more women to be appointed into senior roles. With such role models, it is hoped that more women will come into horse racing and enrich the sport accordingly
Support and promote women at all stages of their career by providing professional development opportunities, including mentoring and bursary schemes
Involve women in industry boards, committees, steering groups and working parties with a view to raising the profile of women in traditionally male-dominated environments
Create a culture that supports and promotes members and which encourages appointment of senior women at the highest levels in racing
Combine knowledge and best practice and where ever possible foster links with like-minded individuals
Promote Women in Racing members as a viable
resource for business and PR opportunities across the sport
Develop commercial opportunities for suitable brands to become more involved in racing
WiR committee members
Tallulah Lewis - Women in Racing Chair
Tallulah is Head of International Partnerships at UK Tote Group, prior to this she worked for Weatherbys Ltd as the Project Manager for the Commercial Division and also for The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association setting up The Thoroughbred Club, a club for young people interest in participating and working in the horseracing industry. She is also Deputy Chairman of Women in Racing.
Gill has a lifelong interest in horse racing and always wanted to be involved in the sport in some capacity. She was brought up not far from Aintree racecourse and is still captivated by the Grand National, although loves flat racing as well. She was selected for the BHA Graduate Development Programme and spent time working at Dalham Hall and Kildangan Stud. After spending two years working as a racing journalist, she was employed as a Press Officer for the BHA, before qualifying as a solicitor specialising in providing services to the racing industry. She is a regular racegoer and have owned several horses in training with friends. She currently has a retired mare who is based in Northern Ireland, a yearling filly and a gelding who is due to go into training shortly.
Jane is Head of Sponsorship at Ascot and has worked at Ascot since 1996 in various roles throughout the organisation. She has a lifetime interest in racing having attended meetings with her parents and brother since a small child. Jane is a member of Owners’ Group and have a share in Alcala, trained by Paul Nicholls. She has also ridden since a very young age and currently rides a friend’s horse and takes part in small competitions.
Lauren is a Regulatory Adviser at the BHA and has worked at the BHA for over three years. Prior to this she completed the BHA Graduate Development Programme in 2015, after gaining a degree from UCL in London. She has been involved in horses and racing throughout her life, having grown up in Lambourn, and used to compete in eventing and showjumping.
Lynn is an avid fan of racing, horse owner and was previously a director of Hexham race course joining WiR in 2012 and becoming a member of the Committee in 2017. She has recently taken over responsibility for the WiR Bursary programme in 2018. Lynn is passionate about equality and diversity and is Chair of Skills 4 the award winning provider of career development programmes for women. She was the first ever woman Vice President of the Ship Building, Ship Repair Association and is the current Vice Chair of Northumberland Colleges.
Naomi is an equine vet based in Suffolk. She runs her own business as an equine locum, as well as working as a veterinary officer for the BHA. Naomi is a member of the British Equine Veterinary Association and the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and has a particular interest in Thoroughbred stud work and poor performance in racehorses.
Following a local government career as a Licensing Enforcement Officer, Shelley took the decision to step away from her career and join the Point to Point Authority on a part time basis as Liaison Officer. Within this role, Shelley is able consider and make real changes at grassroots level, accompanied with her passion and a long involvement in horseracing.
Once married to a jockey and now a mother to one, she fully understands the demands of the sport along with the dedication and commitment required to succeed.
Dominique is the project assistant for the Union Learn education project at The National Association of Racing Staff. She has worked in the equine side of the industry for 16 years, during which time she had various roles but always continued to work directly with the equine stars of horseracing.
Horseracing has always been her passion and she has strived to continue a career in the industry whilst being a single mother to two sons.
Dominique is looking forward to being a part of the Women in Racing committee, in the hope that she can advocate for other parents working at the grass roots level within the horseracing industry.
Lucy has held roles at the Jockey Club Rooms and Weatherbys, and is currently Community Engagement Manager for Racing Together; an exciting industry initiative within the charity Racing to School. Lucy has had a lifelong involvement in the sport, through yards and riding point to pointing, and now enjoys retraining racehorses for their second careers.
Lucy is looking forward to playing a part in helping those working across racing to fulfil their career aims through the industry-leading mentoring programme, and encouraging them to make the most of the support network and opportunities provided by Women in Racing.
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WIRadmin | Jan. 4, 2021 | In the News
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WIRadmin | Dec. 2, 2020 | In the News
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WIRadmin | Nov. 14, 2020 | In the News
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