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
Julie is a successful owner and breeder, with a passion for integrity and progressing people within the sport. She runs her own HR consultancy and has a background in corporate Human Resources at a senior level. Julie was appointed as Chairman in May 2017 and enjoys working with a talented Committee to progress Women in Racing's aims and objectives.
Tallulah is a Project Manager at Alizeti - Together for the Tote, 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.
Clare is an Insurance Executive for Weatherbys Hamilton, the insurance arm of Weatherbys. She grew up in racing as her father, James Bethell trains flat horses in Middleham but decided after university to gain experience outside the industry, qualifying first as a Chartered Accountant with PwC before spending 8 years as a recruitment consultant working in London, Sydney and Singapore. Clare is the membership secretary of Women in Racing.
Lauren has been a member of the Women in Racing (WiR) Committee for the last 4 years after being re-elected in 2017. She covers all aspects of the Mentoring Programme to ensure members have the most suitable partnership and arrange events such as workshops to share best practice. Having a mentor is a fantastic opportunity to encourage professional development and is a free benefit to members. In her WiR role and position as Marketing Manager at Hexham Racecourse, she is proud to show how great it is to work in the Racing Industry and to be a member of WiR.
Susannah is Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs for Together for the Tote. Prior to this she spent four years as Director of External Affairs for Arena Racing Company, and before that was Head of Public Affairs at Betfair following a stint as a researcher in parliament. She is a member of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group, a committee member for Women in Racing and a Trustee of the Northern Racing College. She is a keen marathon runner and has ridden in several point-to-points.
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.
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.
Throughout her 30 year plus career in banking, stockbroking and investor relations, Catherine has been a keen racegoer and supporter of the UK racing industry. Through involvement in point-to-point, jump and flat racehorse ownership, directly and through participation in syndicates, she has experienced the highs and lows of the industry over the years. She has encouraged race sponsorship and participation in the sport at the various organisations where she has worked. Operating in what is still a male-dominated industry, she is a champion of gender diversity at Board and executive levels. She has been a BHA Honorary Steward for five years and is a Trustee of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.
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.
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WIRadmin | Jan. 24, 2019 | In the News
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WIRadmin | Dec. 13, 2018 | In the News
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