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 a Programme 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.

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Tallulah Lewis - Women in Racing Chair

Catherine Nash

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.

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Catherine Nash

Gill Nevin

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.

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Gill Nevin

Jane Jackson

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.  

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Jane Jackson

Lauren Dobson

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.

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Lauren Dobson

Lauren Minchin

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. 

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Lauren Minchin

Lynn Tomkins

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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Lynn Tomkins

Naomi Mellor

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. 

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Naomi Mellor

Shelley Coles

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.

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Shelley Coles

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Women in Racing appoints Tallulah Lewis as new Chair

Women in Racing appoints Tallulah Lewis as new Chair

WIRadmin | June 26, 2019 | In the News

Women in Racing appoints Tallulah Lewis as new Chair Gill Nevin, Lauren Minchin and Shelley Coles join committee   Women in Racing has appointed Tallulah Lewis as the new Chair of the network that supports women involved in horseracing.   ...

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WIRadmin | May 30, 2019 | In the News

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WIRadmin | May 29, 2019 | In the News

Thoroughbred Horseracing MBA Open Evening Thursday 13th June | From 5pm | University of Liverpool in London, EC2A 1AG   Join us at the University of Liverpool in London campus to learn more about our uniqueThoroughbred Horseracing Industries Master of Business ...

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Women in Racing announces as strategic partner of the All-In Diversity Project

Women in Racing announces as strategic partner of the All-In Diversity Project

WIRadmin | May 10, 2019 | In the News

In their 10th year and on the day they host their AGM at Ascot Racecourse we are delighted to announce that Women in Racing has become the latest strategic partner to join forces with the AIDP.   LONDON – May ...

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Women in Racing hosts AGM at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 10th May

Women in Racing hosts AGM at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 10th May

WIRadmin | March 21, 2019 | In the News

Guest speakers include the All-In Diversity Project and Vanessa Cashmore  Call for members to join the Women in Racing Committee  Women in Racing looks to appoint Regional Representatives for the first time   Women in Racing is delighted to announce that the 2019 ...

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