International Women's Day at Sandown Park Racecourse

Tuesday 08 March 2022

Sandown Park Racecourse
Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ

£40 Members only | £50 Non-member | £40 Student

Women in Racing is delighted to announce its annual mentoring event, taking place at Sandown Park during International Women's Day on Tuesday 8th March. Join us to celebrate ten years of the industry-leading mentoring programme, as we highlight the achievements of women working across the sport and explore the benefits and the future of mentoring.

  • 10.30am for 11am start
  • Welcome and introduction from WiR Chair
  • Panel discussion focussing on mentoring, hosted by Dena Merson
  • About the WiR mentoring programme
  • 1pm Delicious two course finger buffet lunch
  • Followed by a brilliant afternoon's racing for Grand Military Gold Cup Day.

Your admission ticket is included in the event cost. While some beverages are included in the ticket cost, a pay bar will also be available. Please let know if you have any dietary requirements when booking.

With thanks to The Jockey Club and the team at Sandown Park for their support of this event.

Our host and experienced Coach, Mentor and Simply Racing Founder Dena Merson will lead the discussion, reflecting back on the mentoring programme but also looking ahead at how best to serve WiR members in the years to come.

Introducing Two of our Panellists

Dr Eleanor Boden
Manager, Scottish Racing Academy

Eleanor is responsible for the development and management of the Scottish Racing Academy provision, the teams as well as key education and industry partners. Eleanor's main focus is to enhance recruitment strategies and employer engagement. Eleanor is involved in a multitude of industry-wide initiatives due to her enthusiasm for inclusion, diversity, teaching and learning, and recently completed her PhD "Where did all the girls go? Gender, Education and Work in the Horseracing Industry".

Claire Kubler
Racehorse Trainer

An outstanding horsewoman, Claire grew up around thoroughbreds on a stud farm. Graduates included European Champion Sprinter Reverence and many other top class winners. Claire read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, specialising in Physiology. Her work on muscle cells was published in the prestigious scientific Journal of Physiology. Subsequently Claire qualified as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers working in Forensics, winning several awards.

Claire spent multiple sales seasons with the Queen’s Racing Advisor, John Warren. Before starting to train Claire was Assistant Trainer for top trainers including Patrick Gallagher in California and classic winning trainer Jeremy Noseda in Newmarket. Claire now trains successfully from Sarsen Farm in Upper Lambourn with husband Daniel, winning a prestigious Lycetts Team Champion Award in 2020. Claire is also a mentor on the Women in Racing Mentoring Programme.

Jennifer Loomes
Inclusion & Diversity Lead, The Jockey Club

After 10 years working in UK and Global Talent Acquisition & HR, Jen joined the Jockey Club in 2016. As part of the People & Culture Team she supported the Group in all people matters, until July last year when she moved in to the Inclusion & Diversity Lead role. Jen has a strong passion for Diversity and Inclusion borne out of, not only my professional experiences and interests, but out of personal experience. Having witnessed the impact that disability through chronic illness and associated mental health issues have, has driven her to raise awareness and challenge perceptions.

Christina Thakor-Rankin
Co-founder, All-in Diversity

Christina has close to 30 years’ experience in the global betting and gambling sector. Starting out in the pre-dotcom era with a career that spans both on and off-line, covering all aspects of betting and gambling operations (including sportsbook and trading), and responsible for managing multiple business disciplines, functions and teams across a range of channels, products, and customers, from regulatory compliance and money laundering to strategic development, marketing and responsible gaming with some of the world’s best known brands including William Hill and Virgin.

Christina serves as a committee member for the National Council on Problem Gambling, is advisor to the All-India Gaming Federation, Co-Founder of the All-In Diversity Project and a regular contributor to industry publications and events.

About the WiR Mentoring Programme

Women in Racing (WiR) is a network supporting women involved in horseracing. The objective of the WiR Mentoring Programme is to provide members across racing with tailored support, encouragement, guidance and a network to support their development. The door is always open for new mentees to join the programme, which remains a free benefit as part of your WiR membership.

Members/ students: £40

Non Members welcome: £50