Nevin Truesdale takes the reins as Jockey Club CEO

Nevin Truesdale takes the reins as Jockey Club CEO

Nevin Truesdale, the ‘acting’ Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, will assume the position on a permanent basis from 1 January 2021.

Truesdale has led the company in an ‘acting’ capacity since the end of August after former-CEO Delia Bushell stepped down following an independent inquiry which upheld allegations of ‘gross misconduct’.

Celebrating his new role, Truesdale said: “The Jockey Club is full of talented and hardworking women and men who are passionate about the future of British Racing, whether they have come into the industry from a whole range of different sectors or had a career within the sport to date. 

“I’d like to pay tribute to how our teams have handled the challenges of the pandemic and its impacts so far and I’m confident we will navigate this crisis and on to a very exciting future.

“Over the past few months I’ve enjoyed strengthening working relationships and making significant progress for the industry with our diverse range of stakeholders and commercial partners. 

“Collaboration and strong relationships are so important to delivering success, as is listening to your customers, providing fantastic experiences for all and constantly embracing change and innovation. We’ll be working hard to continue our success in these areas in the years to come.”

Truesdale first joined The Jockey Club in August 2013, having previously held responsibility for aspects of the Group’s financial and commercial planning, reporting and control as Group Chief Financial Officer.

He was reported to be among the favourites to succeed Simon Bazalgette, who stepped down from the CEO position in 2019. However, the job was given to Bushell.

A racing fan and racehorse owner, Truesdale is also a Board Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, The National Stud, Jockey Club Catering, The Racecourse Association and Racecourse Media Group.

Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: “The Board is delighted to appoint Nevin as our Group Chief Executive. He has demonstrated excellent leadership of the whole business over the last few months and first-class performance as a senior executive over several years. 

“He and his senior team have now completed a significant reorganisation programme designed to set The Jockey Club onto a firm footing for innovation, growth and sustainability for the future, and I wish him every success in the role.”

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