Nevin Truesdale will assume his position as Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club on a permanent basis from the start of 2021.
Having led the The Jockey Club in an ‘acting’ capacity since August 2021, following Delia Bushell’s resignation amid allegations of ‘gross misconduct’, Truesdale will assume his role on the 1st January 2021.
Celebrating his new position, 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.
Truesdale was previously one of the favourites to inherit the position from the outgoing Simon Bazalgate in 2019, but lost out to Bushell.
He first joined The Jockey Club in August 2013 and previously held the position of Group Chief Financial Officer, responsible for aspects of the company’s financial and commercial planning, reporting and control.
“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.” added Truesdale.
“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.”
The new CEO is a horse racing enthusiast and 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, noted: “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.”