Paul Fisher has been appointed as the chief executive of Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the racecourse group that operates 15 tracks in the UK.
Fisher, who has held several senior positions with the Jockey Club since his 2008 employment, assumes his new role on the 1st July. He will report directly to Simon Bazalgette, group chief executive of The Jockey Club and chairman of JCR.
Fisher also becomes The Jockey Club’s appointment to the board of British Champions Series, a series of 35 top British flat races, which culminates in a day-long festival at Ascot racecourse known as British Champions Day.
"We’re proud to welcome millions of people each year to enjoy our events and, whether they are coming because they are racing fans, looking for a great day out or participants in our sport,” said Fisher. “We want each to have a fantastic Jockey Club experience at our venues or through our broadcast partners. As well as investing large sums in our facilities and prize money to achieve the growth we have in recent years, we have also put a lot of emphasis on building a really positive, supportive and high-performing culture.”
Bazalgette added: "I am proud of our executive management team and what they, and all of our hardworking colleagues around The Jockey Club, achieve for British Racing on a daily basis.
"Under Paul's leadership, we have seen Jockey Club Racecourses' turnover increase by more than 90 per cent since The Jockey Club's first full year operating solely as a commercial group, leading to increased prize money contributions to new record levels each year. His promotion is a reflection of achievements such as these and the responsibilities he delivers for us today."
In addition, The Jockey Club also announced that Nevin Truesdale had added the heritage title and responsibilities of Keeper of the Match Book to his current role of group finance director, and Scott Bowers has assumed the title of group director of communications and corporate affairs. Bowers joined The Jockey Club as group director of communications in 2010 from the sports division of PR agency, Weber Shandwick.