Andy Clifton has been named as the new racing director of the Racecourse Association (RCA), the trade association for British horse racing’s 59 racecourses.
Clifton, who is currently the head of communications and sponsorship at Newbury Racecourse, will assume his new position on 4th September. He takes over the role from Claire Sheppard, who becomes the new chief executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA).
Prior to joining the Newbury Racecourse in September 2014, Clifton was the communications manager at Cheltenham Racecourse and executive manager of racing PR at the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).
The Briton worked for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) for four years, as well in the PR departments of bookmakers Ladbrokes and The Tote.
“I am looking forward hugely to becoming part of the talented RCA team in the autumn,” said Clifton. “It will be a wrench to leave Newbury after three years in which the racecourse has made significant progress on many fronts, but the opportunity to become racing director at the RCA at such an important time for the industry was not one that I could turn down.”
Stephen Atkin, chief executive of the RCA, added: “I am delighted to welcome Andy to the RCA team and to this key role for the RCA. Andy brings a wealth of experience in the sport and will complement well the existing skill sets within the RCA team at this exciting time for the sport, with the imminent launch of the Racing Authority.
“I am confident that Andy will further develop the advances made under Claire Sheppard. I should also like to thank Claire for her significant contribution to the RCA and to wish her well in her new career at the TBA.”