I joined Racing Welfare in March 2021 initially as Fundraising Executive, before moving to the Welfare team in June 2021. In my role of Welfare Officer I am focussed on supporting those working in and retired from the racing industry through life’s challenges, and this involves travelling throughout the region visiting beneficiaries, workplaces and racecourses to ensure that they are aware of the support that Racing Welfare can offer.
I grew up riding ponies from a young age and during my teens began to take a keen interest in racing, specifically National Hunt racing. I decided to take up a job in the sport after finishing university in 2007 and went to work for National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls in Somerset, right at the peak of the ‘Golden Age’ for Manor Farm Stables with horses such as Kauto Star, Denman, Master Minded and Big Bucks in the yard; it really was any racing fan’s dream to go to work on a yard packed full of superstars every day! I later took part in the 2014 BHA Graduate Scheme where I spent my placement at the Racecourse Association, and following my placement I was offered a position in the office with then fledgling trainer Dan Skelton where I stayed for a further six years and saw the yard enjoy rapid expansion and plenty of early success.
After working in a variety of roles in racing I am acutely aware of the vital work of Racing Welfare in supporting those who are the lifeblood of our industry, and having enjoyed many wonderful years working in racing I am now delighted to be able to give something back to the sport that has given me so much.