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Senior Management
Nicola Strong
Head of Communications and Marketing

Joining Racing Welfare in 2021 as Head of Communications and Marketing has given me the opportunity to combine three elements I am passionate about; the charity sector, communications and racing.

I have previously worked as Head of Communications for Prior’s Court – a charity providing 52 week residential care and education for young people with severe autism. Prior to that, I spent 9 years in communications at Macmillan Cancer Support, working closely with Services, Fundraising and campaigns teams across Central and South West England.

I’ve grown up riding ponies from a young age and have always been a regular racegoer. Closely following the sport gave me the bug for Thoroughbreds and when I came home from Uni I bought my first ex-racehorse.

Since then, I’ve bought and retrained a number of ex-racehorses, which I’ve taken British Eventing, British Showjumping and tolerated the odd bit of dressage!
In a freelance capacity, I spent five years as a press officer for the Hickstead Derby and Royal Internal Horse Shows and have written feature stories and event reports for various online and print media. Highlights have included reporting from Badminton Horse Trials and interviewing the GBR eventing team ahead of the World Equestrian Games.

The support that Racing Welfare provides is unparalleled across other equestrian sports and is a huge and valuable asset to the industry. I’m proud to join an incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable team, where I can be a part of the charity’s continued growth so that we can provide even more vital support to racing’s workforce.

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Our Staff

Freja Thackray
Fundraiser
Central Team, Head Office
Elaine Maguire
Operations Administrator
Southern Region
Brendan Waterworth
Welfare Officer
HRH The Princess Royal
PRESIDENT
William Barlow
Chairman
Anna Lisa Balding
Committee Member
Charlie Boss
Committee Member
Olivia Broderick
Trustee
Colonel Toby Browne
Trustee
Lady Celina Carter
Trustee
Jonathan Eddis
Trustee
Richard Farquhar
Trustee
Craig Glasper
Trustee (Racing Homes)
Morag Gray
Trustee
Simon Hope
Trustee
Nick Luck
Committee Member
Nick McLeod-Clarke
Trustee
Patrick Russell
Trustee
Simon Stockley
Committee Member (Racing Homes)
Rod Street
Trustee
Paul Swain
Welfare Committee (Beneficiary rep)
Venetia Wrigley DL
Trustee
Central Team, Head Office
Joanne Cullen
Property & Contracts Manager
Central Team, Southern Region
Jayne Howick
Regional Community Executive - South
Central Team, Head Office
Imogen Lawrence
Digital Marketing Assistant
Northern Region
Beck Edmunds
Sam Twiston-Davies
National Hunt Jockey
Becky Smith
Amateur Jockey
Neil Phillips aka The Wine Tipster
Professional wine, bubbles and horseracing expert
Paul Nicholls
Eleven-times champion National Hunt trainer
Lee Mottershead
Journalist at the Racing Post
Ryan Moore
Three-time Champion Flat Jockey
Hayley Moore
Television Presenter
Ellie Mackenzie
Apprentice Jockey
Jack Lander
Fundraiser and pony racing Jockey
Ed Henderson
Point to Point Jockey
Mike Cattermole
Horseracing TV Presenter and Commentator
Darren Bird
Racing Cartoonist and Fine Artist
Western Region
Lucinda Gould
Welfare Officer
Western Region
Jessica Kelsall
Welfare Officer
Southern Region
Chloe Martin
Media and Communications Officer
Southern Region
Katy Ferguson
Welfare Officer (South East)
Southern Region
Louise Gardiner
Welfare Officer
Southern Region
Hannah Ryan
Welfare Officer
Southern Region
Kerry Blundell
Welfare Officer
Southern Region
Brian Watson
Regional Welfare Manager - West/South
Northern Region
Adam Ferguson
Regional Community Executive
Northern Region
Natalie Forrester
Welfare Officer
Northern Region
Helen Wilson
Welfare Officer
Northern Region
Sarah Monkman
Welfare Officer
Northern Region
Gail Burton-Pye
Welfare Officer
East & Midlands Region
Gail Jefferson
Welfare Officer
Northern Region
Harriet McHugh
Welfare Officer
Northern Region
Lucy Miller
Regional Welfare Manager
East & Midlands Region
Karen Davies
Welfare Officer
East & Midlands Region
Liz Carroll
Welfare Officer
East & Midlands Region
Rachel Costello
Welfare Officer
East & Midlands Region
Aimee Hockley-Righton
Regional Welfare Manager
Central Team
Simon Bailey
Chaplain
Central Team, Head Office
Rebecca McAllister
Account Assistant (Racing Homes)
Central Team, Head Office
Sarah Ashley
Housing Support Worker
Central Team, Head Office
Linda Mackay
Accounts Assistant
Central Team, Head Office
Jo Tennyson
Housing Officer
Central Team, Head Office
Emma Richardson
Welfare Executive & Database Administrator
Central Team
Karen Ladym
Project Lead – Mental Health Services
Central Team
Stella Cornell
Project Lead - Racing’s Support Line & Occupational Health Service
Central Team
Sarah Fanning
Project Lead - Careers Advice & Training Service
Central Team
Christina Sell
Project Lead - Industry Mental Health & Wellbeing
Central Team, Head Office
Deborah Jones
Accounts Assistant
Central Team, Head Office
Parris Wingfield-Lane
Digital Marketing Manager
Central Team
Maisie Turner
Fundraising Executive (maternity leave)
Senior Management
Ryan Judson
Head of Fundraising
Central Team
Jo White
Corporate Fundraising and Events Manager – Southern Region
Central Team, Head Office
Jennifer Gates
Volunteer Coordinator
Central Team, Head Office
Jenny Papworth
Housing and Office Administrator
Central Team, Head Office
Lissie Mitchell
Executive Assistant
Central Team, Head Office
Clare Ascroft
Operations Manager
Senior Management
Kay Boyden
Head of Programmes
Senior Management
Becky Ireland
Deputy Head of Welfare
Senior Management
Nicola Strong
Head of Communications and Marketing
Central Team
James Schofield
Partnership Manager
Senior Management
Wendy Botterill
Head of Housing
Senior Management
Matthew Cawkwell
Head of Finance
Senior Management
Simone Sear
Director of Welfare
Senior Management
Gemma Waterhouse
Chief Operating Officer
Senior Management
Dawn Goodfellow
Chief Executive