I am a Welfare Officer and work remotely, traveling across the Midlands to support those who work or have worked in the industry. I am also the lead for the Careers Advice and Training Services (CATS), a new service that supports racing’s staff in taking the next step in their careers.
The best part of my job is meeting people, whether supporting an individual through a difficult time, or promoting Racing Welfare’s and CATS’ services. My role is quite varied and I get to meet and work with some amazing people from different backgrounds, right from their initial training and entering their career in racing, to throughout retirement.
Before coming to Racing Welfare, I was Curriculum Manager at The Northern Racing College. Prior to that I taught at the college and before that, worked in further education. I often see young graduates during yard and racecourse visits, and seeing them and others thriving in their careers is a huge highlight of my work.
In 2016 I qualified as a counsellor and now in my spare time I volunteer with a charity that supports young people in my local community.
What I love about horse racing most is that it brings together people from all backgrounds. It is an exciting sport and a diverse industry. It provides opportunities for staff to develop, whilst also offering a range of support when people need it, through charities such as Racing Welfare.