My name is Stella Cornell and I have been a Welfare Officer with Racing Welfare for twelve and a half years. I am based in Sheffield. I cover the counties of South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and some of Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
I am also the Lead safeguarding Officer for Racing Welfare and currently I am project manager for the Occupational Health Project.
My role requires me to meet with many different people from the racing and breeding industry, all of whom bring new perspectives and experiences. I am a people person and this makes coming to work at Racing Welfare a real pleasure. Having come from the statutory sector with all the restrictions this entails, I really enjoy the freedom of working in a progressive charity which enables us to put racing people at its heart.
I bring 30 years of experience of working with people and the community to my role, but also bring 40 years of horse experience. This comes from working with draft and heavy horses in the timber industry, so very different to the beautiful creatures I see every day in the yards and studs I visit.
Although I do not have a direct connection to racing, I have learnt a lot through my work with the charity and my shared love of horses and people, which has enabled me to be able to really get to know the industry and offer advice, support and assistance.