The role of The Jockey Club CEO will be permanently held by Nevin Truesdale, the ‘acting’ Group Chief Executive, from 1 January 2021.
Since the end of August, Truesdale has led the organisation in a ‘acting’ capacity after former CEO Delia Bushell stepped down after an independent investigation that upheld ‘gross misconduct’ claims.
Truesdale, celebrating his new job, said: “The Jockey Club is full of talented and hardworking women and men who are passionate about the future of British Racing, whether they have come into the industry from a whole range of different sectors or had a career within the sport to date.
“I’d like to pay tribute to how our teams have handled the challenges of the pandemic and its impacts so far and I’m confident we will navigate this crisis and on to a very exciting future.
“Over the past few months I’ve enjoyed strengthening working relationships and making significant progress for the industry with our diverse range of stakeholders and commercial partners.
“Collaboration and strong relationships are so important to delivering success, as is listening to your customers, providing fantastic experiences for all and constantly embracing change and innovation. We’ll be working hard to continue our success in these areas in the years to come.”
In August 2013, Truesdale first joined The Jockey Club, having previously retained responsibility as Group Chief Financial Officer for aspects of the Group’s financial and commercial strategy, monitoring and control.
He was confirmed to succeed Simon Bazalgette, who stepped down from the position of CEO in 2019, as one of the favourites. Nevertheless, Bushell was offered the role.
Truesdale is also a board member of Jockey Club Racecourses, The National Stud, Jockey Club Catering, The Racecourse Association and Racecourse Media Community as a racing enthusiast and racehorse owner.
Sandy Dudgeon, The Jockey Club Senior Steward, said: “The Board is delighted to appoint Nevin as our Group Chief Executive. He has demonstrated excellent leadership of the whole business over the last few months and first-class performance as a senior executive over several years.
“He and his senior team have now completed a significant reorganisation programme designed to set The Jockey Club onto a firm footing for innovation, growth and sustainability for the future, and I wish him every success in the role.”