Arena Racing Company (ARC) has named Amy Smith as Executive Director of Lingfield Park Resort, where she will take sole responsibility for the racecourse company as well as the Marriott Hotel, golf course and spa.
Russell Bowes has been hired as General Manager at Lingfield Park as part of the reshuffle and will advise Smith in a number of business areas. In the meantime, Bowes will take over from Michael Thomas, who was hired as Worcester Racecourse’s General Manager.
The new appointment was announced by Smith: “I am very much looking forward to getting started as Executive Director at Lingfield Park. I am fully aware of the important roles that the racecourse and wider resort play in both the racing world and the local community, so we will look to build on what has been a successful year in 2019 into the wide variety of race days and events that we have planned in 2020 and beyond.”
Following Jenny Cheshire’s retirement after 19 years, Rebecca Davies was appointed to Local Executive Director supervising the running of both Hereford and Worcester Racecourses.
ARC Group Operations Director Mark Spincer commented, “We are very pleased to appoint Amy Smith as Executive Director at Lingfield Park. Amy has been in the business for over seven years and we look forward to her taking the helm with the support of a dedicated team and the additional experience that Russell brings from both racecourses and other sporting venues.
“Michael Thomas has done a fantastic job in the last year as General Manager of Lingfield Park, and we are delighted that he will take up the new role at Worcester under the leadership of Rebecca Davies. Jenny Cheshire has been at the heart of Worcester for over nineteen years and everyone at ARC would like to wish her all the best in retirement.”