After a “distinguished career” of 15 years, RaceTech Chairman Tom Phillips has announced his desire to stand down on September 30th.
Phillips joined RacingTech in 2006 as a non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee, and has since served as Chairman of the company, overseeing a number of key initiatives and milestones.
Bevan Gibson, who has worked as a non-executive Director at RaceTech since 2016 and is currently Chief Technology Officer at EuroMediaGroup, will succeed the outgoing Chairman. He has extensive experience in outdoor and remote broadcasting.
RaceTech established itself as a provider of outside broadcast and integrity services to British racecourses under Philips’ leadership, with coverage of 100 percent of racing facilities now maintained, as well as stalls handling, photo finish, and PA services to tracks across the UK.
Phillips also handled the development of HD broadcasting and negotiated a deal with RaceTech to provide cameras for ITV Racing’s secondary broadcasting sites on race days, as well as building a remote stewarding operation.
A privilege being Chairman
“It has been such a privilege being Chairman of RaceTech. We have achieved much as a team these past years and I’ve enjoyed working with such talented and professional colleagues,” Phillips remarked.
“I wish everyone at RaceTech well under the future leadership of Bevan. He is someone I’ve worked closely with these past five years and I have no doubt RaceTech will continue to thrive under his leadership.”
The Racecourse Association (RCA), which has owned RaceTech since 1997 and is a regular partner of the Arena Racing Company (ARC) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), thanked Phillips for his contributions at RaceTech and confirmed that he would continue to be involved with the company as Chairman of the RCA Pension Scheme Trustees.
Chairman of the RCA Maggie Carver said: “I am extremely grateful for Tom’s outstanding contribution to RaceTech and British racing. It was under Tom’s stewardship that RaceTech saw exponential growth, including securing the contract to offer outside broadcast facilities for all British racecourses.
“I am pleased to see such an exceptional candidate as Bevan Gibson named as the new Chairman of RaceTech. Bevan’s outstanding reputation and knowledge in this sector will be invaluable as we look to navigate the way out of the pandemic and capitalise on significant growth and innovation within the organisation over the past few years.”
Incoming Chairman Gibson has had a diversified career that includes key positions at technology and broadcasting companies such as Sky and ITV.
He was in charge of performing a strategic assessment of Sky Creative’s operational and commercial operations at Sky, while at ITV, he built a sports business portfolio and pushed to open up previously untapped areas.
Gibson has this to say about his new role: “I’m delighted to be taking up this position of Chairman following Tom’s superb leadership of RaceTech.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be leading such a prestigious organisation within the racing industry, and I’m very much looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead.”