Ian Barlow was the Chairman of The Racecourse Association for 6 years and spent 35 years at KPMG, latterly as Senior Partner. His charitable experience includes 6 years as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces and he has a significant knowledge of grant giving, through the Safer London Foundation, which he established as founder Chairman, and the London Development Agency, where he was a Board member for 4 years.
Based in Middleham, Mark Johnston is one of Britain’s leading trainers, having become the first Flat trainer to send out more than 200 winners in a season (2009), a feat that he has since repeated many times. He has trained more than 100 winners for 22 consecutive seasons, achieving success in Classics and numerous Group One races. He is also a qualified vet, having practised for three years before becoming a racehorse trainer.
Jane Keir is a qualified solicitor and Senior Partner at Kingsley Napley LLP. She is one of only four women to lead a top 100 law firm in England and Wales. She owns Elkington Stud, in Oxfordshire, which is home to 8 broodmares.
William Rucker is a qualified accountant and Chief Executive of Lazard, as well as the Non-Executive Chairman of Crest Nicholson plc. He is a racehorse owner, member of the Jockey Club and sits on the Cheltenham Racecourse Committe.
Rob Hezel has held a range of senior roles in sport and other industries. As Chief Operating Officer at the Legal Ombudsman he set up and established the organisation from scratch. Prior to that he managed an education charity for the Football League and Professional Footballers Association. Rob is a qualified accountant and has an MBA.
Tansy Challis is a graduate of Cambridge University with a BA and MA in English. She has ten years of experience working in the charity sector, including four years at the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust in Cambridge and just under six years at Racing Welfare as Trust Fundraiser and then Head of Fundraising.