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The Racing Foundation

The Racing Foundation was established in January 2012 by its founding members, comprising the British Horseracing Authority, The Horsemen’s Group and the Racecourse Association.

It was set up with an endowment from the net proceeds of the UK government’s sale of the Tote with the principle aim of supporting charitable purposes associated with the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry. It does this by investing funds to generate investment income and using the income to make grants to appropriate charities.

Ian Barlow


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.

Linda Bowles


Linda Bowles is the Group HR Director of the Jockey Club a post she has held since March 2011. Prior to this she held a variety of senior HR roles across different sectors including working in the betting industry as, Director of Human Resources, for The Tote. She is a member of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group. As well as having a lifelong passion for horseracing Linda is a keen supporter of Welsh Rugby. 

Susannah Gill


Susannah is Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs for Together for the Tote. Prior to this she spent four years as Director of External Affairs for Arena Racing Company, and before that was Head of Public Affairs at Betfair following a stint as a researcher in parliament. She a member of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group, a committee member for Women in Racing and a Trustee of the Northern Racing College. She is a keen marathon runner and has ridden in several point-to-points.

Mark Johnston


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


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


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


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


Tansy Challis is a graduate of Cambridge University with a BA and MA in English. She has twelve 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.

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