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  • Writer's picturePeter McNeile

Change at the top at Ascot after 2022 Royal meeting

Ascot Racecourse last week announced that Guy Henderson will retire as CEO at Ascot following next year’s Royal Meeting, his eighth at the helm.

Guy Henderson said, “We make this announcement as the process to appoint the next CEO begins. “Meanwhile, it remains business as usual as we deliver the remainder of the 2021 racing and events programme and build towards Royal Ascot 2022 in the Platinum Jubilee year. This will be a unique event at Ascot about which we are all very excited.”

Ascot CEO Guy Henderson will step down after the Royal meeting in 2022
Ascot CEO Guy Henderson will step down after the Royal meeting in 2022

Sir Francis Brooke, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot and Chairman, added,

“Guy’s leadership at Ascot has been transformational since he became CEO in January 2015.

He raised the business to a new level of success and then had to face the enormous challenge

of running two successive Royal Meetings in the midst of a global pandemic. Both last year

and this, he and the whole Ascot team rose to that challenge magnificently and delivered the

best event possible in the circumstances.

“This transition process has been planned and we now look forward to Guy leading the

business until Royal Ascot 2022, while the process for the appointment of the next CEO


Executive Search specialists Spencer Stuart have been appointed to identify the candidates for one of the most coveted jobs in horseracing worldwide.

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