Saturday 24 December

New Year heralds personnel changes in Yorkshire

The New Year brings with it some organisational changes at three of the Yorkshire racecourses which are managed by International Racecourse Management.

At the end of racing on New Year’s Day, John Sanderson and Fiona Needham are to step-down as Catterick’s Managing Director and General Manager respectively. John Sanderson was appointed Managing Director in 1991 and Fiona Needham has been General Manager there since October 2008.

Both will, however, continue their long association with the racecourse, with John Sanderson remaining a director and Fiona Needham continuing her existing Clerk of the Course duties.

Catterick Sales & Marketing Manager Emma Stevenson has been promoted to General Commercial Manager and current director James Sanderson will assume the role of Catterick Chief Executive, whilst also continuing in a similar capacity at Thirsk Racecourse.

Other promotions within the IRM-group include Sales & Marketing Managers Michelle Campbell and Erin Boswell. Michelle Campbell has been promoted to General Manager Wetherby Racecourse, where she will continue to work alongside Chief Executive Jonjo Sanderson; whilst Erin Boswell steps up to become General Commercial Manager at Thirsk Racecourse.

IRM Chief Executive John Sanderson said,

“ Fiona stepping down as General Manager at Catterick has proved a catalyst for some organisational changes.  We are most grateful for all that Fiona has done for Catterick Racecourse over the past 14 years and delighted she has agreed to continue as Clerk of the Course.

The internal promotions of Michelle Campbell, Emma Stephenson and Erin Boswell are just rewards for the energy, effort and talent they all display, it’s wonderful to see them all progress and I wish them all possible success. “

(For any further information please contact James Sanderson, mob. 07850 058019;