The Business of... Horse Racing with William Derby
Join our guest speaker William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York Racecourse and Jon Hammond Booth, former BBC presenter and Governor of York St John University for an insightful and entertaining Q&A session.
William Derby – Chief Executive & Clerk of the Course, York Racecourse
William Derby, 48, has been Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York Racecourse since 2003, having joined York Racecourse from Ascot Racecourse. A qualified chartered accountant with PwC, he joined Ascot Racecourse in 1997 as Head of Finance before being promoted to Commercial Director.
York Racecourse is Yorkshire’s largest sporting venue and is the current ‘UK Racecourse of the Year’ which it won in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The quality of racing at York continues to rise and is on a global stage with York’s flagship race ranked within the top ten in the world and prize money is second only to Ascot in the UK. Record attendances have been set with over 350,000 racegoers visiting the 18 day season in addition to some 700 non raceday events. A series of capital projects over the last 25 years have seen over £50m invested in the venue. A recently commissioned economic impact study undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University found York Racecourse brought £58m to the City’s economy each year and supported 1,350 full-time jobs.
Thursday 9 May 2019
De Grey Lecture Theatre, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, YO31 7EX
|5.45pm - 6.30pm||Arrival drinks and networking (De Grey Foyer)|
|6.30pm||Event begins (De Grey Lecture Theatre)|
|7.45pm||Drinks and networking (De Grey Foyer)|
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