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Army chief is new Racing College CEO

16 July 2015

An army officer for 36 years who commanded Europe’s largest garrison at Catterick has been named as the new chief executive of the Northern Racing College in Doncaster, writes Bill Barber.

Colonel Stephen Padgett will take over on July 24 from Dawn Good fellow, who is leaving to become chief executive of racing’s umbrella charity Racing Welfare.

Padgett, who is originally from West Yorkshire and was commissioned into the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire from Sandhurst in April 1980, has served in many different roles and locations.

Immediately before being posted to command 20,000 personnel at Catterick in 2013 he spent a number of years in the US, where he was an adviser with America’s strategic forces and was Nato’s representative in the Pentagon.

Padgett served in Afghanistan in 2005-6, where he headed the British contingent as Commander British Forces and also was the UK’s Defence Attache in Kabul. He said: “I'm absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to join the NRC at this time.

 I know great progress has been made under Dawn’s leadership and, with the tremendous, active support provided by its board, the college is in a good place from which to develop still further.”

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