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Carver set to become RCA chairwoman

27 March 2015

MAGGIE CARVER, who has a wealth of experience in racing and television, has been chosen to succeed Ian Barlow as chair of the Racecourse Association. 
Carver will join the RCA board in a non-executive role from Wednesday, taking over from Barlow, who retires on June 30 having completed six years in the position, on June 1. 
Her roles have included being managing director of Three On Four, the company that produced Channel 4 Racing until Highflyer took over in 1995. Carver is also a director – and former chairwoman – of ITN, and a former director of SIS, Channel 5 and spread betting company Sporting Index.
She said yesterday: “It’s an enormous privilege to take up this key role at such an exciting time for the RCA and racecourses.” 
Carver has already had a link to the RCA as chairwoman of RaceTech, supplier of television pictures to the British racing industry, which she joined two years ago. 
RaceTech is a wholly owned subsidiary of the RCA and, while she will continue in that role for now, the plan is for her to hand over the chair later this year. 
RCA vice-chairwoman Vivien Kyles said: “Maggie offers a wealth of experience in a number of areas of key importance to racecourses, including her expert knowledge and understanding of the media and broadcast industries. We would also like to pay tribute to the contribution Ian Barlow has made to the RCA and its members over the past six years.”

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