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Hepburn replaces Henderson at Wincanton

20 November 2014

Wincanton has announced committee director Jo Hepburn will take over as its chair, replacing Guy Henderson who becomes Ascot's new chief executive in the new year.

Hepburn, a former point-to-point rider whose father Bill Foulkes was champion amateur jump jockey in 1972, starts her role on January 1.

"I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked to be Guy's successor at Wincanton," she said. "It is a big gap to fill as he has done so much for the racecourse and we will miss him hugely.

"However, we have a really strong and enthusiastic team and we will all enjoy building on the great legacy he leaves behind."

Hepburn, who runs a family farming and equestrian operation and has previously worked for the National Trainers Federation and in bloodstock shipping, was welcomed into the role by the outgoing Henderson.

He said:  "I am delighted for Wincanton that Jo has been appointed the next chairman of the racecourse. Jo's love of jump racing and involvement in our locality ideally suit her to lead Wincanton along the next phase of its development as we approach its 150th anniversary in 2017."

Wincanton also announced Geoff Derham will join the track's committee from January.

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