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Phil White has embarked on his new role as General Manager of Kempton Park Racecourse.

23 July 2012

The top management position at the Sunbury-on-Thames venue was available following Amy Starkey’s move to run Newmarket Racecourses which is also part of Jockey Club Racecourses, the largest racecourse group in Britain.

Phil White, 37, was previously Sales Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the sales strategy for hospitality, sponsorship, conferences and events. Since joining the racecourse in November 2009, he became pivotal to the growth of sales in all areas of the business, including the Investec Derby Festival.

Prior to his role at Epsom Downs, White was Sales Director at Kempton Park, where he was a member of the senior management team. It is also where he started working for Jockey Club Racecourses in 2002, before moving to Sandown Park. In total he has worked for the Group for the last decade.

In his new role as General Manager at Kempton Park, Phil White oversees the running of 95 fixtures annually, including the William Hill King George VI Chase, won in 2011 for a record fifth time by Kauto Star. He is also be responsible for continued growth across all areas of the business, including a conferences and events operation that generates more than £1.5m in turnover each year.

Phil White said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed General Manager at Kempton Park. I’m hugely grateful for the opportunities I've had since joining The Jockey Club and I’m delighted to have rejoined the racecourse where I began my career in horseracing nearly 10 years ago. The Kempton Park team has had a hugely successful few years and I'm really excited to be working with the team to build upon their achievements in my new position.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Epsom Downs and I was very sad to leave my team and colleagues. However, Kempton Park and Epsom Downs enjoy a close working relationship, which will grow further in the coming months and years under a new regional management structure at Jockey Club Racecourses, so I’m confident I will be working alongside the Epsom team in my new role.”

Mike Street, Chairman of Kempton Park Racecourse, said: “I am delighted to welcome Phil White back to Kempton Park and to acknowledge the enormous depth of talent within the Jockey Club Racecourses’ organisation.

“The standard of the applicants for this post was extremely high and true testimony to the tireless work that has gone into training and development over the last three years or so.

“Phil's previous experience as a senior member of the Kempton team coupled with the invaluable experience gained at Epsom Downs Racecourse will prove invaluable as we continue to develop the business and take Kempton on to still greater achievements.”

Kempton Park Racecourse has announced the promotion of Phil White as its new General Manager.

The top management position at the Sunbury-on-Thames venue was available following Amy Starkey’s move to run Newmarket Racecourses which is also part of Jockey Club Racecourses, the largest racecourse group in Britain.

Phil White, 37, is currently Sales Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the sales strategy for hospitality, sponsorship, conferences and events. Since joining the racecourse in November 2009, he has been pivotal to the growth of sales in all areas of the business, including the Investec Derby Festival.

Prior to his role at Epsom Downs, White was Sales Director at Kempton Park, where he was a member of the senior management team. It is also where he started working for Jockey Club Racecourses in 2002, before moving to Sandown Park. In total he has worked for the Group for the last decade.

In his new role as General Manager at Kempton Park, Phil White will oversee the running of 95 fixtures annually, including the William Hill King George VI Chase, won in 2011 for a record fifth time by Kauto Star. He will also be responsible for continued growth across all areas of the business, including a conferences and events operation that generates more than £1.5m in turnover each year.

Phil White said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed General Manager at Kempton Park. I’m hugely grateful for the opportunities I've had since joining The Jockey Club and I’m looking forward to returning to the racecourse where I began my career in horseracing nearly 10 years ago. The Kempton Park team has had a hugely successful few years and I'm really excited about working with the team to build upon their achievements in my new position.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Epsom Downs and I will be very sad to leave my team and colleagues. However, Kempton Park and Epsom Downs enjoy a close working relationship, which will grow further in the coming months and years under a new regional management structure at Jockey Club Racecourses, so I’m confident I will be working alongside the Epsom team in my new role.”

Mike Street, Chairman of Kempton Park Racecourse, said: “I am delighted to welcome Phil White back to Kempton Park and to acknowledge the enormous depth of talent within the Jockey Club Racecourses’ organisation.

“The standard of the applicants for this post was extremely high and true testimony to the tireless work that has gone into training and development over the last three years or so.

“Phil's previous experience as a senior member of the Kempton team coupled with the invaluable experience gained at Epsom Downs Racecourse will prove invaluable as we continue to develop the business and take Kempton on to still greater achievements.”

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