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ROA council member Liverton appointed new CEO

03 November 2015

THE RACEHORSE Owners Association has chosen one of its own council members to replace Richard Wayman as chief executive. 

Charlie Liverton,who was elected to the council last year, will take up his new position in January from Neptune Investment Management, where he was racing manager to Robin Geffen, which gives him close links to ROA president Rachel Hood. 

Geffen has owned a number of good horses trained by Hood’s husband John Gosden, including 2010 St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos in partnership with the ROA president.

 Liverton, 41, has been an owner for four years and first worked in the racing industry as pupil assistant to Dick Hern and Richard Hannon snr following a period at Tattersalls. Hood said Liverton had been chosen after an exhaustive recruitment process. 

She added: “He has already made a telling contribution to the ROA as a council member over the past 16 months, including as part of our raceday committee which works to improve the raceday experience for owners.

 “Heis passionate about the sport and, drawing on both his personal and ROA council member Liverton appointed new CEO professional experiences, has first-hand understanding of racehorse ownership at various levels and the many associated issues.” 

Liverton replaces Wayman, who is set to join the BHA as chief operating officer next month. The new chief executive said the role was an enormous privilege, adding: “Owners are the lifeblood of the sport and we need to make sure they are properly valued and fairly treated.”

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