Racing Welfare appoints Simone

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Racing Welfare has appointed Simone Sear to fill the vacancy left by Terri Griffiths, who is believed to have signed a confidentiality agreement after leaving the Jockey Club-backed charity.

Widely respected as the Newmarket-based organisation’s head of welfare, Miss Griffiths, who was awarded the MBE for her services in the area while in the Army, had not worked since last summer with her absence understood to have been stress-related.

Her departure marks the latest change of personnel among senior positions at Racing Welfare since chief executive Lesley Graham took over stewardship last January. In that time fundraising and communications executive Richard Negus has also left and two trustees, General Sir Sam Cowan and owner-breeder Antonia Deuters, resigned.

“Terri was off since last June-July time and she has elected not to come back which is understandable,” said Lesley.

“I was in Scotland when Terri decided she didn’t want to come back and it is up to her to choose whether she wants to say or not. Simone was thrown in at the deep end when Terri was away, but she’s done a great job. Everybody loves her so there was no need to advertise the job.”