Newmarket-based Racing Welfare, one of horseracing’s most important charities has been left reeling by the shock resignation of its chief executive.
The Park Lane-based charity, which looks after existing and retired racing and stud staff, announced yesterday it was looking for a successor to Lesley Graham who had stood down after just over two years in the post.
The former Channel 4 Racing presenter and ex-wife of former trainer Neil Graham, said she had thoroughly enjoyed her tenure at the charity and praised its staff for the support they had given her.
“I feel that I have done the job required of me when appointed and this charity can now fulfil the potential that its beneficiaries and the racing industry deserve,” she said.
“I first went racing when I was three years old and have been involved in many aspects ever since. I can honestly say that my role at Racing Welfare has given me the greatest rewards”.
Charity chairman Joey Newton, said “The trustees are extremely grateful to Lesley for the tremendous energy and effort she has put into leading Racing Welfare. In particular, Lesley has gone to great lengths to identify the needs and expectations of the racing industry which form the basis of our new strategy.”