Helen Willis has been named the new General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse by The Jockey Club. Due to start in mid-July, Willis will succeed Molly Dingwall, who will become the new General Manager of Haydock Park Racecourse. An alumnus of Bishop Burton College with a first-class degree in Equine Business Management, Willis joined The Jockey Club as a customer relations executive in March of 2021. She was promoted in February of this year to trainee general manager and has worked across many of The Jockey Club's events like the Cheltenham Festival, Aintree's Randox Grand National and the Cazoo Derby at Epsom Downs. Prior to joining The Jockey Club, Willis was a racing secretary to trainer Bryan Smart.
Helen Willis said, “I am thrilled to have secured the role of General Manager at Carlisle Racecourse. Having gained experience across the group, I have greatly enjoyed my role as trainee general manager this year. I am extremely grateful to everyone I have had the pleasure of working with for all their invaluable help and guidance. I am relishing assisting the racecourse's continued development in the times ahead.”
Dickon White, Regional Director, The Jockey Club North West, added, “Helen has been a very valued team member since joining The Jockey Club last year.
“With her experience across the group and the wider racing world, I am sure she is exactly the right person to continue to take Carlisle forward and further build on the excellent progress made by Molly Dingwall over the past four years.”