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    Meet the team

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    George McGrath

    George McGrath

    Chief Executive

    George started working in racing when he was 14. He was apprentice to Ian Balding and his first ride was in the Queens silks, but a love of pies and a lack of direction meant this was short-lived! After working as a headman, assistant trainer and travelling headman he became Chief Executive of NARS. He enjoys cooking and Jamie Oliver is his favourite chef – however his missus says it’s not Jamie’s 30-minute meals but George’s 2-hour meals! He is a keen golfer with an ambition to get to a single figure handicap, from his current 11.

    Molly Hobbs

    Molly Hobbs

    Office Manager

    Molly had worked in various jobs before racing as well as obtaining a Higher Educational Diploma in Psychology, ICT, Sociology & Human Biology.

    Kevin Parsons

    Kevin Parsons

    Union Learn Project Manager & Sports Coordinator

    Kevin spent seventeen years in the industry in various roles before joining NARS where he now heads up our Union Learn project, helping many staff to achieve qualifications and improve their CV’s. It has however been a while since he last rode out, his love of food and dodging the gym being the main reason.

    Dominique Tortice

    Dominique Tortice

    Union Learn Project Assistant

    Dominique has worked within the racing industry for 15 years, in that time she has had various roles. She is passionate about horseracing and continues to ride out on a regular basis. In her current role Dominique assists with providing free training courses to help racing staff improve their qualifications and training.

    Executive council

    The Executive Council is the governing and managing body of NARS. George, the Chief Executive, reports to and takes direction from the council.

    If you would like to have your say about how NARS is run, you can put your name forward to be elected. Elections take place every 2 years; only full members of NARS can be elected and membership of the Executive Council will be for a 2 year period.

    There are 4 regions and 3 allocated seats for each region. There is also a seat reserved for women and one for ethnic minorities.

    The Executive Council must meet at least 4 times per year.

    Greg Davis

    Greg Davis

    Greg started in racing at 16 years old and was apprentice to the late Derek Kent. Aspirations of being a jockey were curtailed swiftly by “ability” and genes as he grew in height rapidly. In 1984 a travelling head lads job became available in Jimmy Faxes yard. A very worthwhile 2 years spent there then saw him take his Class 1 HGV license and move to Jim Ratcliffe horse transport in Newmarket. In 1989 he worked for John Gosden in Stanley House Stables, as horsebox driver, where he stayed for 10 years. Between 1999 and 2005 he had my only spell out of racing since leaving school when he went to drive for Turners haulage. In 2005 he began working for Godolphin as a horsebox driver where he is still employed. Greg is passionate about the racing industry generally and wishes to see standards constantly improve where possible. He enjoys contributing to the NARS quest to raise maintain and improve the working standards for racing staff throughout the country.

    Claudia Fisher

    Claudia Fisher

    Claudia has worked in racing at the “coal face” since the age of 18, and subsequently spent 13 years working in PR and Marketing for Arena Leisure, when under the ownership of Trevor Hemmings. On moving to Newmarket, she spent 7 years in fundraising and communications for Racing Welfare before becoming self-employed from 2007 – 2016, working in a range of racing related positions. At the same time, sh rode out first lot and kept a horse in training. After 5 years in HR and Health and Safety for Luca Cumani, she is now with Amy Murphy Racing carrying out a similar role.

    Louisa Allen

    Louisa Allen

    Louisa has been Head girl at Jim Boyle’s in Epsom for 15 years. When she’s not working, she can be found retraining her ex-racehorse Victor. He is her money pit as her partner says. Her response is that if he continues to say this Victor will stay but her partner might not!

    Richard Farmer

    Richard Farmer

    Richard is a work rider for Jim Boyle in Epsom and has been there for 15 years. He’s ace at poker — pun intended and would love to go to Vegas with a big wedge of cash and not worry about losing it! After that his next loves are Kronenbourg and food — any and lots!

    Kat Edwards

    Kat Edwards

    Kat works for Dave Roberts and Richard Newland in Shropshire. She enjoys eating out, doesn’t enjoy the gym but spends any time not eating in there... and can usually be found crying in the corner on the treadmill.

    Jemma Marshall

    Jemma Marshall

    Jemma Marshall is the chair for the Lambourn regional committee, she has also successfully helped stage the AGM there. Jemma also organises the Lambourn football and pool competitions. She works for Tom Wards and has ridden over 73 winners in her career.

    Pete McCulloch

    Pete McCulloch

    Pete works for Hugo Palmer in Newmarket and lists his hobbies as beer and golf and depending on the combination they are taken in his handicap differs! He swears his golf is better than George’s.

    John-Ross Burdon

    John-Ross Burdon

    John-Ross has worked as head lad for Andrew Balding for over 3 years having spent 15+ years in Newmarket and a winter in Australia previously for trainers such as Henry Cecil, Roger Varian and Chris Waller.

    Shaun Johnson

    Shaun Johnson

    Shaun started working in racing in 1996 and since 2017 has worked for Lycetts team champion winners Kubler racing as their transport manager. He has been on the NARS Lambourn committee since it was formed and am proud to say we have improved many aspects of working in racing in the area.

    Julia Bennet

    Julia Bennet

    Julia is travelling head girl for Jamie Osborne racing in Lambourn. She has worked with horses all her adult life including 8 years in Northern Virginia, USA. Since moving to Lambourn 15 years ago, she has fostered 16 children over a 7 year period in between stints of working for Jamie Osborne, Jamie Snowden, and LRT. She is a diehard Fleetwood Mac super fan and appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 with her dog. The photo is Julia with Cliff of Capri after he won at Ascot 2018.

    Gary King

    Gary King

    Gary has worked within the racing industry since the age of 13! He currently works for Roger Varian as a yard person, a position he has held for the last 3 years. He has filled almost every position there is, from apprentice jockey up to and including the senior head lad in a 100+ horse stable.

    Daryl Byrne

    Daryl Byrne

    Daryl rode as an apprentice in both Ireland and the UK. Daryl studies Sports Psychology at Leeds Trinity University. If that wasn’t enough, he is also secretary at the York Gaelic football club.

    Hannah Gregory

    Hannah Gregory

    Hannah hails from Yorkshire and is Assistant Trainer for Richard Phillips in Gloucestershire. She loves the jumps and rides competitively herself having won the skinners ladies open point to point final in 2018.

    Holly Tetsil

    Holly Tetsil

    Holly has worked at Olly Murphy Racing for the past 3 years and is still based there. She is in charge of a 35 horse barn and a few staff members. She says she is very lucky to look after and ride Thomas Darby daily.

    Racecourse inspectors

    Our 10 racecourse inspectors travel across the UK to inspect all racecourses, flat and jumps from a racing staff perspective. All inspectors currently work in the industry and are well versed in the role of travelling staff. The work the inspectors have put in to our Star Ratings for racecourses has proved to be invaluable. We meet twice a year for training and their feedback to NARS is vital to our success.

    If you would be interested in joining this team, please email us your CV.

    Cathy Beaumont

    Cathy works for Ben Case and Alex Hales on Oxfordshire. She loves the sun and jets off somewhere hot at any opportunity, she has regularly sent us emails and notes from the airport.

    Greg Davis

    Greg drives for Godolphin, he is based is Newmarket and has been there since 2005. Greg says the older he gets the faster he was! He won the Stable Staff cross country race at Cheltenham Festival in 1984, quick shower then led up one ridden by Mr R Dunwoody just before he turned professional. And yes, the photos are in black and white!

    Hannah Gregory

    Hannah hails from Yorkshire and is Assistant Trainer for Richard Phillips in Gloucestershire. She loves the jumps and rides competitively herself having won the skinners ladies open point to point final in 2018.

    Mark Ellwood

    Mark is based with Nick Alexander in Kinneston, Scotland and no longer has hobbies or interests as he is a new Dad! Before that he enjoyed travelling and has a deep love for a camper van.

    Nicky Rigby

    Nicky works for Eve Johnson Houghton in Oxfordshire and has a wealth of knowledge across the industry. She loves gardening, she is particularly skilled with vegetables.

    Pete McCulloch

    Pete works for Hugo Palmer in Newmarket and lists his hobbies as beer and golf and depending on the combination they are used in his handicap differs — He is sometimes referred to as The judge!

    Cheryl Powell

    I have worked with horses for over 15 years and in racing for about 12 years and have been a travelling head person for about 10 of them years. I enjoy going racing and meeting different people at the races and seeing the hardwork put in at home come to light on the track. My other interests outside of racing is photography, reading, exploring new places and spending time with my family, friends and my dog.

    Daryl Byrne

    Rode as an apprentice in both Ireland and the UK. Rider at Richard Fahey's. Sports Psychology Student at Leeds Trinity University. Regional Coordinator in Malton area for the Regional Staff Development Programme and also Player Liaison Officer for York Gaelic football club. I enjoy being busy and I love all types of sports. Horse racing, Gaelic football and golf would be my favourite.

    Helen Halliwell

    I’ve always had a passion for horses and grew up with having my own horse before coming into racing over 20 years ago. I’m travelling head girl at Pegasus stables for James Fanshawe for whom I’ve worked for over 18 years and have rehomed several of his horses for their retirement.

    Holly Tetsil

    Holly has worked at Olly Murphy Racing for the past 3 years and is still based there. She is in charge of a 35 horse barn and a few staff members. She says she is very lucky to look after and ride Thomas Darby daily.

    National trustees

    To safeguard the interests of NARS, its assets are invested in the joint names of the Trustees. It is down to the Executive Council as to how these assets are dealt with.

    Laurie Bell

    Dawn Goodfellow

    Lord Roy Kennedy

    Stephen Padgett

    Dave Eva