The Racecourse Association Limited (RCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hamilton Park Racecourse Chief Executive Vivien Kyles to the RCA Board.
The appointment takes effect from 1st August 2010 for a term of two years and Kyles will represent the independent racecourses, alongside Clive Buckle and Christopher Tetley.
Qualified accountant Kyles joined Hamilton Park Racecourse as Chief Executive in the summer of 2008, having previously been Chief Executive at Livingston FC, and is actively involved in the Racing for Change project, as a member of the RCA Raceday Experience Group.
Upon her appointment, Kyles said: “I’m absolutely delighted to take up this role and to be able to play a part in helping to shape the industry going forward.
“There are echoes with my experience in football when I joined the SFL management committee just two years after becoming Chief Executive at Livingston. By my own admission I was a newcomer to racing when I was recruited by Hamilton Park in 2008 but I’ve implemented many new ideas since then which have benefitted the venue and the business and it is new ideas I hope to bring to the table at the RCA.
“There will be many opportunities for racing in Great Britain to develop in both traditional and new areas in the years ahead and I’m confident my sporting and business experience will help me play a major role in making that happen.”
The RCA Chief Executive, Stephen Atkin, said: “We are pleased to welcome Vivien to the RCA Board. With her background and knowledge she will bring new and innovative ideas to the table, which we are looking forward to.”
Sir Ian Good, Chairman of Hamilton Park Racecourse, added: “Everyone associated with Hamilton Park is very pleased with this announcement. It is a great reflection of Vivien’s achievements here since 2008 which have been carried out in a short timeframe and in what everyone recognises are challenging economic conditions.
“As Vivien says, there are opportunities out there for racing in Great Britain to develop as a sport and as a business in the years ahead and I have every confidence that she can make a significant contribution at the RCA.”