New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has today made two appointments to its Racing Department to ensure continuity following the recent announcement of two departures. Both appointments are for six-month terms from 1 January 2010.
David Jewell has been contracted to the position of General Manager, Racing and Operations on an interim basis and Mark Webbey to undertake a review of handicapping policy and to provide peer support to Chief Handicapper, Dean Nowell.
The role of General Manager, Racing and Operations oversees the race programming, handicapping and registrations functions for NZTR and provides operational leadership to the National Racing Bureau.
David Jewell said, on his appointment: "I am pleased to have the opportunity to be of further assistance to NZTR at this time. I look forward to providing senior management support following the recent announcement of Craig Baker' decision to return to Hawke's Bay. This will give NZTR's new Chief Executive, Greg Purcell, time to review the appropriate staffing structure and organisational requirements for NZTR going forward."
Guy Sargent, Chairman of NZTR stated: "I am pleased to have David on board for the next six months, particularly with his detailed experience and understanding of cluster and club relationships, race planning, handicapping and the operation of the National Racing Bureau."
"David provides us with that continuity through a busy time - he will have a full month with Craig Baker for the handover process. This contract term will allow the new Chief Executive time to develop a more detailed understanding of the business and operational roles for NZTR's long term future."
NZTR has also contracted former Racing New South Wales Handicapper, Mark Webbey, to undertake a review of handicapping policy and to provide support to Chief Handicapper, Dean Nowell. This follows the announcement of the Assistant Handicapper, Matthew Hall's, departure to take up a position with Country Racing Victoria in January 2011.
Guy Sargent commented: "Mark brings huge experience to this review and support role, having held the position of Chief Handicapper and Racing Manager with the Singapore Turf Club. He has also worked with the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings Committee. This has given him an excellent understanding of handicapping systems worldwide."