NEVIN Truesdale is to be made the permanent group chief executive of the Jockey Club from January 1, having served in an acting capacity since the hugely controversial exit of Delia Bushell in August.

He said he was “confident” the organisation would be able to navigate the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which the Jockey Club estimates will cost them more than £90 million in lost revenues in 2020 alone.

Truesdale, 46, joined the Jockey Club as group finance director in 2013, having been FD of British Gas’s residential energy division.

Originally from Hillsborough in Northern Ireland, Truesdale graduated with a degree in economics from Cambridge University before joining accountants Ernst & Young.

Jockey Club senior steward Sandy Dudgeon said Truesdale had demonstrated “excellent leadership” since becoming acting chief executive. – Racing Post.

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