Monday 18th March 2013

Alan Delmonte appointed Chief Executive of Horserace Betting Levy Board

The Horserace Betting Levy Board has unanimously decided to appoint Alan Delmonte as its new Chief Executive & Accounting Officer with effect from 8th April 2013 following Douglas Erskine-Crum’s resignation to take up a new appointment this spring as Chief Executive of Juddmonte Group.

Delmonte has been the Board’s Operations Director since 2009 and his appointment follows an external review of the Board’s senior executive structure.

Levy Board Chairman Paul Lee said: “The Board has taken the opportunity to look at the roles and responsibilities of the senior executives and how these have evolved.

“The conclusion is that the current senior executives are professional, highly effective and in possession of the necessary skills and abilities to meet the Board’s future requirements. Board members came to the unanimous view that Alan was the right person to take the organisation forward after Douglas departs in April.

“I would like to warmly welcome Alan as our next Chief Executive and thank Douglas for his outstanding contribution over the last five years.

“The Board has decided that there should now be two roles at senior executive level, namely the Chief Executive & Accounting Officer and the Finance Director. Rob Skeggs will continue in his role of Finance Director, which he fulfils to first-class standards.

“This structure will maintain the Levy Board’s competence and has the added advantage of ensuring that we continue to be highly cost-effective.”

Alan Delmonte said: “I am very much looking forward to taking on additional responsibilities at the Levy Board and leading our dedicated and professional team. We will continue to work constructively with racing, betting and others across the wide range of areas in which we are involved.”

Douglas Erskine-Crum said: “I am very grateful to the Levy Board members and staff for their excellent support over the past five years and wish Alan the very best of good fortune.”

Alan Delmonte, 40, was appointed as Operations Director of the Levy Board in 2009. Among earlier roles he had spent 11 years at the British Horseracing Board (BHB) and its successor, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in positions including Public Affairs Director, Company Secretary and Acting Director of Communications. He began his career on BHB’s Graduate Programme in 1994.