York racecourse has announced that Bridget Guerin will replace Lord Grimthorpe as the next Chairman of the York Race Committee from January 1, 2021.

Grimthorpe, who has served his two terms as Chairman, will remain on the six strong non-executive body alongside Nicholas Wrigley, William Bethell, Chris Denny and Nick Cheyne.

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Guerin was introduced to racing by her father John Cleverly, who acted as Clerk of the Course at several of the region’s racecourses. She has worked successfully in the City having worked 12 years at Schroders and been Managing Director of Matrix Money Management for ten years.

Guerin has also been on the Board of Charles Stanley Group PLC, is currently Chairman of Schroder Income Growth Fund and a non-executive Director of a number of other funds.

A member of the York Race Committee since 2010, Guerin is also on the Board of Beverley racecourse and is a former steward at Ripon, Thirsk and Beverley.

On her appointment, Guerin said: “It is a huge honour to take over this role from Teddy and I very much look forward to working with the rest of the York Race Committee and the team at the Knavesmire over the years ahead.

“York has been a constant source of pride and enjoyment throughout my lifetime and I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to continue the work of my predecessors. Our aim remains to deliver high quality racing alongside a fantastic racing experience and we all hope for the return of spectators to enjoy the wonderful York facilities and racing, when the Dante Festival starts on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.”

Lord Grimthorpe added: “I can only wish Bridget as much satisfaction and fun in the role as I have enjoyed. It’s been a privilege to help guide this wonderful racecourse and I look forward to playing my part in support of our new Chairman.”