Louise Norman has been appointed Interim Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners Association with immediate effect, succeeding Charlie Liverton, who spent eight years in the role and has left the owners’ body to pursue other opportunities.

Norman had previously been the ROA’s Head of Ownership. She joined the Reading-based organisation’s Executive team in January 2020 having spent 20 years with Weatherbys, occupying senior positions in its VAT service and racing bank teams.

ROA President Charlie Parker expressed full support for Norman’s appointment, saying: “The Board and I are delighted and fully supportive of Louise stepping into the role of Interim CEO. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry with her, not just from her Head of Ownership role with the ROA but from her previous roles.”

Norman said: “I am very excited to take on this role and lead the ROA’s efforts to ensure owners remain paramount in every decision made across the industry.

“I look forward to working closely with the excellent team at the ROA as we develop our strategy on behalf of our members, ensuring their voices are heard, amplified and considered, and that the value of owners is understood.”