Arena Racing Company was created in 2012, and has been a racing industry pioneer, developing new race series such as the All Weather Championships and the all-ladies Silk Series. Our racing business has grown with the acquisition of racecourses and greyhound stadia and our media business is flourishing through the control of media rights and our partnerships with The Racing Partnership, At The Races and Sky Sports Racing. Although we're a relatively young company we have a vast heritage. Find out a little more about our company values, who the people of ARC are, and the history of our company.
We strive to be at the forefront of British Racing, offering top quality racing and delivering innovation across both our business and sport. We encourage people development and a cooperative working culture. so we can promote from within. This underpins our delivery of shareholder value.
Though Arena Racing Company is a relatively recent collaboration of two major racecourse groups, our venues are steeped in history. Find out about some of our landmark moments from the early days of racing, to recent awards and acquisitions in our timeline below.
ARC as a company runs everyday because of hundreds of passionate and talented employees. These employees are led by a talented team in head office, made up of experts in the industry.
ARC works with charitable and community partners both within the racing industry and the local communities around our racecourses. Our racecourses host a large number of fundraising events, and in addition, ARC is proud to support a number of racing charities, including Racing To School, The Injured Jockeys Fund, Racing Welfare, Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre.
Initiatives such as Take The Reins, which is in operation at both Lingfield Park and Doncaster, in conjunction with Active Communities Network, is offering young people the chance to develop their skills, experience and employability, whilst The Silk Series, a series of races exclusively for female jockeys, has helped raise nearly £150,000 for Cancer Research UK in the last three years.
David became ARC Chairman in April 2014. He is also Chairman of the Racecourse Association and serves on the Horserace Betting Levy Board and as a member of the British Horseracing Authority. David is a National Hunt racehorse owner and runs his own small stud farm, Bobble Barn Stud. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting.
Martin is a qualified solicitor with over 25 years of legal, regulatory and commercial experience. Prior to joining ARC in August 2015, Martin was Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers and before that he spent nearly a decade as a senior executive of Betfair. Martin is a member of the Racehorse Owners Association with a share in several racehorses.
Kevin joined ARC in June 2014 from At the Races where he was CFO, sitting on the board of the Sky/ARC-owned broadcasting and media rights business. Kevin manages The Racing Partnership and ARC’s UK and international media rights. Prior to his career in Racing and Media, Kevin spent 10 years working in accountancy practice, specialising in Audit and Business Services.
As Racing Director, Jon is responsible for the smooth running of fixtures at ARC’s racecourses. Prior to this role, Jon was the Assistant Racing Director at ARC and held the position of Racing Manager for Arena Leisure PLC, after being Clerk of the Course at several racecourses.
Mark has over 25 years of experience within hospitality and leisure and has been Managing Director of the ARC Racing Division since January 2020. He leads on developing the customer experience across both racing and non-racing aspects of the business. Mark has previously held a number of senior positions at ARC, overseeing the development of our catering and live music events.
Mark joined ARC in August 2014, having held a number of senior executive roles at SIS for more than a decade, most latterly as Chief Operating Officer. He oversees all technology issues relating to our media rights arrangements. This includes the collection of audio-visual content and data from racecourses and distribution to our betting and media partners.
David joined ARC in December 2015 and oversees our extensive partnership portfolio. Prior to ARC David spent 8 years developing partnership strategies for a range of blue-chip clients across multiple sports from golf to professional rugby. In 2010 David decided to work on behalf of rights holders, most recently as the Commercial Director of British Basketball.
Rachel joined ARC in December 2014, leading and advising on marketing strategy and best practice across the ARC group. Rachel has previously held management positions in the leisure, hospitality and gaming industries, most recently as Marketing Manager for Caesar’s Entertainment. Rachel has 3 CIM qualifications including the CIM Post-grad Diploma in Marketing.
Jayne has been Director of HR since 2013 having previously been HR Manager for Northern Racing. Jayne oversees the strategic direction of HR to ensure that ARC strives to become a world class employer. Her previous business experience was within financial services and property.
Tony joined ARC in 2017 and has responsibility for our technology infrastructure, overseeing IT, Digital and ARC’s developing betting proposition. Prior to joining ARC, Tony held senior positions at Betfair, having previously worked in the City.
Paul joined ARC in 2013 having previously been Group Financial Controller for Northern Racing Plc. Paul was promoted to Finance Director at ARC in 2017. His responsibilities cover all aspects of commercial finance and acquisition across ARC's racing venues, hotels, media rights and betting businesses.