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Monday, 22 October, 2018

Boss of racecourse catering firm dies in Sydney seaplane tragedy

Richard Cousins: Compass Group chief executive died in Sydney seaplane tragedy
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Richard Cousins, chief executive of the firm that supplies catering to every Jockey Club racecourse, has been named as one of six people killed when a seaplane crashed near Sydney on New Year's Eve.

Cousins was the boss of Compass Group, which alongside Jockey Club Racecourses formed Jockey Club Catering and supplied food to courses across the country for more than a decade.

The 58-year-old died alongside his fiancée Emma Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter Heather, and his sons, William, 25, and Edward, 23. The plane's pilot, Gareth Morgan, was also killed in the crash.

Ian Renton, the Jockey Club's regional director for Cheltenham and the south west, said on Monday: "It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of the chief executive of Compass, Richard Cousins, and his family.

"He will be sadly missed by all who worked with him at Compass and Jockey Club Catering."

In a statement, Compass Catering chairman Paul Walsh said: "The thoughts of everyone at Compass are with Richard's family and friends, and we extend our deepest sympathies to them.

"It has been a great privilege to know Richard personally and to work with him for the last few years.

"Richard was known and respected for his great humanity and a no-nonsense style that transformed Compass into one of Britain's leading companies."

He will be sadly missed by all who worked with him at Compass and Jockey Club Catering
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