Clifton set to leave Newbury to become RCA racing director
Andy Clifton is to become the new racing director for the Racecourse Association, ending his time as Newbury's head of communications and sponsorship.
Clifton has been at Newbury since September 2014 and has held a variety of key roles in many aspects of the racing and betting industries for nearly 20 years.
In addition to his work at Newbury, Cheltenham and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Clifton also worked in PR for Ladbrokes for several years before becoming PR director at the Tote, followed by two years as managing director of racehorse syndicate operator Favourites Racing.
'A wrench to leave'
Clifton, who will begin his new role in September, said: "It will be a wrench to leave Newbury after three years in which the racecourse has made significant progress on many fronts, but the opportunity to become racing director at the RCA at such an important time for the industry was not one I could turn down."
He will take over from Claire Sheppard, who is becoming chief executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.
RCA chief executive Stephen Atkin added: "I am delighted to welcome Andy to the RCA team and to this key role. Andy brings a wealth of experience in the sport and will complement well the existing skill sets within the RCA team at this exciting time for the sport, with the imminent launch of the Racing Authority.
"I am confident that Andy will further develop the advances made under Claire Sheppard."