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Great Leighs Racecourse, Essex

Interim commercial & financial director role

Project Description

From mid-2002 to mid-2007 Jonathan Rounce served as Interim Finance Director on the development of the new Great Leighs race course in Essex. The role involved extensive business planning, financial modelling and comprehensive contract negotiations with a wide range of parties including banks, bookmakers, the British Horseracing Authority, the Jockey Club, the Tote, The Horserace Betting Levy Board, Weatherbys, various local authorities, Sodexo and a raft of other parties.

The facilities were developed on the 165-acre site of the former Essex Showground and were designed to provide a 1-mile oval left-handed all-weather track with a Polytrack surface to accommodate floodlit all-weather racing, year-round, in a style and format that would facilitate the broadcasting of races globally. Although racing on all-weather artificial surfaces is still in its relative infancy in the UK it is gaining a growing following and it is only a matter of time before even more courses are adapted in this way.

Having completed his interim role Jonathan stepped down from at Great Leighs in mid-2007, 10-months ahead of the opening, in order to return full-time to consultancy at Petersham Group.

Project Details

  • Client Essex County Showground Group Ltd
  • Date August 23, 2013
  • Tags Project Management / Attraction Development, Business Planning & Financial Modeling, Operational Support, Funding Advice & Assistance, Destinations, Mixed Use Developments, Other
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