Tim Darby new general manager at Exeter

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By Howard Wright
Racing Post

Exeter Stands

TIM DARBY, who came back into racing administration nine months ago after a ten-year break, has been appointed general manager of Exeter racecourse. He leaves his job as Epsom marketing manager on Wednesday and starts his new role in 12 days’ time.

Darby, one-time marketing manager for the BHB and the former United Racecourses grouping of Epsom, Kempton and Sandown, has been based in Devon since 2003.

He said on Tuesday: “I love living there and am passionate about horseracing, so bringing the two together is an ideal situation for’me.

Alice Everitt and her team have done a fantastic job at Exeter and I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing their good work and further developing the racecourse.”

Everitt, who has worked at the course for more than five years, is leaving to pursue a marketing-focused career.

Darby, 43, joined the BHB in 1998 as a member of the fledgling marketing department after completing its graduate development programme, and remained in charge after the departure of director Lee Richardson.

Darby took a similar position with URL, the group that was subsequently acquired by Jockey Club Racecourses, 18 months later, before being recruited as chief executive of the Professional Darts Corporation in September 2001, where he helped to turn around the financial fortunes of the loss-making operation.

After leaving PDC in January 2008, he was employed on consultancy work before the pull of racing took him to Epsom last October.

Darby said: “Exeter will be my first experience of managing a racecourse, but I’ve done a similar job organising darts tournament and I’ve been working on the operations side at Epsom, so I think I’ve got all the attributes to face up to the challenge, rather than being daunted by it.”

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