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William Derby at the Visit York Tourism Conference

William Derby

Chief Executive and Clerk, York Racecourse

William Derby, 47, has been Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York Racecourse since 2003, having joined York Racecourse from Ascot Racecourse. A qualified chartered accountant with PwC, he joined Ascot Racecourse in 1997 as Head of Finance before being promoted to Commercial Director. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a governor of Terrington Hall School.

During his time as chief executive, York Racecourse has been voted ‘Racecourse of the Year’ by members of the Racegoers Club and by the Racehorse Owners Association as well as being the top northern large racecourse every year. York Racecourse is the biggest sporting venue in Yorkshire and record attendances have been set at over 360,000 racegoers in addition to some 700 non raceday events. A recently commissioned economic impact study undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University found York Racecourse brought £58m to the City’s economy each year and supported 1,350 full-time jobs.

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