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Meet the Board of Directors


Introducing key members of Weatherbys Ltd


Meet the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Weatherbys Ltd

Board members

Sir Johnny Weatherby KCVO

Sir Johnny Weatherby KCVO

Company Chairman
Johnny joined Weatherbys in 1979 and was seconded to the Jockey Club as a Director from 1990 -1992. He returned to Weatherbys as Chairman in 1993 and was Chairman of Weatherbys Bank from its start in 1994 until 2017 where he remains a Non-Executive Director. Johnny was involved Ascot Racecourse for over twenty years – first as a Trustee and later as Chairman. He was also Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot from 2011 to 2020. He is a Member of the Jockey Club and an established racehorse owner and breeder.
Russell Ferris

Russell Ferris

CEO Weatherbys Ltd & Weatherbys Ireland Ltd

Russell was appointed CEO in 2019, having held previous Executive Directorial roles within Weatherbys including the General Stud Book and Weatherbys Scientific. He joined the company in 2016. Prior to Weatherbys Russell had been Director, Ireland for the Sky Sports Racing channel At The Races. He has over 16 years senior management experience including over five years as Managing Director of Limerick Racecourse.

Nick Craven

Nick Craven

Communications Director
Nick joined the Company in 1993 and was formerly CEO of Weatherbys Ventures Ltd and Commercial Director of Weatherbys. He joined Weatherbys from Equine Group South Africa - a business responsible for Bloodstock Insurance and Financial Management. He was previously at Hughes-Gibb Insurance Brokers and Carter, Wilkes and Fane Reinsurance Brokers. Nick is also a Director of the Point-to-Point Racing Company and Weatherbys Hamilton.
Roger Weatherby

Roger Weatherby

Non Executive Director
Roger joined Weatherbys as a non-executive Director in 1993. He joined the group board as an Executive Director in 1998 and became Chief Executive of Weatherbys Bank in 2000. Prior to joining Weatherbys, he worked for Cazenove & Co. He is also Chairman of Weatherbys Hamilton, the private client insurance partnership, and was Chairman of Arkle Finance, the asset finance subsidiary of Weatherbys Bank, until 2018. Roger held the post of Senior Steward of The Jockey Club from 2014-2019.
Ian Penrose

Ian Penrose

Non-Executive Director
Ian became a Non-executive of Weatherbys in January 2021 having been a strategic advisor to the business for two years. He was CEO of Sportech plc from 2005 to 2017 and served as CEO of Arena Leisure plc from 2001 to 2005. Ian is currently Non-executive Chairman of the National Football Museum, Non-executive Chairman of DataPOWA, Non-Executive Director of Playtech PLC and a Non-executive Director of Low 6.
John O’Reilly

John O’Reilly

Non-Executive Director
John has been a Non-Executive Director of Weatherbys for several years. He is currently CEO of the Rank Group Plc and has more than 30 years’ experience in the betting and gaming sector. He was formerly a non-executive director of William Hill plc and, between 2011 and 2015, Managing Director of Coral's digital business. Prior to joining Gala Coral, John was an executive director on the board of Ladbrokes Plc. He has served as a non-executive director of Telecity Group Plc and Chair of the digital design and development business Grand Parade Ltd. He currently serves as a trustee of the New Bridge Foundation.