The Huntingdon Racecourse Committee

Meet The Committee

Paul Taiano

Paul Taiano

Racecourse Chairman

Paul joined the Huntingdon board in March 1995 and has been chairman since October 2009.

He is a senior partner in a London firm of chartered accountants having started his working career there as a trainee in 1979, being promoted to partner in 1986.

His involvement with the racecourse stemming from his lifelong passion for national hunt racing having ridden as a point to point/amateur jockey since the age of 16 and having his first winner under rules at Huntingdon. He continued to race ride until March 2005 when he broke his neck in a fall resulting in tetraplegia paralysis and confinement to a wheelchair.

Following his accident he has continued to work full time and fulfil voluntary commitments.

Steve Elsom

Steve Elsom

Committee Member

Steve is Regional Director, SME Banking, East England for Lloyds Bank with a team of 150 front line and support staff across the six counties.

He has over 30 years experience with the bank and has led teams across Retail, Corporate and Commercial divisions of the bank.

Steve also actively supports several charities, mentors around ‘personal brand’ at a local academy, is a member of a number of regional steering committees, is a keen racing enthusiast and a passionate Spurs season ticket holder!

He hopes to support the Huntingdon team through his awareness and experience across the Commercial landscape, his local knowledge and his involvement with successful teams over the years.

Joey Newton

Joey Newton

Committee Member

Joey is a farmer by profession with his family ran business, Barrydale Limited, which he was a director of for nearly 30 years from 1976 to 2005.
Joey is also a founding shareholder in a Russian farming business from 2006-2011.

Not only a fan of racing, Joey was also an amateur jockey, riding 45 winners in National Hunt races, including the Foxhunters at Aintree twice, and a 110 Point-to-Point victories.

In 2012 Joey became a non-executive director of Racing Welfare and then became the Chairman in 2014.

Dan Richmond-Watson

Dan Richmond-Watson

Committee Member

Dan joined the Huntingdon board in May 2011. Having trained as a chartered surveyor he worked for Knight Frank for five years before leaving to manage the family quarrying business. In addition to this, he is a farmer and is involved in a variety of property related businesses.

He inherited his love of the turf from his family who have a long tradition of being involved in racing and thoroughly enjoys both flat and National Hunt racing.

Nicky Banks

Nicky Banks

Committee Member

Nicky was a non exec committee member at Market Rasen and then moved on and joined Huntingdon, her local course, in 2014. Following in the footsteps of her father who was involved at Huntingdon since the 1970's as Steward, Director and then Chairman until Paul took over in 2009.

Away from the racecourse Nicky works full time as a chartered Surveyor with Carter Jonas managing large country estates.

Outside of work she is married and helps out with the family farm & businesses along with the family's racehorses (her father is a permit holder). Although she has never ridden in a race she admits she has had a few hairy days on the gallops, however, prefers life 'on board' her hunter chaperoning the racehorses instead!

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