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Tuesday, July 12, 2011



The QIPCO British Champions Series, designed to throw the spotlight on Britain’s best Flat races, today announced the appointment of Rod Street as its Chief Executive.


Street played a key role in the formation of the Series as Chief Executive of Racing for Change. He will remain as Chief Executive of Racing Enterprises Limited that incorporates the Racing for Change project. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of Racing Enterprises Limited he was Managing Director of Northern Racing for five years.


As Chief Executive of British Champions Series Ltd, he will be responsible for all aspects of the business – which includes the successful delivery and strategic development of the QIPCO British Champions Series, which is founded on promoting the wider awareness of the best of British Flat Racing to the commercial benefit of the sport.


Street succeeds Karl Oliver, who orchestrated the creation, planning and commercial delivery of the Series as Project Director for Premier Racing at Racing for Change. As the founding Chief Executive of British Champions Series Ltd, Oliver led negotiations to secure ground-breaking commercial partnership and broadcast agreements prior to the Series’ launch. With these completed, Oliver has decided to pursue a new challenge.


Chris McFadden, Chairman of British Champions Series Ltd, said:


“I’m delighted Rod Street has agreed to lead the QIPCO British Champions Series. His expertise and approach will help to ensure that the Series can make a real difference to British Flat racing’s future fortunes in the long-term, by attracting a broader audience for our sport.


“I’d like to offer our huge thanks to Karl Oliver for the fantastic work he has done since April 2009. Change is never easy to drive through, but Karl’s efforts and dedication have seen the birth of the QIPCO British Champions Series and major new commercial deals for British racing. We wish him the very best in his next venture.”


Rod Street said:


“The promotion of Britain’s finest horseracing is one of Racing for Change’s main pillars, so I’m excited to be even more closely involved with the QIPCO British Champions Series and very much believe we can build on its initial success.”


Karl Oliver said:


“It is with sadness that I leave British Champions Series Ltd, however I have achieved everything I set out to do. The Series is in good shape commercially, with broadcast and sponsorship agreements in place and a strong shareholder board and management team to take the business forward. I wish Rod all the very best in his new role and look forward to seeing the Series go from strength-to-strength. I now intend to take a well-earned break before announcing my next challenge later in the year.”

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