[ 18th April 2018 ]

Owlerton chief ‘honoured’ after election as industry association committee chairman

John Gilburn - Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium’s managing director has described his election as chairman of the executive committee to the industry’s national promoters’ association as ‘an honour’.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium chief John Gilburn, 65, has been elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Racecourse Promoters Association (RCPA) Ltd, a panel which oversees media rights involvement and marketing initiatives for the association’s 22 member tracks across the UK.

John’s appointment comes following three years spent serving as a member of the Executive Committee.
As part of his increasingly influential role at the RCPA, which was formed in 1988, the Owlerton chief, along with four other committee members, will also be able to make decisions and recommend actions to the industry’s regulatory body, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB).

John, who is also a director of the GBGB, said: “It’s a genuine honour to have been elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Racecourse Promoters Association.

“It’s also a huge step forward for Owlerton Greyhound Stadium. Traditionally, Owlerton has been a major player in the greyhound racing industry, but this will further raise its profile and enhance its growing and developing role among the 22 RCPA member tracks.
“We’re delighted that Owlerton has been recognised as such an important part of the industry, and I’m excited for what the future holds, both for Owlerton and for the industry as a whole.”

With more than 30 years’ experience in senior operational management within the leisure industry under his belt, John joins representatives from greyhound stadiums at Nottingham, Swindon & Poole, Yarmouth and Pelaw Grange in Durham on the committee.
The step up in John’s role within the association also further enhances Owlerton’s stance as a major industry player, giving Yorkshire’s premier racing venue the opportunity to continue playing a key role in influencing the development, growth and progression of the greyhound industry.