The ROA is run by a staff of seven, headed up by the Chief Executive, Charlie Liverton. The organisation is based on the first floor of the British Horseracing Authority offices in High Holborn.
ROA, 1st Floor, 75 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LS
T: 020 7152 0200
Charlie joined the ROA on 1st February, 2016 having previously spent seven years at Neptune Investment Management. Prior to this he held positions as a Global Account Manager at GESeaCo Services Limited, and was a Bloodstock Insurance Broker with Crawley Warren. He had also been pupil assistant trainer to Major Dick Hern and Richard Hannon, as well as working for one of the leading vets in Lambourn, Mike O’Gorman and in the bloodstock department of Tattersalls.
He currently has shares in horses with Charlie Longsdon, Warren Greatrex and Eve Johnson Houghton.
Favorite horses include Viking Flagship, Best Mate, Hannibal the Great, Camelot, Arctic Cosmos and Simple Verse
Committees: Horsemen's Group, Racing Enterprises Limited, BHA Racing Committee, Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder Board, ROA Awards Committee, ROA Raceday Committee
Head of Membership
Joined the ROA: 2015
David has worked in subscriptions and membership management for over 15 years. Prior to joining the ROA in August 2015, David worked for Racing Post for six and a half years, successfully launching and building their Members’ Club service along with many other of Racing Post’s digital products.
Favourite Horses: Frankel and Baby Mix
Committee: ROA Raceday
I have been lucky enough to work in racing for most of my working life: I managed Market Rasen Racecourse for 17 years, and also managed Nottingham Racecourse for 8 of these years, before moving outside racing to act as Chief Executive for The Pony Club for 15 months. Prior to working in racing I worked for Lloyd’s of London, briefly GE Capital.
My husband, Fred and I have a daughter, Lil, aged 6, and the animal collection is currently limited to 3 dogs. I ride, but very badly, and enjoy skiing, cooking and the odd game of tennis. I love going racing, and consider myself blessed that I work in an industry that I love.
Favourite horses: Moscow Flyer – the sheer excitement and drama of watching him race was something else… One Man, Que Vega and Annie Power (I love a girl taking on the boys!)
Joined the ROA: 2000
Sadie has spent her working life in horseracing and publishing.
Her first job was with Reed Business Publishing, working within the editorial team on a monthly business title.
A keen interest in racing led her to move to the Racing Post, where she spent nine years, initially assisting in the editorial department, and latterly as assistant to the editor.
This was followed by a spell of two years as assistant to the director of regulation at The Jockey Club.
Sadie joined the ROA in 2000 as membership secretary and PA to the chief executive, and is now the membership manager.
She has been involved in racehorse ownership, flat and jumps, for five years.
Favourite horses: Champagnelifestyle, Fondmort, Kauto Star, Red Rum, Sea The Stars, Tyrrells Wood.
Committee: ROA Awards
Events and Communications Executive
Joined the ROA: 2004
Keely joined the ROA in 2004 after working for five years as a PA in the charity sector. In this capacity she worked for two organisations, two years at a charity which specialised in securing young people training and employment within the Creative industry, and three years at the National Family and Parenting Institute, which helped develop family policy within Government.
She had previously studied English Literature and Business Studies at Roehampton University, before becoming an NVQ Assessor in Computer Skills and Customer Service.
Interested in racing from a young age, during her studies she spent weekend’s helping out at Terry Mills’ Epsom yard. Since joining the ROA she has become involved in racehorse ownership, firstly through the Betfair Club ROA initiative, and latterly taking part shares, and administering the partnerships, for two fillies with contrasting fortunes – Oaks runner Champagnelifestyle, and the mercurial Rich And Reckless.
Favourite horses - Dancing Brave, Champagnelifestyle, Rich And Reckless, Cornus, Norton and Monkerhostin.
Committee: ROA Awards
PA to the Chief Executive
Joined the ROA: 2007
After achieving her secretarial qualifications at college, Sue was employed as a PA in various large corporations throughout her working life including GEC, Selfridges, the NHS and a large insurance company in the City. She was a relative late-comer to racing when she joined the Tote in 1996 working for their Chief Operating Officer/Director of Finance. She enjoyed nine years at the Tote where she gained a good knowledge of the industry, until the Tote re-located its offices to Wigan. She then spent 18 months helping with the set up of a charity lottery company. She joined the ROA in June 2007 as PA to Michael Harris, Chief Executive, until his recent retirement and now works directly for Richard Wayman, the current Chief Executive.
Favourite Horses: Frankel and Kauto Star.
Racecourse Relations Executive
Joined the ROA: 2011
Sarah first got interested in racing aged 12, after watching her mum win money on Commander In Chief’s win in the Derby - twelve months later, after having backed every winner on the card, she was hooked for life!
A BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Science from Imperial College preceded two years work at Satellite Information Services (SIS) on the ATR Teletext service. After a year at Ladbrokes, getting the Ladbrokes Xtra service off the ground Sarah returned to SIS as a Data Co-Ordinator for a further five years.
The opportunity to work for the ROA proved too good an opportunity to miss though, and Sarah has been a member of the staff since November 2011.
Favourite horses: The Minstrel (despite being before her time), Flake, Whitbarrow, and Kauto Star.
Committee: ROA Raceday
Subscriptions Secretary (Intern)
Becca graduated in 2016 from the Royal Agricultural University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Management. Previously employed by the Jockey Club at Cheltenham on a five month placement period in operations, she has also spent several years working on various yards as an exercise rider and groom. Whilst having a keen interest in horse racing from a young age, Rebecca has owned and produced show jumpers and competed BSJA. Her parents currently have horses in training with Tim Vaughan.
Favourite horses: Kauto Star (saw all five King George wins), Nathans Pride, Red Rum