ROA Team

The ROA employs a team of seven members of staff, based in our offices in Reading.

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Charlie Liverton

Chief Executive / ROA Board Member

Charlie joined the ROA in 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. As well as being a sole owner, Charlie has also run a number of successful, long-standing syndicates. 

Favourite horses: include Viking Flagship, Best Mate, Hannibal the Great, Camelot, Arctic Cosmos and Simple Verse

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Keely Brewer

Communications Executive

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 weekends 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.

 

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Ruth Diver

PA to the Chief Executive

Ruth has over 12 years’ experience working in senior support roles in both the private and public sectors. Before joining the ROA Ruth worked for a London Headhunter where she had full responsibility for the company’s operations.

Previously Ruth was a member of the diplomatic service and worked for the FCO in London and overseas. During this time she worked in Iraq, assisting the Coalition Provisional Authority in reconstructing the Iraqi Civil Service for which she was awarded an MBE.

Ruth is a keen sailor and spent many years crewing on a J Class replica in the Mediterranean.

Ruth was educated in Wimbledon and graduated as a mature student from Roehampton University with a 2:1 in Education.

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Sadie Evans

Membership Manager

Sadie has spent her working life in horseracing and publishing and has been at the ROA since 2000.

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.

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Davina Grewal

VAT Solution – VAT Senior Executive

Davina joined the ROA VAT Solution in June 2021, bringing 12 years of finance and business experience to the VAT solution.

After graduating from City University with a postgraduate diploma in law, Davina lived in Arusha, Tanzania for 7 years. During her time in Arusha she worked in the finance department of Simba Trucking Co Ltd, a road haulage company with a fleet of over 300 vehicles, hauling goods all over East Africa for multinational corporations. After gaining an insight into trading in East Africa, she formed Blacksheep Media, overseeing the day-to-day operations and finances.

In 2017, Davina returned to the UK with her family and now lives in South Oxfordshire.

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Steve Hatcher

Finance Director

Steve joined ROA in late 2019 having previously worked for Countryside Alliance as Finance Director and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive.

Prior to joining ROA he worked for AEAT Plc and Serco Plc in a variety of finance roles having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte some years previously. He has had a keen interest in racing and the racing industry for many years. Steve has owned small shares in some very modest performers both on the Flat and under National Hunt rules.

Favourite horses: include Dancing Brave, Inchcailloch, Best Mate, Pete the Postman [!] Frankel, and Many Clouds.

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Glen Hillsmith

VAT Solution – VAT Senior Executive

Glen joined the ROA [VAT Solution] in July 2021. He is steeped in racing VAT having worked for the previous seven years at both the BHA Sponsorship and VAT desk, and Weatherbys VAT Services. Prior to this he lived and taught English in Budapest, and had an eight-year stint at Barclays International Trade Services.

His grandparents took him on first trip to a racecourse at the age of six, to their nearest jumps course, Worcester, and he has been hooked ever since.

Favourite horses: Big Buck’s, Inglis Drever, Sprinter Sacre

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Sarah Holton

Membership Services and Racecourse Relations Executive

Sarah first was 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.

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Louise Norman

Head of Ownership Experience

Louise joined the ROA as part of the Executive Team in January 2020 after 20 years working for Weatherbys primarily in the VAT Service area before heading up the Racing Bank team as Senior Manager.  Prior to this Louise worked for HMRC on the VAT inspection side, gaining an insight into the working world of VAT and Tax.  Louise has enjoyed many years working for, and alongside, Racehorse Owners which enables her to understand the importance of Owner engagement with the ability to drive improvements in the overall customer experience.    

Favourite Horses:  Denman and Gatflax