Entain Joint Venture Appoints Clarissa Baldwin CBE as Non-Executive Director
Premier Greyhound Racing, the recently-launched joint venture between Entain and Arena Racing Company (ARC), have added to their Board with the appointment of Clarissa Baldwin CBE to the position of Non-Executive Director.
Baldwin joins Premier Greyhound Racing having held numerous senior positions across the animal welfare industry, including a 25 year tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the Dogs Trust and over 20 years as chair of the Greyhound Forum. Other notable posts held include serving on Lord Donoughue’s 2007 independent review of the greyhound racing industry as well as being a current trustee of the international charity, Mission Rabies. Baldwin is the author of the slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ and was awarded a CBE in 2015 for her outstanding contribution to animal welfare.
Commenting on her appointment, Clarissa Baldwin said: “It’s an honour to be joining the Premier Greyhound Racing Board. I have a life-long passion for the welfare of animals and racing greyhounds are incredibly close to my heart, in particular after my two decades as Chair of the Greyhound Forum. I am looking forward to working with David Lipsey and his team to help deliver Premier Greyhound Racing’s commitment to the welfare of greyhounds, the precious stars of our sport.”
Welcoming her to the Premier Greyhound Racing Board, Chair Lord David Lipsey added: “Clarissa’s appointment is a tremendous asset to the Premier Greyhound Racing Board. She is a tireless champion of animal welfare and her vast experience will be invaluable given her distinguished career associated with leading canine bodies both within, and outside, the sport. I will work closely with Clarissa as we drive forward with our shared passion to put greyhound welfare at the very heart of everything we do at Premier Greyhound Racing.”
Premier Greyhound Racing aims to deliver the market-leading greyhound racing product, delivering increased welfare standards and investment to best serve racegoers, owners and trainers, revitalising the sport in the process.
Between them ARC and Entain own nine of Britain’s 20 official and regulated greyhound racing tracks. The company will offer a comprehensive package of racing, both to digital and retail betting operators and their customers, worldwide from the ARC and Entain stadia along with five independent tracks (Kinsley, Pelaw Grange, Sheffield, Swindon and Yarmouth).
Premier Greyhound Racing parent companies, Entain and ARC, have each committed to invest in Open Racing prize money, exceeding a combined £2.5 million, as well as to invest further in welfare research projects.
Premier Greyhound Racing will work with the sport’s governing body, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, supporting their developing welfare strategies.