ARC appoints Spincer to lead racing division

20 January 2020

UK racecourse operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has named Mark Spincer as the new managing director of its racing division.

Spincer, who will take on the position with immediate effect, will assume overall responsibility of ARC’s 16 racecourse sites and four greyhound stadia.

He moves into the role having been with the ARC - and previously Arena Leisure which merged with Northern Racing to create the ARC - for over 12 years. Spincer was most recently group operations director, but also spent time as executive director of both Newcastle and Doncaster Racecourses. 

“We have tremendous teams working across our sites, and as such, I am very much looking forward to taking on this new role,” Spincer said. “Delivering fantastic events and excellent customer experience has been at the heart of my career at ARC and will very much continue to be the focus moving forward.”

ARC chief executive Martin Cruddace added: “We are very pleased to confirm the appointment of Mark Spincer as managing director of ARC’s racing division, given his considerable experience and expertise. 

“He has done an excellent job as group operations director, with day to day management of our various sites, but we believe that this new role will be a significant benefit in building the business over the coming years.”

Spincer’s appointment is the latest major move in the UK racing sector. This month, the British Horseracing Authority announced Nick Rust is to step down as its chief executive at the end of 2020, while The Jockey Club Racecourses also revealed that Paul Fisher will leave his role as its chief executive in February.