The board of England's Ascot racecourse has been informed by its Chief Executive, Douglas Erskine-Crum, of his intention to leave Ascot in the New Year. After nearly 13 years with Ascot, he has decided that the time has come for him to find a new challenge and to handover to someone new.Erskine-Crum will leave Ascot in the New Year and the search for his successor has commenced. If necessary, upon his departure, Janet Walker, Commercial and Finance Director, will assume the role of Acting Chief Executive until Douglas's successor has been appointed.
"We are indebted to Douglas for all he has achieved at Ascot," said the Duke of Devonshire. "He has taken Ascot into the 21st Century and realised its potential as one of the great racecourses in the world. We will miss him greatly, we thank him for everything and wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we have a strong team in place to manage a time of transition. The search for his successor has already commenced.""After nearly 13 years and with the redevelopment largely completed, the time has come for me to find a new challenge in the next phase of my career," Douglas Erskine-Crum said. "I thank everyone at Ascot, and in racing, for their support and help over the years. I will look back on my time at Ascot with great pride and wish the Board and team every success in the future."