Andoversford supports appointment of Peter Wright as Point-to-Point Authority CEO
by Peter McNeile
Retired soldier Peter Wright will look to rally the troops once he begins his role as Chief Executive of the Point-to-Point Authority this Autumn.
Peter, who lives a stone’s throw from the PPA Swindon office in nearby Highworth, will be the third person to hold the role since the PPA’s creation in 2008.
As a Lieutenant Colonel, Peter spent much of his previous career working in or on Africa, including time in Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. During that period he acquired a wealth of experience and skills that look set to serve him well in his new career, including strategic analysis, planning and diplomacy.
A lifelong pointing enthusiast, Peter has acted as Clerk of Course at Larkhill racecourse and has led on recent innovation and improvements at the Wiltshire venue. Improving profitability for their fixtures and enhancing the overall racegoer experience has also been high on the agenda during Peter’s time on the Combined Services Point-to-Point Organising Committee.
Peter said: “I’ve been an official, owner and racegoer at point-to-points, which has given me a wide perspective and experience to draw upon which I hope will serve me well for the challenge ahead. I’ve been pointing since I was a baby and try to go racing between 25 and 35 times a season, I’m incredibly passionate about the sport. I cannot wait to get started at the PPA and it is a privilege to be given the chance to take a leading role in securing the future and sustainability of British pointing.”
Andoversford Races Chairman Peter McNeile added, "Peter has a long history of support for our sport, and I'm sure his diplomatic skills will be well used in moving the sport forward into the twenty-first century. We face a period of unprecendented challenge to our sport, from pressure on household spend to support participation in our sport, increasing weight among potential riders, changing social habits and competition from other leisure pursuits. All fixtures need to keep refreshing themselves to appeal to frsh audiences and to retain existing ones. I very much hope Peter will reach out to absorb the expertise of many who are running successful yards and events to understand the motivations of participants and spectators alike, and we look forward to working with him and the wider PPA team to share that knowledge."