William Hill Appoint Former Red Devil Sir Roy Gardner to the Board

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William Hill appoint former Manchester United board member Sir Roy Gardner as an independent Non-executive director, and also wrap up a sponsorship deal with Sandown Park.

William Hill Appoint Former Red Devil Sir Roy Gardner to the BoardWilliam Hill has confirmed the signing of a former Manchester United team member, and no, it’s not David Moyes.

Whilst the international executive and non-executive search firm Zygos continue to find a worthy successor to head honcho Ralph Topping, team William Hill have added an additional team member to the ranks.

The former board member at Manchester United, Sir Roy Gardner, has been appointed to the position of Independent Non-executive director, with effect from 3 March 2014. His responsibilities include serving as a member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Nomination and Corporate Responsibility Committees, and will replace Senior Independent Non-executive Director David Edmonds who will be taking his pipe and slippers at the end of the year.

Gardner comes to the team after a successful stint as the Chairman of Compass Group plc, the global food services and catering group that you may recognize from their work on the UK’s railways a few years back. Before that Gardner was the Group Chief Executive of Centrica plc between the years 1997 − 2006, where he was responsible for overseeing the de-merger from British Gas.

His other board positions include servicing as a Senior Non-executive Director and then Chairman of Manchester United plc between 2000 − 2005.

Gareth Davis, Chairman of William Hill said that he was: “delighted that Sir Roy has agreed to join the William Hill Board. He will add substantially to the Board with his wealth of experience and insight in terms of governance, risk management and strategy. His vast experience in multi-national operations across different sectors will also be invaluable as we look to develop William Hill further as an innovative, international and multi-channel gambling business.”

William Hill to Sponsor Imperial Cup Day at Sandown

In other William Hill news that doesn’t involve death to horses, greyhounds or dogs, we can confirm that the UK bookmaker has signed a deal with the Sandown Park racecourse that will see them act as the official sponsor for the upgraded Grade 3 Imperial Cup, which takes place in March.

The race is worth £70,000 in prize money, but Hills have promised to add a further £100,000 to that mix should the winner go on to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival the following week.

Kate Miller, PR director for William Hill had this to say in a press release: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Imperial Cup Day at Sandown Park including the prestigious feature race, The William Hill Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle. With Cheltenham just around the corner, everyone is full of anticipation with what will happen in the days to come.”


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