Dena Merson

  • Bloodstock, Career Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion, Emotional Resilience, Leadership, Personal Development

Dena, founder of Simply Racing, has extensive experience in coaching and mentoring in the racing and gaming industry working with boards and senior executives across the sport. She devised and developed the original Women in Racing mentoring programme and more recently the Racing Home Programme. A former Managing Director at Credit Suisse, Dena had a breeding and bloodstock business before starting her own executive coaching practice working with leaders in the City, and working on business strategy with charities and in the military. She was a board member on the Scottish Racing Academy, ROA and Thoroughbred Owner and Breeder. Dena blends a keen understanding of racing politics with business expertise and specialisation in leadership.

Meet the Women in Racing Mentors

Alycia Pritchard

  • Bloodstock, Change management, Equestrian Sport
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Anne Lambert

  • Career Coaching, Charities, Corporate Governance, Leadership, Working with Boards
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Bethan Byrne

  • Bloodstock, Charities, Education, Personal Development
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Carolynn Anderson

  • Bloodstock, Career Coaching, Equestrian Sport, Personal Development
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Carrie Ford

  • Charities, Current or Former Jockey, Emotional Resilience, Racing Yards, Racing Yards and Teams
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Catch Bissett

  • Personal Development, Racing Yards and Teams
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Charlotte Osborne

  • Career Coaching, Corporate Governance, Education, Equestrian Sport, Leadership, Personal Development, Safeguarding
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Chloe Martin

  • Bloodstock, Charities, Education, Leadership, Media, Personal Development, Safeguarding, Working with Boards
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Claire Kubler

  • Bloodstock, Equine Science, Personal Development, Racehorse Trainer, Racing Yards and Teams
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Claire Sheppard

  • Bloodstock, Charities, Corporate Governance, Education, Leadership, Politics, Racecourses, Safeguarding, Working with Boards
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Clare Blakely

  • Insurance, Leadership, Networking, Personal Development, Racing Yards, Recruitment, Working with Boards
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Dawn Laidlaw

  • Bloodstock, Career Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Leadership, Personal Development, Working with Boards
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Di Farrell-Thomas

  • Change management, Corporate Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Emotional Resilience, Equestrian Sport, Health and Wellbeing, Leadership, Personal Development, Politics, Racecourses, Safeguarding, Working with Boards
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Dr Eleanor Boden

  • Career Coaching, Charities, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Personal Development, Safeguarding
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Eileen Harte

  • Bloodstock, Career Coaching, Charities, Leadership, Personal Development, Racing Yards and Teams
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Emma Sayer

  • Charities, Current or Former Jockey, Education, Equestrian Sport, Personal Development, Racing Yards, Safeguarding
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Gemma Ospedale

  • Bloodstock, Charities, Legal, Personal Development, Racing Yards and Teams
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Gemma Waterhouse

  • Change management, Charities, Corporate Governance, Equestrian Sport, Leadership, Safeguarding, Working with Boards
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Gina Bryce

  • Bloodstock, Media
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Helene Sharrock

  • Career Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion, Emotional Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, Leadership, Mental Health Support, Personal Development, Working with Boards
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Jayne Greenman

  • Career Coaching, Corporate Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, Emotional Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, Leadership, Personal Development, Racecourses, Safeguarding, Working with Boards
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Kerry Murphy

  • Bloodstock, Corporate Governance, Leadership, Working with Boards
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Lisa Hancock

  • Charities, Corporate Governance, Current or Former Jockey, Leadership, Racecourses, Safeguarding, Working with Boards
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Louise Stewart

  • Career Coaching, Corporate Governance, Leadership, Personal Development, Racecourses, Working with Boards
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Lucy Attwood

  • Career Coaching, Change management, Corporate Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, Emotional Resilience, Leadership, Personal Development, Working with Boards
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Lucy Gurney

  • Charities, Education, Equine Facilitated Learning, Leadership, Racing Yards and Teams, Working with Boards
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Lucy Hayes

  • Leadership, Personal Development, Racecourses, Working with Boards
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Lynn Tomkins

  • Career Coaching, Change management, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Leadership, Personal Development
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Penny Taylor

  • Charities, Equestrian Sport, Leadership, Personal Development, Racecourses
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Pip Kirkby

  • Career Coaching, Charities, Equestrian Sport, Leadership, Racecourses, Working with Boards
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Rachel Flynn

  • Bloodstock, Current or Former Jockey, Leadership, Legal, Racehorse Trainer, Racing Yards and Teams
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Sarah Guest

  • Emotional Resilience, Leadership, Personal Development, Racing Yards, Racing Yards and Teams, Safeguarding
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Simone Sear

  • Career Coaching, Charities, Corporate Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing, Leadership, Mental Health Support, Personal Development, Safeguarding
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Susannah Gill

  • Betting Industry, Diversity and Inclusion, Emotional Resilience, Media, Networking, Personal Development, Politics
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Suzanne Homewood

  • Career Coaching, Change management, Education, Leadership, Tech
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Tallulah Wilson

  • Betting Industry, Bloodstock, Corporate Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, Personal Development, Working with Boards
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Tanya Stevenson

  • Betting Industry, Media, Tech
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Zoe Elliot

  • Charities, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Leadership, Maternity Support, Menopause, Personal Development, Safeguarding
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