Addressing the shortage of skilled stable staff is at the top of our priorities so today’s announcement that we have appointed Shelley Perham in a new role as Recruitment and Training Coordinator marks a significant step in our strategy.
Shelley will begin work as a member of the NTF executive team on Monday 9th May. She will be working from home near Huntingdon but will also have a base at the NTF office in Lambourn.
Some of you will already know Shelley as she has excellent connections in British horseracing. As an amateur rider and through her employment with bloodstock agents and syndicate managers, she has a good rapport with trainers. In addition she brings to the role wider experience in the equestrian world through her achievements in the showing arena and management of the Keysoe Equestrian Centre. Shelley has a passionate interest in young people’s personal development and is a Sporting Champion for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Sport England’s community projects, mentoring and motivating young people. She has recent experience of delivering the education programme for Racing To School.
As the job title suggests, Shelley’s role is to coordinate the NTF’s work with other industry partners on recruitment and training with the aim of achieving an adequate number of skilled stable staff over the long term. She will be the industry’s principal point of contact at the NTF on recruitment, training, retention and welfare.
This appointment demonstrates our commitment to finding solutions to an issue that has a serious impact not just on trainers but on the sport as a whole. Shelley is very excited about the opportunity to work with our members and all our industry partners to take forward all the work we are doing in this area.