Our Advocates

Lee Mottershead

Lee has worked at the Racing Post for over 20 years. He is news reporter, feature writer, interviewer, columnist.

He’s also written three books, including two ghosted autobiographies – Persian Punch: The Authorised Tribute; A Weight Off My Mind (autobiography of Richard Hughes): Too Busy To Die (autobiography of Derek Thompson).

Lee is also a frequent TV/radio contributor, with regular appearances on BBC Radio 5 live, plus BBC News, talkSPORT, Sky Sports News, CNN, Racing UK, and a host of Racing Post podcasts.

What I love most about racehorses: their embodiment of so many of the very finest qualities and attributes - speed, stamina, courage, quirkiness and a nice slice of unpredictability!


Charlie Liverton 

Charlie has been Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners Association since February 2016.

Prior to joining the ROA, Charlie worked as Racing Manager at Neptune Investment Management.

At the beginning of his career, Charlie was pupil assistant trainer to Major Dick Hern and Richard Hannon, and working for one of the leading vets in Lambourn, Mike O’Gorman and in the bloodstock department of Tattersalls.

A racehorse owner himself, Charlie currently has horses with Eve Johnson Houghton and Charlie Longsdon.

What I love most about racing: The colour, camaraderie, competiveness but most of all the thoroughbred horse itself.


Simon Knapp LVO BVetMed BSc MRCVS

Simon is Clinical Director at Scott Dunn’s Equine Clinic in Wokingham, with overall responsibility for the running of all practice matters.

Simon has a long-term interest in horses dating back to his childhood when his father, both raced and played polo.

He also holds many prestigious veterinary appointments including being: a Member of Veterinary Committee as Racecourse Association Veterinary Advisor; Member of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) Veterinary Committee; Veterinary Advisor to Guards Polo Club; Senior Veterinary Surgeon to Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park Racecourses; and Royal Ascot Veterinary Team member.

What I love most about racehorses: Their courage, resilience and athleticism.


Naomi Mellor BVM&S Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS

Naomi is an equine vet in the Lambourn area, working on several large racing yards in the West Berkshire and Wiltshire region. She has previously worked as both a stud and racing vet in Australia, Yorkshire and Oxfordshire, and holds a post-graduate certificate in Equine Medicine.

Her professional areas of interest include orthopaedic conditions of the racehorse and foal medicine, and she is a member of both the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and the British Equine Veterinary Association.

In addition to her veterinary work, Naomi is the treasurer of Women in Racing and an advocate for women in the sport.

What I love most about racing: Apart from the horses, the staff on the yards. The care they provide for each and every animal is magnificent and their sense of humour is unrivalled!


Jamie O’Gorman BVSc MRCVS

Jamie is the owner of an equine veterinary practice in the south of England.

The son of an equine vet, he grew up surrounded by racehorses and used to event and showjump in his younger days. Having completed an internship in Newmarket he went on to work as a veterinary surgeon in Yorkshire, Australia and Ireland before settling back in the homestead of Berkshire.

He is passionate about horses and their welfare and spends much of his professional time dealing with racehorses.

What I love most about racing: Unquestionably the horses. Their individual personalities and characters. Their grace, nobility and sheer athleticism. It’s a privilege to spend time with them. Closely followed by the characters that find a home in racing and witnessing the relationships between the two and the devotion and commitment shown by the lads and lasses to the horses under their care. 

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