07 May 2003 Pre-2014 Releases

Death of Lord Mcgowan

Published: 7 May 2003

It is with great regret that the Jockey Club reports the death of Lord McGowan, a Steward of the Jockey Club and Chairman of the Licensing Committee.

Lord McGowan died on Tuesday night after a short period of serious illness.

Christopher Spence, Senior Steward of the Jockey Club, said:

“Duncan, who has been a great friend for many years, will be much missed by all his friends and colleagues, who include many members and employees of the Jockey Club. He was an exceptionally kind and charming man, greatly liked by all who came to know him.

“Duncan was a dedicated and valued member of the Club who gave a huge amount of his time to racing and cared deeply about the sport. He made a significant contribution to the work of the Jockey Club in a wide variety of roles, most recently with the Licensing Committee and as a Regulatory Steward. He also enjoyed a distinguished career in the City. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Duncan’s wife and children at this very difficult time.”

May 7th 2003

Notes for Editors:

Lord McGowan was born on 20th July 1938. He was elected to the Jockey Club in 1990. Since 2001 he has been Chairman of the Licensing Committee, a Steward of the Jockey Club and a member of the Regulatory Board. He was also Chairman of the Club’s Members’ Committee. He had previously served as a member of the Disciplinary Committee and on the Racecourse Stewarding Arm.

He acted as a racecourse steward at Sandown, Newmarket and Ascot.

Lord McGowan was a racehorse owner and as a member of the Thurloe Two Syndicate part-owned Sharpical, winner of the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury in 1998.

He retired last year as Managing Director of WestLB Panmure Ltd, an investment bank, and was a non-executive director of a number of other companies, including Halma plc and Jarvis plc.