In addition to this, BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent has been revealed as host of the event and ITV Racing’s Alice Plunkett announced as the final panellist for the women in sport conference at Aintree Racecourse on Ladies Day, 7 April.
Sally Nugent, said: “I’ve been coming to Aintree Racecourse since I was a child, so I am delighted to be involved in the Grand Women’s Summit. It’s important to encourage more women to play their part in sport at every level. From supporting to competing to running the show. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Ellie and Alice will join Dame Sarah Storey and Sam Quek MBE on a high calibre and exciting panel with the highly respected broadcaster, Sally Nugent hosting the third year of the Grand Women’s Summit at Aintree.
Alice Plunkett, former eventer and National Hunt jockey and current presenter on ITV Racing, is the only women to have ridden at both Badminton Horse Trials and over the Grand National course at Aintree.
Ellie Mickleburgh is UK Marketing Director at JLT which is one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits services. She is recognised for performing roles at the top levels of marketing leadership with global brands including Aviva and RSA.
Ellie Mickleburgh said: ‘I am extremely pleased to see that like the insurance market, horse racing is taking positive steps to promote gender equality and encourage more women into the industry. Having the opportunity to share the insights and lessons learned from both sectors will be a valuable experience, and one that will be crucial to moving closer to greater inclusion in the workplace.’
Already announced, Dame Sarah Storey is a multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both road and track racing cyclist and swimming. Sarah became the most successful female British Paralympian of all time in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games by winning the C5 3000m individual pursuit final to bring her Paralympic medal total to an impressive fourteen golds.
Dame Sarah Storey, said: “I am delighted to be joining the panel for the Grand Women Summit. The event is highly regarded for being informative and entertaining whilst allowing for great networking opportunities and I am looking forward to meeting other like-minded people on the day and being able to share our passion for sport.”
Also previously announced as a panellist and Ladies Day Ambassador, local Olympic Gold Medallist, Sam Quek MBE was part of the successful Great Britain Hockey Team who won Gold at the Rio Olympics and also has a passion for promoting women in sport and encouraging young girls into playing hockey and sport in general.
Hailed a huge success over the past two years, the Grand Women’s Summit will celebrate women in horseracing, sport and business and provide guests with an informative educational, career and networking opportunity, whilst experiencing one of the largest horseracing festivals in the world. Sarah, Sam, Ellie and Alice will discuss ways to get more young people into sport and physical exercise and debate various aspects of gender balance and diversity in sport and business from participation to corporate and board level.
Following the panel discussion in the O’Sullevan facility, which overlooks Aintree’s world famous Parade Ring, delegates will also be treated to an exclusive course-walk around the iconic Grand National course with Irish Grand National winning jockey Katie Walsh; Former Grand National Jockey, Carrie Ford; and 1990 Grand National winning trainer, Kim Bailey.
Kim, said: “I’m delighted to be part of the Grand Women’s Summit at Aintree and taking guests on a unique Grand National course walk at one of the greatest horseracing festivals in the world. Events like this are important to help share ideas and promote women and girls in our sport.”
Additionally, Aintree and WiR will also be adding a champagne lunch and networking event in Paddock Lodge before the day’s racing starts.
Tickets for the 2017 Grand Women Summit on Friday 7 April will be priced at £89 and can be bought through www.randoxhealthgrandnational.co.uk or by calling 0344 579 3001. A ticket includes a Lord Sefton Terrace ticket for Ladies Day, a private facility in the Paddock Lodge after the panel discussion in O’Sullevans, a Grand National course walk by Katie Walsh, Carrie Ford and Kim Bailey, a champagne lunch and the Grand Women Summit.
There is a reduced price of £75 for Women in Racing members. To purchase Women in Racing members tickets please visit www.womeninracing.co.uk/Events