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Mike Saunders

Chief Operating Officer

Juddmonte Group

Newmarket, UK

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Mike Saunders’ Biography

Mike Saunders is Chief Operating Officer of Juddmonte Group, one of the leading thoroughbred racing and breeding operations, owned by the late Prince Khalid bin Abdullah and now by his family.

Juddmonte consistently produces top-class horses from its select stallions and 200 broodmares on its stud farms in England, Ireland and the USA and competes at the highest level around the world. He joined the enterprise as Chief Financial Officer before taking on the day-to-day running of the business as COO in 2021.

Mike is a respected leader with extensive international experience in a range of industries, including M&As, stakeholder management and process improvement. His commercial experience includes restructuring, corporate business planning and business development.

Before taking on his leadership roles in bloodstock, Mike held several senior positions in the global spirits industry, most recently as Group Financial Controller at William Grant & Sons during a time of rapid business expansion. In his wide-ranging role, Mike oversaw global reporting, tax and treasury.

Prior to this, Mike was Finance Director of Asia Pacific at Beam Global after successfully heading the strategic review of Asia at Maxxium while serving as Finance Director of the region. In this role, he developed a new structure for the Asia business, which included establishing new entities and routes to market, and was pivotal in driving growth in emerging economies. He joined Maxxium as a Financial Controller for the UK and Ireland before moving to Asia.

He began his career at Price Waterhouse, where he was an Assistant Manager until joining British Airways as an Internal Auditor. He swiftly transitioned into a number of senior roles before his final appointment as Financial Controller of Procurement & Business Development.

Mike serves as Non-Executive Director and as Chair of the Audit Committee at The 1887 Company Ltd and holds an ACA accreditation issued by the ICAEW.

Mike’s Background

Juddmonte Group
Chief Operating Officer
May 2021 - Present
Newmarket, UK
Juddmonte is an international thoroughbred horseracing and breeding enterprise founded in 1980 by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah.
Juddmonte Group
Chief Financial Officer
Aug 2016 - May 2021
Newmarket, UK
Mike started his tenure at Juddmonte Group as Chief Financial Officer before taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer.
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Board Positions

The 1887 Company Ltd
Non-Executive Director
Feb 2011 - Present
Glasgow, UK
Based in Glasgow, The 1887 Company Ltd is part of The Edrington Group, a global spirits company. 1887 produces and distributes iconic Scotch whiskies such as The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes and The Famous Grouse.


Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
London, UK
The ACA is the Chartered Accountant qualification issued by the ICAEW, one of the leading development programmes for finance professionals around the world.

Mike’s Education

University of Bristol
1986 - 1989

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