Senior Independent Director of the Racing Authority.

Wilf Walsh

Wilf grew up in Salford and attended St Peters RC Grammar (now St Monica’s) in Prestwich. He graduated with a Law degree from Leeds University. He has held a number of senior positions including Managing Director of Coral Bookmakers and Chairman of Fortuna Entertainment Group. He has been CEO of Carpetright plc since 2014 and is the Senior Independent Director of the Racing Authority.


Describe what you were like at school in three words?

Full of beans

What’s the best thing about Manchester?

Central Library – I passed my A levels studying there

What has been your biggest disappointment?

Living down south for longer than I lived up north

How do you relax?

Horse racing – I own shares in a few

The soundtrack to your life. Which song?

Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears)

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Belgrade Airport, 6th February, 1958

What's your most over-used phrase

Adding the term “or what?” to every sentence

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

You’ve got two ears and one mouth, use them in proportion

Roast Dinner or Fish 'N' Chips?

Fish and chips

Red or Blue?

RED. There are no Blues in Salford where I grew up (official government statistic).