Final 8 announced for SIS/Racing Post Betting Shop Manager of the Year 2018

The final eight betting shop managers have been confirmed for the SIS/Racing Post Betting Shop Manager of the Year 2018

The managers, who will represent eight regions from across Great Britain and Ireland have been selected after a series of judging rounds including question papers and mystery shop visits. The latest judging round took place in Doncaster where finalists were interviewed on camera and were also assessed by the judges on their personal and professional attributes.

The panel were then tasked with deciding on a winner for each region, and we can now confirm that the Regional Champions are as follows:


Anglia & South East

David Monk – Betfred, Ipswich

Greater London

Amran Ul-Haque – Coral, Canary Wharf


Lorraine Archibald – Ladbrokes, Newtownards

Midlands & Wales

Ainsley Bowstead – Paddy Power, Loughborough

North East

Sascha Drape – Coral, Newcastle

North West & Isle of Man

Kevin Gray – Betsid, Chorley


Michael Strain – Ladbrokes, Glasgow

South West & Channel Islands

Ben Shaldon – William Hill, Exeter

“The Betting Shop Manager of the Year competition celebrates the best that the industry has to offer and it’s important to recognise the achievements of the leading managers in Britain and Ireland.

It’s Great to see managers from a wide variety of companies represented and we wish them all the luck in the next stage and look forward to seeing who is selected as regional champions.” Richard Ames, SIS Chief Executive Officer.

The Regional Champions will now progress onto the final stage of judging which will take place at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge on Sunday 18th November. The successor to Ron Hearn BSMOTY 2017 champion, will be announced after judging has been completed at an awards ceremony on Monday 19th November.