Clodagh Kavanagh became Godolphin International Thoroughbred Leadership Programme Executive Director in 2003. Motivated by HH Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of creating a management training programme to recruit and develop the “Future Leaders of the Thoroughbred Industry”, Clodagh’s role is to provide strategic leadership and maintain a global perspective on the programme. She oversees the quality and relevance of the syllabus, provides coaching and mentoring to the trainees and guides a team of coordinators based in Australia, UK, USA and Dubai.
Previously General Manager of the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare, Clodagh was a part-time Racing Official with the Irish Turf Club.
Clodagh has worked in Kentucky, New Zealand, Hunter Valley, Melbourne, Sydney and Kildare for some of the leaders in the thoroughbred industry including Eaton-Williams consignors, Segenhoe Stud, Colin Hayes, Ballysheehan, Moyglare, Airlie and Derrinstown Studs.
She is a graduate of University College Dublin, obtaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree in 1988 and MSc in Business (Leadership and Management) in 2019. Clodagh is a Step II MBTI Practitioner. Clodagh jointly founded the Women’s Irish Network for Racing (WiNR) and she is a board member of the Irish National Stud.