The Team

Bill Dwan has been involved in bloodstock from an early age and worked closely with his father Jack in his successful National Hunt business before completing the Irish National Stud course. He then spent eight years working for Coolmore Stud, during this period he spent 6 Southern Hemisphere stud seasons working in New Zealand and Australia and also had the privilege of handling/managing champion sire Danehill while he stood at stud in Japan. After leaving Coolmore, Bill managed Ballygallon Stud before becoming one of the founders and the public face of The Castlebridge Consignment.

Andrew Mead, pupil assistant to Barry Hills in 1976 when Durtal was winning the Cheveley Park Stakes for the stable. Followed by three years as assistant trainer to Capt Ryan Price, with a spell working in Australia for the legendary Bart Cummings at the height of his powers. Andrew then moved onto a twenty year career as a bloodstock agent which began with the late Richard Galpin and then as a partner in Mead Goodbody Ltd., selling two Derby winners to Japan in the year of their Epsom victories. In 2007 he moved on from agenting to focus on running The Castlebridge Consignment.

Tara Dwan


Tara Dwan, daughter and assistant trainer to highly successful Irish trainer Michael Cunningham who excelled on the flat with the likes of Cairn Rouge, winner of 1000 Guineas and Champion Stakes at Newmarket plus many big winners over jumps including For Auction winning the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Tara was involved in the day to day running of her father’s busy racing yard as well as riding on the flat. Tara is now actively involved in the managing of Castlebridge Stud in Co. Meath.

Marion Goodbody


Marion Goodbody competed internationally in dressage, show jumping, and eventing whilst at Trinity College, Dublin. Well known in Tipperary hunting circles, successful in point-to-points and team chasing, and one of the first licensed lady riders in Ireland, including competing over the Punchestown “banks” course. Managed Tullamaine Castle Stud before a career in bloodstock with the Newmarket Bloodstock Agency, Tim Vigors, and as a partner in Mead Goodbody Ltd. During her time with Tim Vigors, Marion was instrumental in the purchase of Indian Ridge to stand as a stallion.

Liz Palmer

Associate Finance Director

Liz Palmer joined Castlebridge as Accounts Manager in 2009 having previously worked for International Racehorse Transport for some 12 years, with prior to that, a background in accountancy and tax affairs. Liz has overseen the remarkable growth of The Castlebridge Consignment over the past ten years and has direct contact with a great many of the Castlebridge clients. Liz is married with two daughters, one of whom is a practising vet.

Hannah Stapleton

Company PA

Hannah initially started at Castlebridge East and then moved into the office part time, before taking over the Company PA role, handling all aspects of entries, sales documentation and sales staff etc.

Emma Palmer

Personal Assistant

Emma was working in Canada before returning to the UK on a short term contract to work for Castlebridge in 2016 and she was soon immersed into the Wildenstein Dispersal at Goffs Sales. A busy Tattersalls December Sales immediately followed, which combined to give Emma a rapid learning curve in the bloodstock industry. Although she returned to Canada at the end of the sales season, Castlebridge has seen enough to want to bring Emma back as a permanent member of staff in the Newmarket office from 2017.

Hannah Murphy

UK Farm Manager

Hannah joined us in the Summer of 2018 as Head Girl. Coming from a farming family local to Newmarket, she combines that farming background with her own extensive CV including most recently travelling head girl to one of Newmarkets leading flat stables. An all-round horsewoman, she provides us with hands on horse experience, coupled with management capabilities.