Board of Directors

GREG NICHOLS

CHAIRMAN

Racing Victoria
Nominated Director

Greg Nichols

Appointed: 31/12/2016
Appointed Chair: 12/04/2019

Current positions

  • Director, Racing Victoria
  • Chair, Racing.com
  • Member, Racing Victoria Media Rights & Wagering Sub-Committee
  • Member, Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria Steering Committee
  • Director & Principal, Vision Racing & Sport

Previous positions

  • Betfair Group Limited, The Sporting Exchange
  • Managing Director, Sporting Affairs
  • Chairman & Non-Executive Director, Timeform
  • Non-Executive Director, Betfair Australasia
  • Chief Executive & Executive Director, British Horseracing Board
  • General Manager - Industry Racing, Racing Victoria
  • Chief Executive, South Australian Thoroughbred Racing Authority

RUSSELL BALDING AO

DEPUTY CHAIR

Racing NSW
Nominated Director

Russell Balding AO

Appointed: 01/01/2017
Appointed Deputy Chair: 07/04/2017

Current positions

  • Chairman, Racing NSW
  • Deputy Chairman of Destination NSW

Previous positions

  • Chairman of Cabcharge Australia Limited
  • Director, The Trust Company (Sydney Airport Ltd)
  • Chairman of the Visitor Economy Taskforce
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Airport Corporation
  • Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
  • Director of Funding and Support Services and CFO of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
  • Director of Finance at the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority

Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the Australian broadcasting industry, particularly through initiatives in the areas of service delivery, advanced technology and financial management, and to the accounting profession through CPA Australia.

STEVEN WILSON AM

Racing Queensland
Nominated Director

Steven Wilson AM

Appointed: 01/04/2016

Current positions

  • Chairman, Racing Queensland and Russo Business School
  • Director and Co-Founder Pinnacle Investment Management Group Ltd
  • Director, Australian Oil Shale Holdings Ltd and Centre for Independent Studies
  • Committee, Brisbane Development Association
  • Trustee, University of Queensland Rugby Union Foundation

Previous positions

  • Chairman, Wilson Group Ltd, Southbank Corporation, St John's Cathedral Completion Fund, Hyperion Asset Management and Queensland Rugby Union
  • Director, Telstra Corporation and Tourism Queensland
  • Councillor, Queensland University of Technology
  • Member Australian Stock Exchange

Awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for services to business and to the financial services industry in Queensland, and to the community through leadership roles in cultural heritage, sport and social welfare organisations.

FRANCES NELSON QC

Thoroughbred Racing SA
Nominated Director

Frances Nelson

Appointed: 13/04/2015

Current positions

  • Chair, Thoroughbred Racing SA
  • Vice Chair, Asian Racing Federation
  • Chairman, Parole Board of South Australia
  • Member of the Sentencing Advisory Council

Leading figure in the South Australian legal establishment.

Previous positions

  • Principal Director, Australian Racing Board

JEFF OVENS

Racing and Wagering Western Australia Nominated Director

Board Dean Cooper

Appointed: 1/08/2018

Current positions

  • Chairman, Racing and Wagering Western Australia
  • Managing Partner, Hackersley Estate Winery
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Previous positions

  • Director, Bethesda Hospital, Claremont WA
  • Commissioner and CEO, West Australian Football Commission
  • Advisory Board, Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club
  • Director, Underwater World, Sentosa Island Singapore
  • Director, Cable Beach Club Joint Venture Broome WA

IAN MACKAY

Canberra Racing Club, Tasracing and Thoroughbred Racing NT Nominated Director

Board Dean Cooper

Appointed: 12/04/2019

Current positions

  • Chairman Canberra Racing Club
  • CEO and Company Secretary, Canberra Southern Cross Club

Previous positions

  • CEO The Championships, Racing NSW
  • Chief Operating Officer, Australian Turf Club
  • General Manager Marketing - Wagering, Tabcorp
  • General Manager Sales and Marketing, Sydney Turf Club
  • Country Manager Pacific Islands, Coca-Cola South Pacific

Board Committees

Integrity Committee

Chair - Dean Cooper

The Integrity Committee is a committee of the Board of Racing Australia and is responsible to the Board for oversight of integrity matters to ensure ongoing confidence and support across the Australian Thoroughbred racing industry.

Jockey and Horse Welfare Committee

Chair - Steve Wilson AM

The Jockey and Horse Welfare Committee is a committee of the Board of Racing Australia and is responsible to the Board for oversight of jockey and horse health and welfare matters relevant to the Australian Thoroughbred racing industry.

Pattern & Development Committee

Chair - Frances Nelson QC

The Pattern and Development Committee is a committee of the Board of Racing Australia and is responsible to the Board for assisting the development and maintenance of excellence across Thoroughbred horse racing nationally.

Finance, Governance and Remuneration Committee

Chair - Peter V'landys AM

The Finance, Governance and Remuneration Committee is a committee of the Board of Racing Australia Limited and is responsible for co-ordinating the Board's oversight of, financial and reporting responsibilities, maintaining world's best practice of Racing Australia's IT Systems and Infrastructure, Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity planning and preparedness as well as review and recommendation of annual operational and capital expenditure budgets, monitoring and reporting back to the Board.