Executive Team

Barry OFarrell

Barry O'Farrell - Chief Executive Officer

Barry O’Farrell was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Racing Australia in January 2017. Barry was the 43rd Premier of New South Wales and served in the State Parliament from 1995-2015. In 2015 he led a review of Illegal Offshore Wagering for the Australian Government.

Myles Foreman

Myles Foreman - Operations Chief Executive Officer

Myles has over 20 years' experience in senior executive roles in the Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports industries. Myles joined RISA in June 2006 in the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer after ten years with Ticketmaster. He commenced work with Ticketmaster as Operations Manager also holding the roles of Chief Information Officer, General Manager - ticketmaster.com.au and Head of Markets and Development for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Ticketmaster, Myles spent seven years with Rydges Hotels & Resorts. In his capacity as the foundation CEO of RISA Myles oversaw the expansion of RISA from an effective start-up company in 2006 to a business delivering a diverse range of products and services to multiple stakeholders across Australia.  With the merger of RISA and the ARB Myles assumed the role of Operations Chief Executive Officer for Racing Australia. 

Senior Leadership Team

David Connell

David Connell - Chief Financial Officer

David joined RISA in October 2006 after three and half years as Financial Accountant for Racing Victoria Limited (RVL). Prior to joining RVL, David was Group Accountant for SMS Management & Technology Group from 1994 - 2002. From 1990 - 1994 David was Financial Accountant for Mercy Hospital for Women. Prior to that David held a range of Finance roles. David is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA). David is responsible for the financial operations of RISA. In addition David is the Key Person and Responsible Manager of the Thoroughbred Trainers Service Centre (TTSC) Australian Financial Services License (AFSL) as well as day to day operations of the TTSC. With the merger of RISA and the ARB David assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer for Racing Australia.

Jacqueline Stewart

Jacqueline Stewart - Manager Owner & Breeder Services (Keeper of the Australian Stud Book)

Owner and Breeder Services encompass the traditional roles of the Australian Stud Book and the Registrar of Racehorses, functions critical to the integrity of the racing industry. Jacqueline joined the Australian Stud Book organisation in September 1998 after completing a degree in Equine Business Management at the University of Sydney, becoming the Deputy Keeper from 2005 and the Keeper in 2014. The Stud Book was purchased by RISA in September 2014 and operates today as a fully integrated division of Racing Australia. The Australian Stud Book, founded in 1878, is the official authority for the identification of racehorses in Australia and in which are kept the breeding records of the second largest population of Thoroughbreds in the world, approximately 14,500 foals per year. The Registrar of Racehorse's role is to record the naming and initial ownership registration of all Thoroughbreds accepted into the Australian Stud Book, approximately 13,000 per year. The Registrar's role and responsibilities in the industry are governed by the Australian Rules of Racing. Jacqueline leads the Owner and Breeder Services team to provide independent breed integrity and ensures it continually strives to improve the services for owners and breeders to remain a world leader in its field.

Natasha Hamilton

Dr Natasha Hamilton - Equine Genetics Research Centre Director

Dr Hamilton was awarded her PhD in equine genetics from the University of Sydney in 2005. Before starting at Racing Australia she was as a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science where she taught neurophysiology and equine science. Her research has always revolved around horses, with a particular focus on the genetic factors that affect health, disease, soundness and career length in racehorses. Natasha is a member of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities Gene Doping Control Subcommittee, International Horse Genome Workshop, International Society of Animal Genetics, and is an associate member of the International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians. Dr Hamilton commenced as the inaugural Director of the EGRC in January 2018 and reports to the Operations CEO of Racing Australia.

Matt Orr

Matt Orr - General Counsel (Company Secretary)

Matt joined Racing Australia as its first dedicated in-house lawyer in March 2017, having previously worked as Legal Counsel at Racing NSW. Prior to that, he was employed at leading law firms Clayton Utz and Holding Redlich, specialising in litigation/dispute resolution and employment/industrial relations. Matt is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and also has qualifications in business (sport management) and economics. In December 2017, Matt assumed the role of Company Secretary for Racing Australia and its controlled entities.

Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop - IT Manager

Mark joined Racing Australia in October 2018 as the IT Manager. Mark is a highly skilled IT professional with more than 15 years of experience across a diverse range of industries and technologies. Prior to joining Racing Australia, he held the position of IT Manger with Pental Limited for seven years. In this role he was responsible for outfitting a new data centre, an ERP system upgrade, the implementation of a trade spend and forecasting system as well as the integration of major customers onto EDI electronic ordering. His diversity is shown through a variety of previous IT roles at Interpublic Group, The King David School, adidas and TIC Group. Mark is responsible for delivering national IT projects, while maintaining the day-to-day IT operations of Racing Australia.