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The Racing Queensland Board trading as Racing Queensland provides a platform to service the racing industry across the 3 codes of racing.

Racing Queensland's vision is to become the #1 sporting industry in the sunshine state, with the mission to champion great racing and events which connect Queensland communities. 

 

THE RACING QUEENSLAND BOARD

 

STEVE WILSON AM

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Steve Wilson AM had an extensive career in the investment industry in the United Kingdom and Australia. He led the Brisbane stockbroker Wilsons to become a national leader in emerging companies whilst also establishing investment management companies Hyperion (1996) and Pinnacle (2006). Currently ASX 300 Pinnacle’s affiliates have funds under management of $45 billion.

He is a director of Pinnacle Investment Management Group, Centre for Independent Studies, Racing Australia, Australian Oil Shale Holdings and The Committee for Brisbane. He previously chaired South Bank Corporation (16 years), Hyperion Asset Management, St John’s Cathedral Completion Fund and Queensland Rugby Union and was a Director of Telstra, Tourism Queensland and Councillor of QUT.

He was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the finance industry and community and the BDA Gold Medal award for his role in transforming South Bank.

 

SHARON DAWSON

DEPUTY CHAIR/CHAIR OF REM & HR COMMITTEE

Sharon is the CEO of the Dawsons Group, a diversified heavy engineering and services company operating nationally from workshops in Cairns, Townsville and Charters Towers.

A North Queensland local, Sharon is committed to regional economic development and is the immediate past Deputy Chair of Ports North as well as previous roles with Advance Cairns, Cairns Chamber of Commerce and TAFE North Queensland.

Sharon has a strong knowledge of country and regional racing.

 

DALE CARTWRIGHT

MEMBER

Dale Cartwright is the Managing Director and Principal of the Cartwright Property Group, a highly recognised and accredited member of the Queensland real estate industry he established in 2003.

Dale enjoys all aspects of the three codes of racing, he has a long-standing personal interest in the greyhound industry.

His deep understanding of the greyhound industry and its heritage is valuable in informing his views of the future of the sector.

Dale is a Director of Greyhounds Australasia, and chairs the Greyhound Industry Advisory Panel meetings.

He is also a former President of the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club.

 

 

MARGARET REYNOLDS

MEMBER

Margaret was previously the Secretary/Treasurer of the Qld Breeders Owners Trainers Reinspersons Association and has over 50 years involvement in all aspects of the sport.

She is a former Director, and current executive member, of Harness Racing Australia and was also Secretary/Manager of North Qld Harness Racing Club.

Margaret, an experienced retail buyer for Myer and David Jones for many years, is very passionate as a breeder/owner and is the recipient of awards for service to the industry including the national meritorious award.

 

MAX WALTERS

MEMBER/CHAIR OF AUDIT & RISK

Max was a Senior Executive with the Seven Network for 26 years and is a lifelong follower of racing across all codes.

Max’s initial background is finance and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. During his career, he has been responsible for highly successful marketing, promotional and broadcast agreements between the Seven Network and both the South Australian Jockey Club and the Brisbane Racing Club.

Max was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2011 for Services to Cricket, the Community and the Media.

 

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JANE SEAWRIGHT

MEMBER

Jane has extensive experience as a corporate, commercial and finance lawyer, in private practice and in-house, in the mining research, technology start-up and not for profit sectors.

Based in Townsville, Jane runs a successful consultancy business advising in business development and marketing, as well as a legal consultancy.

She is presently the Chair of Netball Queensland, as well as a local director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, company secretary of SmartCap Technology Pty Ltd, and a member of the External Engagement Committee of QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. Past board roles include Chair of the Furnishing Industry Superannuation Fund, Chair of Queensland Institute of Medical Research Trust, Chair of Artisan, director of City North Infrastructure Pty Ltd and director of the Residential Tenancies Authority.

In 2018 she was announced as the QSport Volunteer of the Year.

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GRAHAM QUIRK

MEMBER

Following 34 years in public life including 3 years as Deputy Mayor and 8 years as Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk handed over the reins of City Hall in April this year to pursue his passion for breeding racehorses and Auctioneering.

Although retiring from full time public representation Graham is continuing to coordinate the Council of Mayors (SEQ) efforts to pursue a bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.

Graham grew up at Doomben and fondly recounts how the champion Gunsynd (The Goondiwindi Grey) walked up and down his street every day before heading to Tommy Smith’s stables in Sydney.

Although appointed as the Thoroughbred representative, Graham has held an interest in all racing codes and became a licensee in Queensland at 17 years of age.

The following key management positions exist:

Chief Executive Officer | Brendan Parnell

Chief Operating Officer | Adam Wallish

Chief Commercial Officer | Geoff Quinlan

General Manager People & Performance | Michelle McConachy

General Counsel & Board Secretary | Tara Hastings

General Manager Development & Construction | Steven Grimes

General Manager Corporate Affairs & Policy | Mary Collier

General Manager Partnerships & Assets | Melinda Martin

Other functions include: Education, Racing, Tracks, Marketing, IT and Welfare