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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 connect people through the thrill of racing, with the mission to become Queensland's favourite sport and Australia's Best Racing Jurisdiction.






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.




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.




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.

While 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; where he convened the Queensland Greyhound Affiliation which dealt with industry and animal welfare issues in a very fraught public environment.




Mark is the founder of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd, an alternative asset manager. In March 2016, Blue Sky was admitted to the ASX index as one of Australia’s top 300 listed companies with a market capitalisation in excess of $500m and 85 people across offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and New York.

He has a deep understanding of the commercial aspects of racing.




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.




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.




Susannah is the founder and CEO of The Urban List, Australia’s most influential local lifestyle guide. The site connects with 2.5 million Australians and New Zealanders each month across seven markets, with a partner portfolio that includes some of the world’s most prominent lifestyle brands.

Susannah has familial connections with the racing industry - her Great Grandfather Daniel O’Mara and Grandfather Judge Eddie Broad were both previous Chairs of the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club.


The following key positions exist:

Chief Executive Officer | Brendan Parnell

General Manager Development and Construction | Steven Grimes

Chief Operating Officer | Adam Wallish

Chief Commercial Officer | Geoff Quinlan

General Manager Racing - Thoroughbred | Simon Stout

General Counsel/ Board Secretary | Tara Hastings

General Manager Corporate Affairs and Policy | Mary Collier

General Manager People and Performance | Michelle McConachy


Audit and Risk Committee


The role of the audit and risk committee is to provide assurance and assistance to the Board of Racing Queensland on risk, control and compliance frameworks, including Racing Queensland’s external accountability and responsibilities. The members of the Audit and Risk Committee are:

  • Steve Wilson – Board Chair
  • Max Walters – Board Member
  • Rick Dennis – Independent Member.  Mr Dennis is a chartered accountant with 35 years’ experience in commerce in Australia, Asia-Pacific and globally. Rick had over 30 years with global professional services firm Ernst & Young, where he held positions including Australian head of Corporate Restructuring, Queensland Managing Partner and Asia-Pacific CFO. After retiring from EY in 2015, Rick was appointed to a number of boards of Australian companies, including three ASX listed companies. Rick holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Queensland, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Chartered Accountants