Friday, April 19, 2024

New Chair for NSW greyhound racing board

Four new directors have been appointed to the Greyhound Racing NSW Board, NSW Minister for Gaming and Racing, David Harris, announced today.

Barrister Adam Casselden SC has been selected as chair and will be supported by experienced board members, Paul Gentle and Louise Wakefield, as independent directors. Gregory Johnson has been appointed to the board as an industry participant director.

Legal practitioner Rebekah Giles has been reappointed as both deputy chair and an independent director.

Minister Harris said each appointment was a 1-year term which would commence on 23 September 2023.

“These appointments mark a new era for Greyhound Racing NSW; the new board will continue to build on transparency, accountability and animal welfare standards set by the previous board,” Mr Harris said.

“All members were chosen through a rigorous and independent merit-based process. I look forward to the contributions of these members in shaping the future of greyhound racing in NSW.”

The new and reappointed directors will join two existing directors on the board – Matthew Waring and Kevin Gordon.

Mr Harris thanked the outgoing directors for their commitment to Greyhound Racing NSW and the industry, particularly outgoing chair John Williams.

“I thank John for his long standing commitment to the greyhound racing industry in NSW, and for his stewardship of Greyhound Racing NSW over many years.”

He said the incoming board members brought with them a wealth of experience in law, regulatory investigations, and funds management.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting a competitive, responsible and sustainable greyhound racing industry, with the highest standards of animal welfare,” Mr Harris said.

“We are providing the resources to support reforms within the industry, with a strong focus on track upgrades and welfare improvements.   

“It is important that the governing bodies and senior leadership of the racing codes meet the highest standards of integrity.  

“I look forward to working with the board to ensure it has appropriate governance, integrity and probity frameworks in place.”

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