VRC Vice Chairman Amanda Elliott

Mrs Amanda Elliott - Chairman

Amanda Elliott was elected to the VRC Committee in 2002, the second female committee member in 140 years.  In 2011 she became Vice Chairman making her the first  female executive office holder at the VRC. She has served as VRC representative of the Australian Stud Book and Director of Australian Genetics Testing, and is currently in charge of the Design Group for the proposed new Club Stand, as well as a member of the Masterplan sub-committee, Grounds and Gardens, and Disciplinary committees.  Amanda is a Director of a family pastoral company.

Amanda has a B.A. from the University of Melbourne, and extensive experience in sport, business and politics. She comes from a family with a long history of thoroughbred racing, breeding and administration.  Her father was also Vice Chairman of the VRC, and a long standing Committeeman of the Club. Her respect for the heritage, history and traditions of the VRC is extremely important to her.

Amanda is committed to ensuring the future of the VRC as the best race club in the world, and Flemington as the best racecourse, by keeping the strategic focus on the following important areas:

  • Membership – rights, privileges, assets and value for money
  • the racing program – quality racing and prize money
  • facilities – world class venues and customer experience 
  • the promotion of Flemington – both here and overseas 
  • influence and leadership in racing industry matters
  • a healthy balance sheet.

Amanda, a passionate racehorse owner and former breeder, plays tennis, enjoys most sports, interior design, and fashion.


Mr John O’Rourke - Vice Chairman 

Mr John O’Rourke was appointed to the VRC Board in November 2011. John is the founder and Chairman of Plenary Group, an international property infrastructure investment company, specialising in public-private partnerships.

Plenary Group controls a portfolio of some 30 infrastructure projects under development and operating contracts with Federal and State governments across Australia, Canada and the United States. These include the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

John is a lifelong racing enthusiast. He is a member of all the metropolitan race clubs and has current ownership interest in 15 horses.

As a Board Member, John is committed to maintaining Flemington’s deserved reputation as Australia’s premier racing facility. He is also keenly aware of the enormous contribution that the Melbourne Cup Carnival makes to the

Victorian economy, and hopes to see further leverage of the VRC’s investment in the event, for the benefit of our Members and all those in the industry who live and breathe racing.

John is married with three children. Outside of racing he is a keen follower of all sports, in particular golf, cricket and the Richmond Football Club.

VRC Director Neil Wilson

Mr Neil Wilson - Hon. Treasurer 

Mr Neil Wilson was appointed to the VRC Board in December 2012. Neil brings a strong commercial background and a deep understanding of technology.

Neil has had over 25 years’ experience in Information Technology working in Corporate roles, as a founder of his own business and in his current role as the Chief Executive Officer  of Oakton, a leading technology services company which employs over 1,200 people. Up until November 2014, when the company was acquired by Dimension Data, it had been listed on the Australian Stock Exchange since 2000.

Neil is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

As a Board Member, Neil is committed to ensuring that the VRC members and patrons continue to access and enjoy the outstanding facilities and services that the club provides today and in the future with a particular focus on ensuring that the club leads on the adoption of contemporary technology and digital solutions that are relevant for our current and emerging members.

Neil has had racehorse ownership and breeding interests for over 20 years.

VRC Director Peter Fekete

Mr Peter Fekete

A Member of the VRC Committee since 1999, Mr Fekete has enjoyed an extensive 30-year career as a Chartered Accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, specialising in audit and corporate advisory services, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

With a vast range of expertise and industry specialisations in the areas of transport, infrastructure, property, engineering and construction, Peter has greatly assisted the Club in the management of its finances.

Peter is a close follower of horseracing, a passion that heads a number of recreational interests outside his profession. Peter also enjoys skiing as well as playing a game of tennis every now and then. He is also a keen follower of Australian Rules football, being a passionate supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.

To ensure that the VRC remains one of the best clubs in the world, Peter's major focus is to work towards making a substantial contribution in the finance area to guarantee that our club remains financially strong: "This will, in turn, enable us to provide our Members with world-class facilities, services and racing."

VRC Director Katherine Bourke

Judge Katherine Bourke

Katherine L Bourke was elected to the VRC Committee in July 2004.

After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws Degree, she worked as a solicitor for five years and for 19 years she practised as a barrister at the Victorian Bar. In December 2007, she was appointed a judge of the County Court of Victoria.

Her main areas of practise were personal injuries and administrative law including racing appeals representing both stewards and licensed persons in the various codes. Her racing experience has involved owning and breeding horses and between 2000-2007, she was the Chairman of the Bookmakers and Bookmakers Clerks Registration Committee.

During her term on the Committee, Katherine would like to ensure that as Club Membership grows, infrastructure and services are maintained. She also believes that care must be taken to balance the needs of new Members with the expectations of established Members who have contributed for years to the strength and profile of the Club. Outside of her work and racing, Katherine's main interest is the Hawthorn Football Club.

VRC Director Elisa Robinson

Ms Elisa Robinson

Ms Elisa Robinson was elected as a Director of the Board in May 2011 and re-elected in December 2013. At the age of 29, she was the youngest Director ever elected in the 150 year history of the VRC as well as making her only the fourth ever female Board Member and first of Asian descent.

Elisa brings senior executive level commercial and legal expertise to the Board with significant experience in construction, engineering, procurement, infrastructure projects/PPPs, utilities / telco, technology, finance and corporate advisory and strategy. She is currently Senior Counsel – Energy Management for General Electric (GE) International across Australia and New Zealand.

Her previous senior leadership roles include General Manager – Commercial Structuring and Implementation for the National Broadband Network (“nbn”), General Counsel of Programmed FM, Senior Legal Counsel at UGL Limited and Corporate & Project Finance Lawyer at Minter Ellison. Elisa commenced her career in FMCG Marketing, Sales and Online Retail for over 6 years with Gillette, Cadbury Schweppes, Mars and Coles Online. She completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University and, in early 2017, she will graduate from Melbourne Business School with a Masters of Business Administration.

As a Board Member, her goal is to continually improve Members' facilities, privileges and rights through ensuring the VRC maintains a strong financial position and leverages its reputation as a world leader in horseracing and significant contributor to the Victorian economy through the Melbourne Cup Carnival. She is driven to uphold the interests of all Members including the Club's history and traditions, and contributing to the long-term growth of the VRC through her membership of the Flemington Masterplan Sub-Committee and further development of the Flemington Festival of Racing.

Aside from being a passionate VRC member, racehorse owner and breeder, Elisa is a member of the Geelong Football Club and Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club and her interests include spending time with family (she is married with 2 young sons), travel, food, wine, property, art, fashion and sports. She is also passionate about and welcomes opportunities to champion gender equality, diversity and youth, having spoken at a number of conferences and events. More recently, she has been pursuing her interest in digital media and retailing through being Founder and CEO of One Grange Road.

Michael Ramsden

Mr Michael Ramsden

Mr Michael Ramsden was appointed to the VRC Board in December 2012. Michael brings a strong background in corporate finance and in working with a broad range of companies across many industries.

Michael, a qualified lawyer, also holds a Bachelor of Economics, is the Managing Director of Terrain Capital Ltd and is a Chairman of several public companies.

As well as a strong finance background he brings to the Board a strong racing background to assist the VRC to maintain its preeminent racing position.

His father, Andrew Ramsden, was a former Chairman of the VRC from 1998-2003.

Michael has had racing and breeding interests for many years.  He currently has interests in approximately 50 horse including Chautauqua, He’s Your Man and The Offer.  

Ms Sophie Cornell

Ms Sophie Cornell was appointed to the VRC Board in December 2015.

Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University, has worked as a consultant in Hong Kong and is currently Head of Finance and Client Services at Marshall White Real Estate.

A passionate racehorse owner, Sophie nominated driving interest in both the sport and business of horseracing and recruiting young members amongst her objectives.

Simon Love

Simon Love – Chief Executive Officer

Simon Love was appointed Chief Executive of the club on 28 May 2015. Prior to this Simon held the position of Executive General Manager – Corporate Finance and Strategic Initiatives. 

Simon has a diverse range of strategic and operational experience and expertise predominantly gained within the leisure and entertainment industry. This includes extensive work in strategic corporate business development including three major Australian M&A transactions: Star City (1999), Jupiters (2003) and Tab Limited (2004) and the post-merger integration of Jupiters and Tab Limited into the Tabcorp Holdings Group. 

Previously CEO of Maxgaming in New South Wales (then a division of Tab Limited) Simon has also lead international greenfield and business turnaround projects with Tabcorp Holdings Limited and Crown Resorts. These included major casino/hotel development projects in Singapore, Philippines, United States, United Kingdom and Central Europe. 

Since commencing at the club in 2010 he was charged with the delivery of a multi-million dollar technology transformation, government relations, procurement, management of the finance function plus execution of the VRC’s ongoing property masterplan. 

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