Amanda Elliott has held a series of leadership roles in the racing industry and in February 2017 was appointed the VRC’s first female Chairman in its 153-year history.
Amanda was elected to the VRC Committee in 2002, making her the second female committee member ever appointed. She went on to become the first female Vice Chairman in 2011 and has been involved in most areas of the Club. Enhancing the raceday experience at Flemington for members, the public and all participants has been important to her.
During her time on the VRC board, Amanda has been the VRC representative in serving the Australian Stud Book as well as a Director of Australian Genetics Testing. She is head of the Design Group for the new Club Stand and Chairman of the Steering Group during construction.
Amanda has a B.A. from the University of Melbourne and has extensive experience at the highest levels of administration of 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 VRC continues to be the world’s largest membership-based racing club in the world, and Flemington remains a leader by keeping the strategic focus on membership experience, a strong racing program and world-class facilities.
In 2018, Amanda received the prestigious Lady of Racing Award from the Victorian Wakeful Club in partnership with Racing Victoria. This award celebrates women who have made an outstanding contribution to the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.
Amanda is a passionate racehorse owner, actively involved in the sport of racing both in Australia and overseas. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, plays tennis and enjoys most sports along with an avid interest in interior design and fashion.
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.
Glenn Carmody has more than 27 years’ experience working with EY, a leading global professional services firm. He has extensive experience in the areas of governance and finance and holds a Bachelor of Business as well as being a qualified Chartered Accountant.
He has held a number of leadership positions with EY, including his current role of leading the Consumer Products and Retail market segment across Oceania. This role is commercially focused and includes responsibility for delivering current year revenue growth as well as implementing a strategy for future long term growth and sustainability.
Glenn is married with three children. He has a long term interest in the racing industry and has been involved as an owner of racehorses for over 20 years. He and his wife also put together an all-female syndicate of friends and colleagues to buy horses at the Magic Millions sales. He is a long-time member of the VRC and a member of the MRC, MVRC, MCC and the Collingwood Football Club. Glenn is also on the Foundation for Very Special Kids which cares for children with life threatening conditions.
Throughout his professional career Glenn has developed strong financial and commercial skills. His current role requires a detailed understanding of trends relating to customer experience. He brings all of these skills to the VRC to assist the Club in continuing its strong finance and governance focus, maximising its investment in world class infrastructure and providing the best experience possible for members and their guests.
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.
Ms Sophie Cornell was elected to the VRC Board in December 2015.
Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University and is a Solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria. Sophie brings Commercial, Marketing, Human Capital, Legal, Governance and Strategic Development experience to the Board. She spent 10 years in Hong Kong, working predominately with Korn Ferry International where her experience covered Asia wide Executive Search, business development, culture and leadership development, management recruitment process outsourcing, talent strategy and workforce design, with a Fortune 500 client base.
On Sophie’s return to Melbourne her interest in joining the property industry started with engaging in property and real estate related legal transactional work before joining Marshall White Real Estate to manage the industry-first Strategic Alliance Partnership between a leading Melbourne real estate business and a Big 4 Bank, NAB. Her experience covered legal contract negotiations, strategic development and working across with the Private, Retail, Business and Corporate Property divisions of the Bank and 4 businesses under Marshall White & Co.
Sophie then joined Juwai.com, the # 1 international real estate website for Chinese buyers overseas. Her role as Head of Development and Commercial covered building and managing a client base of some of Australia’s most successful real estate and property development businesses. Responsibilities covered product development and pricing strategy, sales, marketing, industry relations, governance, contract negotiations, and collaboration with property industry stakeholders across Australia to support growth strategy.
Her current role is as Executive Manager for PEXA, the Property Exchange of Australia, a business poised to swiftly reform the buying and selling of real estate, moving settlements into the digital era. Her role covers working with top tier law firms and property developers, State government Departments, Land Registries, Peak bodies, National revenue offices and sponsors on operations and policy, communications and stakeholder management as well as development, management and delivery of win-win commercial outcomes.
Sophie is the Chair of the VRC Community, Charity and Foundation sub Committee, which she is extremely passionate about as an extension of her Board role. This includes celebrating the history and tradition of the Melbourne Cup and our horse racing industry, deepening our philanthropic mission, and enhancing the Flemington & VRC brand whilst continuing a world leading membership experience for all VRC Members.
Sophie is a member of the MCC, Women of the MCC, the Carlton Football Club and is a proud mother to 5 boys.
Neil Werrett was appointed to the VRC Board in March 2018. Neil has extensive experience in the property industry and is currently CEO of Galileo Group and Director of Sakura Real Estate Funds Management. He founded Galileo Japan Funds Management Limited in 2006 has been involved in the assessment of business and real estate opportunities in Japan since 1998. In Australia, he has been involved in the development of major residential projects in Sydney and Brisbane. Neil was employed for 24 years at AMP Henderson Global Investors. He is a Certified Practising Valuer.
Neil has strong horse racing interests, most notably ownership in undefeated mare Black Caviar and her progeny Oscietra and Prince of Caviar. Snitzerland, Go Indy Go, Samaready and Scarlet Lady are among his other Group 1 winning broodmares.
He holds ownership interests in Gailo Chop, Vengeur Masque, Chauffeur, Performer and Sandbar, as well as horses in Ireland, Japan and France.
Neil is a part-owner of the highly successful Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley, which stands champion stallions More Than Ready, All Too Hard and Star Turn.
Dave Barham is a multi-award winning sports media executive and board director, known for innovating to set industry standards, advanced negotiation skills and leading teams to deliver commercially and critically successful major events and large-scale projects.
His key strengths are leadership, innovation, stakeholder relations, project management and change management.
Over a career spanning 35 years in television, including time with Network 10 and the Seven Network, Dave’s experience and achievements in all areas of this media field have been extensive. The positions he has held are: Head of Cricket, Seven Network (2018), Executive Consultant, Head of BBL and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix for Network 10 (2015 – 2018), Head of Sport, Network 10 (2011 – 2015), Head of Production, Network 10 (2010 – 2011) and Managing Director and Owner, AFL Films (1991 – 2010).
His career highlights are as follows:
Dave has been a consultant to the VRC and provided incredible guidance and support to the club for its transition to the new Melbourne Cup Carnival broadcast partner Network 10.
Dave has been a thoroughbred owner for nearly 20 years.
Vin Cox has an international profile with significant expertise in racing, bloodstock, thoroughbred sales, business development and strategic growth.
He is currently Managing Director of Godolphin Australia following seven years as Managing Director of Magic Millions, which saw the Queensland business become the largest thoroughbred auction business in Australia.
He was instrumental in establishing the Gold Coast Carnival and the $10m Magic Millions Raceday. He successfully negotiated a multi-million dollar grant with the Queensland Government, which increased tourism and brought economic benefits to the local economy.
He also managed the redevelopment of the Magic Millions Complex.
Prior to his time at Magic Millions, he set up and operated his own Bloodstock Consultancy for eight years, having completed 14 years with William Inglis as an Associate Director, Auctioneer and Bloodstock Consultant.
Vin was Chairman of the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers, where he led dynamic changes to include Hong Kong in the “Blue Book” for internationally recognised graded and listed races, while advancing Korea to be recognised for its Black Type racing.
He was the Australasian representative for Keeneland Association Kentucky USA (2003 – 2018) and currently serves on the Australian Pattern Committee in its various forms.
With horse welfare front of mind in the racing world, he recently joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group.
He has been a Committee Member for the Bligh Amateur Race Club since 1995, serving as its President from 2010 – 2014.
He is a current Director of the Alto Group (2006 – present).
Michael Saadie is an experienced banker with over 30 years of experience domestically and internationally. He held key roles at ANZ over 20 plus years across Institutional Banking, Wealth Management, Private and Corporate Banking. He was appointed Managing Director of ANZ’s Asian businesses in 2007.
He joined NAB in 2011 and was appointed General Manager NAB Corporate Australia with responsibility for all the major privately-owned companies and publicly listed ASX companies outside the ASX200.
In July 2014 Michael was appointed to lead the NAB UK & Europe operations with responsibility for NAB’s global lines of business in the United Kingdom. This included responsibility for the Corporate Institutional Business, Fixed Income Currency – Commodities, Structured Asset Finance, UK Commercial Real Estate as well involvement in the divestment of Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank.
On his return to Australia in February 2017 Michael was appointed Chief Risk Officer for Business and Private Banking and Consumer Bank.
Michael is currently Chairman of JBWere and Acting Group Executive Business and Private Banking and will take up a permanent role as Executive, Business Banking Metro Australia later in 2020.
Michael has been involved in racehorse ownership for over 30 years, along with interests in broodmares that supports his breeding interests.
Mr Neil Wilson was appointed as the VRC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in January 2018.
Neil has been a member of the VRC Board since December 2012 and was elected Honorary Treasurer in February 2017, ahead of stepping into the Interim Chief Executive role in June 2017. He remains a member of the Club Board in his capacity as CEO.
Neil is also a Director of the RSN Board.
Neil brings a strong commercial background and a deep understanding of digital strategy and information technology to the Club.
He has had over 25 years’ experience in Information Technology working in corporate roles and as a founder of his own business (Charter Wilson) which was acquired by ASX listed company Oakton, a leading technology services company which employed over 1,200 people. Neil was the Chief Executive Officer of Oakton for nine years until it was acquired by Dimension Data in 2014.
Neil is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Neil has had racehorse ownership and breeding interests for more than 20 years.
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