Following last Friday’s Board Meeting of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), Chairman Amanda Elliott clarified the succession plan.
“As stated at our AGM in December, the Board has had a clear view of who should be our next Chairman for some time,” Mrs Elliott said.
“The Board decided on Friday that it intends to appoint Neil Wilson, our current Chief Executive Officer, as the next Chairman.
“However, because of the extremely challenging COVID-19 situation, and with stability and continuity being crucial at this time, the effective date of that baton change needs to be flexible.
“The VRC is not immune to the impact of this pandemic, which is why the Club announced its second stage measures on Friday. This was done to protect our business and our people, so that we can resume with a sense of normality and positivity when this situation is over.
“In the meantime, we are very grateful that Neil has extended his CEO contract in order to lead the VRC team through this precarious period.”
Mr Wilson was appointed to the VRC Board in 2012 and became Honorary Treasurer in 2017. He was appointed Interim CEO in 2017 and CEO in 2018. He has remained a member of the Club’s board in his capacity as CEO.
“I am deeply honoured and would like to thank the VRC Board for its support of me as next Chairman when the time is right. Until then my role will be to ensure the long term sustainability of the Club we all love, and to protect our people through these unprecedented times,” Mr Wilson said.
The recruitment of a new CEO is well advanced, and when COVID-19 is deemed under control, and the VRC can resume business as usual, the appointment will be formalised.
Mrs Elliott and Mr Wilson thanked the VRC team and all others who have been affected by the global pandemic.
“We are thankful to have such a dedicated and caring workforce, and want to take this moment to acknowledge them and all the other people in our community who have been affected by COVID-19.
“The tireless work being done by so many people on the frontline of this global pandemic should also be acknowledged.
“To the broader community our message is stay safe, adhere to the restrictions and look after each other.
“We look to the future with optimism, and hope that we can welcome everyone back to Flemington again soon.”