Key People

Board of Directors

Mr Colin Brown

Chair

Now into his second 3 year term on the Board, Colin brings immense industry experience and passion through his many years of involvement from stable-hand to strapper, to owner, breeder and now owner of Mogumber Park Thoroughbred Stud and Vet Clinic, which he runs with his Equine Veterinarian wife, Dr Fiona Lacey. Colin also operates a consultancy business focusing on governance, management and strategy improvement for sport and recreational organisations.


Ms Paula Sullivan

Vice Chair

Paula is in her second 3-year term on the Board, and in June 2018 was appointed the WATC’s first female Vice-Chair in its 189-year history. Paula is a lifelong racing enthusiast and passionate long-term racehorse owner. Paula works as in-house legal counsel for a state government department, providing legal advice and services for a wide range of legal and operational areas. Paula brings vast legal and corporate knowledge and experience to the Board, along with her strong voice as a woman in racing, bringing diversity and better representation of the industry’s consumer base.


Prof. John Yovich AM

Managing Director

John is one of Australia's leading racing identities, and joined Perth Racing in August 2016 from RWWA, where he had been the General Manager Racing for 12 months and an independent director since 2013. As the head of RWWA's Racing Division, he was responsible for all racing operations in WA. A specialist veterinarian, he served as Murdoch University's President and Vice Chancellor for 10 years before joining RWWA. John has previously been on the WATC Board from 1994-98, where he was Vice Chair, and is now an ex-officio member as Managing Director of Perth Racing.


Mr Peter Gangemi

Director

Peter is in his final year on the Board of Perth Racing having served since 2010. He is the longest standing Board Member and has been a Club Member for 29 years. Peter has vast experience in the industry as a long term owner and past Committee Member of WAROA. Peter was a Certified Financial Planner of 32 years and the Managing Director of Super Smart Property Pty Ltd, specialising in Commercial Property syndication, but is now semi-retired and focusing his passions and experience on the future of thoroughbred racing in WA.


Dr Rod Lukatelich

Director


Rod has been involved in the ownership and then breeding of thoroughbred horses since 1972. He is a member of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (WA) and WAROA and has owned and operated a thoroughbred agistment facility in Baldivis between 1987 and 2007. Rod sits on the Boards and Advisory Committees of various environmental research organisations; spent 28 years working in the oil and gas industry and prior to this was an academic at UWA. Semi-retired, he now works part-time as an environmental consultant.


Mr Ron Sayers

Director

Ron has had a strong interest in racing his entire life and is the biggest owner of horses in WA. He runs the commercial thoroughbred business Yarradale Stud in Gidgegannup, where his family have lived since its purchase in 1996. They stand stallions, run a commercial band of broodmares and have shares in over 140 individual racehorses, with over 500 partners from all walks of life. He is recently retired from running the multi-national, billion-dollar company, Ausdrill, which he build from the ground up.


Ms Bronwyn Barnes

Director

With nearly 20 years' experience in the resources sector working for companies ranging from BHP Billiton to emerging juniors in Director, leadership and operational roles, Bronwyn brings a wealth of experience and success in project development, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement. Bronwyn has also held a number of board roles in organisations and member based entities in corporate governance, indigenous affairs, education and political life and brings a strong personal interest in racing to the Board.


Mr Guy Chalkley

Director

Guy has more than 30 years financial and operational experience across a diverse range of sectors, operating and residing in most continents around the world. A financially trained professional, specialising in bridging the gap between operational environments and financial numbers linking strategy to business as usual, Guy is currently the CEO of Western Power. Very people and customer focused, with a strong emphasis on team building and diversity, but crucially still listening and learning, Guy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role on the Board sharing the wider global perspectives.


Mr Chris Wharton AM

Director

Chris is the former CEO of Seven West Media WA. He was responsible for all Seven West Media assets in WA, including The West Australian, The Sunday Times and Channel Seven Perth, and in 2016 was awarded an Order of Australia medal (AM) in the Queens' Birthday honours for services to the print and broadcast industries and services to the community. Chris is on the Board of the West Coast Eagles, Gold Corporation and is Chairman of the publicly-listed Stealth Global Industries and is a passionate follower of thoroughbred racing.

Executive Management Team

Yasmeen Tahoune

Chief Financial Officer


Tony Favazzo

General Manager Hospitality and Event Operations


Louise Ardagh

General Manager Commercial & Marketing


Mark Worwood

Racing and Wagering Manager


Jan Homden

People and Culture Manager


Chris Nation

Racecourse Manager