Key People

Perth Racing Board of Directors 2019

Perth Racing's Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Mr Colin Brown


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.

Dr Rod Lukatelich


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


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.

Mr Evan Stewart


Evan has had an ongoing interest in horses over a long period, having shares in many horses with his friends, being a member of WAROA and an avid race goer. A trained psychologist, his experience includes over 30 years involvement with the Sport and Recreation Industry here in Australia and overseas. This has included working at the Western Australian Institute of Sport and the Malaysian Sports Institute, the Department of Sport and Recreation, for the Minister of Sport and Recreation and now as the Deputy CEO of Basketball WA. He has held a number of Board roles in member based organisations.

Ms Bronwyn Barnes


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


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


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

CFO & General Manager Business Services

Tony Favazzo

General Manager Events & Operations

Chantelle O’Sullivan

General Manager Marketing & Membership