Now into his third (and final) 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 co-owner of Mogumber Park Thoroughbred Stud, 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.
Paula is in her third 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.
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 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 and is a member of the Northern Territory EPA.
Brent was elected by Perth Racing members in October 2022 to serve as a Non-Executive Director for three years. He is an experienced public relations consultant who is active and well-connected in Perth’s business and public sector community. Deeply committed to the future of Western Australia, Brent also serves as a City of Perth Councillor. He has experience chairing the Policy & Legislation Committee, the Audit & Risk Committee, in addition to representing Perth on Tamala Park Regional Council and the Development Assessment Panel. He has previously worked at NBN, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and the Chamber of Minerals & Energy.
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 Endeavour Energy. 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.
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.
Elected in October 2021, Peter became a member of Perth Racing in 1975, at the age of 18, and has been a passionate supporter of racing ever since. He has been involved in breeding successful horses and owned horses for over 25 years. A Registered Psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counselling, he has extensive experience in workplace rehabilitation and services relating to improving Mental Health, and is Executive Chair of his own company – a leading provider of NDIS, Workplace Rehabilitation and Psychology services. Peter also has extensive Board experience in the workers’ compensation and IT fields, as well as previously serving as a Councillor on the City of Stirling, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Carol Adams OAM brings to Perth Racing an extensive and distinguished background in the local government sector as well as strong legal, governance and strategic planning experience. A past board member of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and several professional and not for profit and voluntary associations, Carol will place a strong community and stakeholder engagement lens over the board’s strategic direction and decision making.
Jo Davies has over 30 years’ experience of working and volunteering in the sport and recreation industry at local, state, national and international levels. She is currently General Manager, Community Cricket at the WA Cricket Association and a member of the National Community Cricket Leadership Team. She is a Director of East Perth Football Club and was formerly Chair of East Perth District Development Council.
Chief Executive Officer
A former amateur steeplechase jockey in Great Britain, James has a deep and personal appreciation of what it means to be a front-line participant in the sport of thoroughbred racing.
His career has been entirely built around the sport of horse racing, having worked in racecourse management for The Jockey Club, after which followed seven years at the principal racing authority in Great Britain (The British Horseracing Authority). He was then involved in the creation of British Champions Series (BCS) and British Champions Day (BCD), becoming Operations Director for BCS & BCD responsible for the delivery of Britain’s most valuable raceday, held at Ascot, for nine years.
During the last few years of that, he was also appointed Managing Director of Great British Racing International, the industry organisation responsible for the promotion of British horse racing internationally as well as generating inward investment into GB racing and bloodstock.
He has also been Managing Director of ANZ Bloodstock News, part of the Spotlight Sports Group.
James has a track record of negotiating high-profile sponsorship, broadcast and media contracts as well as leading integrated marketing and digital campaigns, coupled with wide ranging experience in working with commercial, sporting and government organisations. An accomplished relationship builder, he is well practised at operating in complex stakeholder environments and has extensive experience in delivering strategic projects.
He is very fortunate to have experienced high class horse racing around the globe, including in Britain, Ireland, France, Sweden, Italy, Dubai, Qatar, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
He is passionate about the thoroughbred itself; believing that these animals are the cornerstone of a multi-billion-dollar global industry and their welfare, and the promotion of their unique abilities, are a fundamental necessity if the sport is to flourish.
Away from horse racing and work, James is dedicated to his family (a father of two young daughters) and has a love for all sport. He’s an occasional triathlete/runner, a passionate snowboarder and (when time allows) an avid reader.
Chief Operating Officer
As the longest serving member of Perth Racing’s Executive Management team, Tony first worked as a casual in the Ascot Racecourse car park in 1990 and worked across most departments, including Food & Beverage supervisor of Tentland at only 18, while completing a Bachelor of Business with a Double Major in Hospitality and Marketing at Edith Cowan University. Tony became a full-time employee in 2001 and joined the Club's executive group in 2005.
As the current COO and Club Licensee, Tony oversees the operations of The Club and his role is crucial to facilitating the development of the Club in the best interests of all major stakeholders, as well as liaising with Stakeholders such as the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor and Police prior to all major events. Tony has a Company Directors Course Diploma and has been appointed Perth Racing’s Acting Chief Executive Officer on three occasions during his tenure.
Chief Financial Officer
Jason is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience across both Australia and the United Kingdom. His strong commercial acumen and hands on approach has enabled him to successfully partner with senior leadership teams across various businesses as a trusted adviser, delivering tangible positive commercial outcomes. Jason is a long-term passionate racing enthusiast, having owned numerous racehorses over the past 20 years.