Whilst Pinner is handing over the reins of Chair he will continue to serve the Club as their representative on the RWWA Thoroughbred Racing Committee.

Pinner to hand over reins at Perth Racing

Perth Racing Chairman Neil Pinner has today announced his retirement from the board of Perth Racing and as Chair of the club. Whilst Mr Pinner will step down as Chair of Perth Racing and as a board member, he will continue to serve the club as its representative on the RWWA Thoroughbred Racing Committee.

Mr Pinner said that now was the appropriate time to hand over the reins at Perth Racing given that the club had become profitable this year after some challenging financial years.

Long term club member and successful horse breeder Colin Brown was elected unopposed as Chair of Perth Racing yesterday afternoon.

Mr Brown thanked Mr Pinner for his Chairmanship of the club since 2016 and for his commitment as a board member since 2014.

Mr Brown said “The Masters, which has been running for two years now, has been arguably the most successful innovation at Perth Racing for many years and Neil certainly deserves a lot of the credit for that.”

Mr Pinner said “I have enjoyed working with the many dedicated staff and board members at Perth Racing and together we have achieved a number of goals that will set the club up for the future.” 

“The renegotiation of the club’s multi-million dollar broadcast and media rights was something that we achieved as a board in the last couple of years that will have a long term and lasting financial impact on the club. I am very pleased to have played a significant role in those negotiations.”  

Perth Racing’s longest serving board member and Deputy Chair, Peter Gangemi has also retired from his position of Vice Chair and long term race horse owner and lawyer Paula Sullivan was elected unopposed to that position.

Mr Gangemi said: “I am not intending to leave the Perth Racing board just yet as there are still a number of projects that I am keen to see come to fruition. I do however think that Paula will make an excellent Vice Chair and that the club will be well served by an entirely new and fresh leadership team.”

“My statutory board tenure runs out in about a year and so the time is also right for me to now hand over my role as Vice Chair.”

Ms Sullivan will become the first female Vice Chair of the club in its history.

Perth Racing Managing Director Professor John Yovich thanked Mr Pinner and Mr Gangemi for their service and welcomed the new leadership team.

“We’ve had some really strong years of positive change and growth at Perth Racing and I want to thank Neil for his unbridled enthusiasm and passion for the Club over the many years,” Professor Yovich said.