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Nominations for members of the New Zealand Racing Board

Nominations for members of the New Zealand Racing Board

Nominations for members of the New Zealand Racing Board (1 April 2015)

Nominations are sought for the Independent Chairperson and two independent member positions arising on the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) governing body.

The NZRB oversees a multi-million dollar industry. Members must have the expertise and experience to occupy a senior governance role.

Nominees should have:
  • a good knowledge of, or expertise in, the racing industry, and/or
  • expertise in business, marketing or economics.
Nominees will be asked to declare whether or not they foresee a potential conflict of interest (either real or perceived) that might arise should they be appointed to serve on the NZRB.

Nominees should be aware that information relating to their nomination will become public information; for example, a brief biography of nominees will be compiled and released to racing industry organisations for consultation.

For each nominee, a completed nomination form (linked below) and up-to-date curriculum vitae are required.

Nominations should be submitted to the following address by 30 April 2015.

Racing Private Secretary
Office of Hon Nathan Guy
Parliament Buildings

If you have any further inquiries, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs on (04) 494 5789.

Nomination Form

Complete nomination forms and accompanying documentation are to be submitted
by 30 April 2015.

Fact Sheet

Current membership of the New Zealand Racing Board

Glenda Hughes, Independent Chairperson

For the past 25 years Glenda has run her own highly-regarded communications and media strategy company, providing strategic communications counsel to many of the country’s most high-profile business and political leaders and sportspeople. She is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and the Parole Board.

Greg McCarthy, New Zealand Thoroughbred member

From the racing heartland of Cambridge, Greg McCarthy is a director of Sutton McCarthy Limited, a consultancy that provides strategic, financial and treasury advice to corporate and other clients. A Chartered Accountant, Greg is a director of Click Clack Limited and Rangatira Forests Limited. Greg has been active in the thoroughbred industry for more than 20 years as a breeder and racehorse owner. Greg has a BCA in Economics and Commercial Law and is a Chartered Accountant. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Rural Studies.

Rod Croon, Harness Racing New Zealand member

Owner of ECM Music (1995-2005) and Lifestyle Sports (1991-94), Rod Croon was appointed to the Board in August 2012 as harness Code nominee. A standardbred breeder and owner, Rod has served as Chairman of Northern Harness Racing (2008-2012) and is currently President of the Auckland Trotting Club. He has also served as Chairman and Director of the New Zealand Sire Stakes Board.

Mauro Barsi, New Zealand Greyhound Racing Association

Mauro Barsi is the Membership and Marketing Manager at the Employers and Manufacturers Association. He also holds the position of EMA's Corporate Counsel and served the EMA as manager of its Conferences and Sponsorship Business Unit. Previous to the EMA Mauro had substantial employment relations experience as an employment relations litigation practitioner and as an in-house ER/HR consultant. Mauro has worked for large corporate entities and smaller boutique enterprises.

Graham Cooney (on recommendation of a nomination panel)

Graham Cooney has been Chairman of Rugby Southland since 2008 and a director since 1998 and previously served as a director and deputy chairman of the Highlanders. He is also a founding director and Chairman of Blue Sky Meats Ltd and Chairman of the Southern Institute of Technology. He lives in Invercargill. Graham was appointed to the New Zealand Rugby Union Board in April 2010.

Alistair Ryan (on recommendation of a nomination panel)

Alistair Ryan has extensive corporate and finance sector experience in the listed company sector in New Zealand and Australia. During a 16-year career with SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited through to 2011, Alistair has been a member of the senior executive team, holding the positions of General Manager Corporate, Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. He has also served as a director of various SKYCITY subsidiary and associated companies. Prior to SKYCITY, Alistair was a Corporate Services Partner with international accounting firm Ernst and Young, based in Auckland. Alistair is a qualified Master of Commerce (Honours) from Canterbury University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Company Secretaries. Alistair is also a director of Kingfish, Marlin Global and Vision Senior Living.

Barry Brown, Independent member - LLB (Hons)

Barry Brown is one of New Zealand’s leading corporate lawyers and has advised on many of the country’s biggest deals over the past 30 years. Barry joined Chapman Tripp in 1972 and became a partner in 1980. Barry is a Senior Partner in Chapman Tripp's corporate and commercial team, which advises New Zealand and multi-national clients on mergers and acquisitions, as well as securities law. During his time with Chapman Tripp, Barry has been Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner of the firm’s Wellington office. Barry is a member of the Auditor Regulation Advisory Group of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a former member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange’s Market Surveillance Panel.

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