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Chief Executive Officer – Greyhounds Australasia

Chief Executive Officer – Greyhounds Australasia


Greyhounds Australasia (GA) comprises representatives from the jurisdictional controlling bodies in Australia and New Zealand. The charter for GA is to support these jurisdictions via encouragement of a National / Regional approach to the Australasian greyhound racing industry. GA provides its stakeholders with value-added services and practices that support industry integrity, animal welfare and helps optimise returns ensuring a sustainable future for the industry.

GA is the governing and national rules body for Greyhound Racing in ANZ ensuring effective regulations, integrity and success of the sport, maintaining the highest standards on and away from the racetrack. GA is committed to the very highest standard of sports governance.

Greyhounds Australasia (GA) has a strategic vision for the Greyhound Racing industry to be vibrant, sustainable and a recognised world-leader in animal welfare and racing integrity.  Following a 2019 review and strategic planning process they have a strategic plan incorporating five core pillars;

  1. Building Community Confidence
  2. Drive National Uniformity
  3. Lead Sustainable Growth
  4. Facilitate Innovation and Best Practice
  5. Enhance Organisational Capability

Chief Executive Officer

The CEO will report to the Chairman and Board of Directors and will lead and deliver the strategic plan. This is a key leadership position that will best promote and represent the interests of GA in the racing, government and wider communities. The CEO role will require the highest level of integrity and transparency in promoting industry development and providing advice, guidance and support to the Independent Chairman and Board. This is high profile role with significant responsibility, but with a small head office team it is important to note that it is ‘hands-on’ in delivery and proactive with all GA Partners.

The CEO is responsible for the day to day administration of GA, its core reporting requirements on behalf the industry as well as  designing and implementing approved policy and leading the management of a number of committees in addition to ad hoc projects – often with agency or consulting partners – for the improvement of the industry for all members and partners.

The CEO is the primary spokesperson for the organisation, acting as an Ambassador for Greyhound Racing and leading stakeholder management across all state and national governing bodies, media, government, wagering bodies, international racing authorities and in public relations and communication.GA is a National Governing Body and the CEO must recognise and respect the responsibilities of the State and Clubs / Tracks in the delivery of Racing.  Importantly, this is forward looking role that will promote and support the Board and Member bodies and deliver on the 2019 Strategic Plan to renew and reinvigorate the industry.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and stakeholder management across a complex member-based organisation. 
  • Develop Board Policy / Strategy, identify and manage issues and develop appropriate policy and advocacy methodologies.
  • Bring exceptional communications skills; act as an Ambassador for Greyhound Racing cross all Media platforms.
  • Support the Chair in Government Relations and Corporate Affairs. 
  • Provide leadership of a culture of best practice for the Greyhound Racing industry in Governance, Operations, Legal & Risk Management.
  • Enable an environment of positive Customer & Relationship management.
  • Skilled in Board and Member Reporting. Leading robust financial control and commercial development.
  • Understand the priorities of the Racing and Wagering industry. 
  • Manage significant projects that impact and support the development of best practice.

Key Requirements

The ability to operate across a complex stakeholder management will be critical to the success of this role. As such the successful candidate will possess exceptional communication skills, demonstrating a proven ability to build consensus. They will also be resilient and have the ability to build relationships at all levels of the industry from Government bodies to Owner and Member Organisation staff.


  • High level leadership skills in a complex environment
  • An understanding of government operations
  • Advocacy skills
  • Demonstrated Policy development
  • Ability to manage public presentations and media opportunities
  • Ability to work closely with jurisdictions to maximise the achievement of the Board’s strategic plan
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • An ability to chair and act as secretariat for respective sup-committees


  • Proven record leading similar sized membership based organisations
  • Understanding of relevant legislate requirement pertaining to management of an organisation (i.e. financial, industrial, legal)
  • Understanding and appreciation of the environment within which the racing codes operate
  • Demonstrated experience in corporate governance and risk assessment / management
  • Managerial and administrative competency

How to Apply

With offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, London, Switzerland, Munich, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Boston and New York, SRI is the leading search firm dedicated to the constant and growing demand for executive and management talent in sport, media and entertainment.

We are proud to be the exclusive partner in this search with Greyhounds Australasia.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please send your CV along with cover letter before Friday 30 August 2019 to Jonathan Harris at jharris@sriexecutive.com or call 0413 939 993.

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