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GRV Leadership Team

Alan Clayton

Alan Clayton PSM – Chief Executive Officer

(Commenced August 2015)

Alan has held a range of senior executive positions for over 20 years in Commonwealth and State Government departments, principally in the Justice, Health and Welfare portfolios. He was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer for Court Services Victoria, directed the Victorian Government’s Gambling Licences Review, chaired the State Disaster Recovery Committee for 10 years, was the Operations Director for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and managed major organisational reforms and complex large scale projects for the Victorian Government including five Public Private Partnership projects.  Alan has an MBA and Bachelor of Economics and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1999.

Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw – Chief Operating Officer - Corporate Services

(Commenced November 1988)

Robert is a qualified accountant (CPA) having over 25 years’ experience in managing GRV Finances.  He has assisted GRV to grow its annual budget from $1.6 million to over $75 million. In 2007 Robert completed an MBA at Swinburne and has director roles at Vic Racing Pty Ltd and also Racing Products Pty Ltd. He has prior accounting experience in hotel, clubs and also banking.

Dr. Gavin Goble

Dr Gavin Goble – General Manager – Animal Welfare

(Commenced June 2016)

Gavin is an experienced veterinarian with particular expertise in racing greyhounds, spending over 15 years in veterinary clinical practice. He has attended over 500 greyhound race meetings as on-track veterinarian, both in New Zealand and Victoria. In addition he has spent over 13 years in senior management roles, with both a strong strategic and operational focus, most recently as Australian General Manager of Gribbles Veterinary Pathology.

Stuart Laing

Stuart Laing – General Manager – Racing, Wagering Partnerships & Business Development

(Commenced July 2014)

Stuart joined GRV in July 2014 after 20 years in thoroughbred racing with Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria where he held senior management positions in Marketing, Business Development, Strategy and Wagering. Stuart has successfully led business growth initiatives including domestic and international wagering optimisation, the marketing and promotion of the Spring Racing Carnival and major events, digital media expansion and the co-ordination of major media partnerships for the racing industry. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (Organisation Dynamics).

Louise Martin

Louise Martin – General Manager – Strategic Communication and Marketing

(Commenced December 2015 )

Louise has held a range of executive and senior communications roles across the Victorian Government, advising Premiers and Cabinet Ministers and senior executives and leading teams in areas including strategic campaigns, issues and media management and major events.

Her previous positions include Director of the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Strategic Communication & Protocol Branch, Director of Strategic Communications at the Department of Justice and Deputy Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations at the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Before joining the Victorian Government, Louise ran her own public relations consultancy and  worked as an editor and journalist for organisations including the ABC, WIN, The Age, Women’s Weekly and regional newspapers.

Louise has chaired the Victorian Fire and Emergency Committee and been a member of the Commonwealth Bravery and Order of Australia Committees and the Victoria Law Foundation Board and has a Masters of Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Business Management.

Shane Gillard

Shane Gillard – General Manager – Integrity

(Commenced August 2016)

In a career spanning 20 years Shane has worked in engineering, training, management and leadership across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, logistics, construction, recruitment as well as in recreation & hospitality. Shane’s most recent role was at WorkSafe Victoria as the Head of Operations & Emergency Management where he was responsible for more than 180 officers that enforce the occupational health and safety laws in Victoria.

Shane has qualifications in business management, training, safety, inspection/investigation, governance and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also holds the position as Board Chairman of the Bully Zero Australia Foundation.

Terri Benfield – General Counsel

(Commenced September 2015)

Before joining GRV, Terrie held a number of positions within the Department of Education, including Director, Major Projects and Director, Information & Knowledge Management and Manager, Commercial and Property Law. She has also held senior legal positions with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and the Gambling Licences Review and Transition Project. Terrie holds an Executive Masters of Public Administration, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce.

Donna King

Donna King – General Manager – People & Culture

(Commenced May 2013)

Appointed to GRV in 2013, Donna is a Generalist HR practitioner with broad experience in both strategic and operations management of HR.  Donna has held HR Management positions across public sector and private organisations which include HR Operations Manager at AMES and HR Manager at MIVF.

Craig Armstead

Craig Armstead – General Manager – Club Development & Member Services

(Commenced June 2014)

Craig joined GRV in 2014 following business management roles in the sports and entertainment industry with the Geelong Cats (AFL), South Dragons (NBL) and TABCORP Wagering. In addition to these, he has held senior Marketing positions with international companies Mars, Mattel toys and Simplot foods.