Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) recently detailed the reconstitution of its Integrity Sub-Committee, announcing five members of the new GRV Integrity Council (GRVIC) further emphasising the commitment to integrity within the sport of greyhound racing in Victoria.
The Integrity Sub-Committee has been operational since 2010 and will be reconstituted in-line with Government recommendations for each code to set-up an Integrity Council to provide independent oversight of each of Victoria’s racing codes’ integrity assurances.
Three independent members will sit on the Integrity Council along with two GRV Board members with the positions to be reviewed on a three-year basis.
Rick Harley will Chair the GRVIC following extensive experience on the GRV Integrity Sub-Committee, having been Chair of that Committee since 2011. Mr Harley has more than 23 years’ experience in Sales and Marketing from his work at Cadbury Schweppes and was a GRV Board Member from 2002-2006.
Joining Mr Harley on the GRVIC as independent members are Mr Brett Clothier, who has been the Manager of Competition Integrity at the Australian Football League (AFL) since 2008, and Dr Ray Ferguson who was the principle Veterinarian at the Monash Veterinary Clinic for 35 years. Both Mr Clothier and Dr Ferguson served on the Integrity Sub-Committee.
“GRV’s commitment to integrity has been consistently highlighted in recent years with millions of dollars allocated to the detection of prohibited substances” – GRV CHAIRMAN PETER CAILLARD
GRV Board Members Geoff Miles and John Tripodi complete the five-person GRVIC.
The GRVIC will meet monthly – or as directed by the GRVIC Chairman – and in addition to providing independent oversight of GRV’s integrity assurances will provide advice to the GRV Board on integrity related matters and liaise with the Racing Integrity Commissioner and Integrity Councils from both Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).
GRV Chairman, Peter Caillard, said the establishment of Integrity Councils for each code of racing was a very important step to enshrine integrity assurances throughout the whole racing industry.
“GRV is pleased to be part of the establishment of Integrity Councils for each code,” Mr Caillard said “integrity is one of the most important focuses of racing and adding this independent oversight to existing integrity practices will further enhance racing’s reputation.
“GRV’s commitment to integrity has been consistently highlighted in recent years with millions of dollars allocated to the detection of prohibited substances as well as the introduction of out-of-competition testing and the freezing and storage of samples.”
GRV is committed to integrity to ensure the public’s trust in the product of greyhound racing leading to the continuing success of the sport.