Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Chairman Bernie Carolan has welcomed the announcement today by the Victorian Minister for Racing, the Hon Martin Pakula, of two important appointments to the GRV Board and significant term extensions for existing Board members.
Ms Peita Elkhorne and Mr Robert Greenall have been appointed to the GRV Board for three-year terms, while two current Board members Ken Lay and Judith Bornstein have had their initial one-year terms extended by a further two years.
Mr Carolan said the GRV Board could now focus on emerging from recent challenges and establish the direction for a vibrant, sustainable and welfare-oriented industry.
“The announcement means that the GRV Board is now fully constituted and has committed to lead the greyhound racing industry through a critical period over the next three years,” Mr Carolan said.
“Ms Elkhorne and Mr Greenall are welcome additions to the Board and we look forward to their contribution to the future direction of the industry.”
Ms Peita Elkhorne is a former director of the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (MGRA), which runs The Meadows facility. Ms Elkhorne has previously been involved in the industry as a greyhound owner. She has extensive experience in business development, marketing and management and is currently a director of Xcelerate Consulting.
Mr Rob Greenall is a registered veterinarian who has worked for over 25 years in private practice and in various roles across the public sector. Mr Greenall has a Masters degree in Veterinary Studies and is highly experienced in strategic project leadership, management and evaluation. Mr Greenall is currently the Managing Director of AgVet Project Pty Ltd.
“I am sure the addition of Ms Elkhorne’s industry knowledge will be welcomed by participants across the greyhound racing industry,” Mr Carolan said.
“Mr Greenall’s animal welfare and ethics experience fulfils a key recommendation of the Chief Veterinary Officer’s report: that the board include a member with such a background.”
Mr Carolan said the GRV Board also acknowledged the brief, but crucial, role that Mr Ray Gunston played in bringing the greyhound racing industry, and the organisation, through a very difficult time in early 2015.
Mr Gunston was appointed to the role of Chairman of the GRV Board in March 2015, along with Ken Lay and Judith Bornstein, who were appointed as Board members. He has since taken up a senior executive role with the AFL and subsequently stepped down as Chairman in July, 2015.
“I wish to thank Mr Gunston for remaining on the board until September while I commenced my Chairmanship,” Mr Carolan said.
“His assistance in that process has been extremely valuable and, on behalf of the industry, I would like to thank him for his strong leadership over the past six months,” Mr Carolan said.
The fully constituted GRV Board will meet for the first time this week.
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