Chief Executive Officer - John Dumesny

Division Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Office reports to a five-person Board and is responsible for the day-to-day management of Harness Racing NSW in accordance with the Harness Racing Act 2009.

In summary these functions include the control, supervision and regulation of harness racing in NSW; the registration of clubs, horses, owners, trainers, drivers, bookmakers and any other persons associated with harness racing; the initiation, development and implementation conducive to strategic development; the distribution of monies received as a result of commercial arrangements including the Totalizator Act 1997; and the allocation of race dates.

The Chief Executive is also responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Strategic Plan including formal consultation with the Harness Racing Industry Consultation Group (HRICG) and other stakeholders in addition to maintaining and fostering key external relationships.

Executive Background

John has a long and distinguished career in Harness Racing. He commenced with the NSW Harness Racing Club in 1988.
He has been Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Harness Racing Club since 2004, prior to that he was the Racing Manager from 1988 to 2004.

Chief Operations Officer - Reid Sanders

Division Responsibilities

The Manager Integrity & Chairman of Stewards is responsible the management of the Stewarding, Integrity, Licensing and Registrations and the Racing departments, which incorporates the Stewards, Integrity Officer, Investigators, Regulatory Veterinarian, Handicappers and Racing office staff.

HRNSW is required to protect the integrity of harness racing, manage the safety of participants and ensure adherence to the Australian Rules of Harness Racing through the implementation and enforcement of a regulatory regime.

The Licensing and Registrations division provides a range of services such as the issues of licenses to participants, changes and transfers of horse ownership, registration of horses and sires.

The Racing Office is responsible for all operations that relate to the production of race fields for registered Harness Racing Clubs in New South Wales. Their tasks include loading of nominations (via internet, phone or fax), loading of race programs, acceptance of race results, updating TAB Scratching & Driver changes, production / distribution of media and race day related files, loading of stable returns and all Harnessweb enquiries.

The office is also responsible for the production of trial fields and trial results for certain race clubs. The staff consists of Handicappers and an Administration Officer.
The Handicappers have a thorough knowledge of the Australian Handicapping Rules and the NSW policies that relate to Racing Office operations. All policies are applied in a consistent manner with integrity.

The principle focus of a Steward is to act as a regulatory officer for NSW harness racing tasked with ensuring that the integrity of racing and the reputation of harness racing is maintained and enhanced through the development, implementation and enforcement of local and national rules, regulations and policies in connection with Harness racing.

Executive Background

Reid began with HRNSW on 1 August 2011, having previously held senior racing Integrity positions in Macau, New Zealand and Queensland. He commenced his career in thoroughbred racing in 1994 in Queensland, and has continued to work his way up the ranks there and become the Chief Stipendiary Steward in 2005. In 2009, he held the position of Integrity Manager with Thoroughbred Racing New Zealand prior to his role as Director of Racing and Chairman of Stewards of the Macau Jockey Club.


Manager - Commercial Services - Peter Carney

Division Responsibilities

The Division is responsible for the administration of funding arrangements with Tabcorp and wagering operators, payment of funds to clubs and the management of the Industry Racecourse Development and Benevolent Funds which are administered on behalf of the industry by Harness Racing NSW.

In addition, the Division manages the Centralised Stakes Payment System through which prizemoney and other payments are made to participants on behalf of all clubs.

Administration of other finance-related functions such as the collection of fines, licensing and registrations revenue, and management of the Unpaid Forfeits List is also undertaken by the Commercial Services Division. Information technology services, which are outsourced, and administration of industry leases, insurance and commercial agreements/operations and HR administration are other responsibilities falling into the remit of the Division.

Executive Background

Peter has been working for HRNSW since August 2008. Prior to this he worked for over 30 years in the financial services industry in a range of roles.

Before joining HRNSW Peter was the Finance Director / Company Secretary of a listed global IT company after having spent six years creating and underwriting financial risk products. In the years prior to 1997 he held financial controller positions at a number of large financial services institutions including a listed insurance company, an investment bank, a savings bank and a Building Society.


Manager - Racing & Product Development - Adam Fairley

Division Responsibilities

The Manager – Racing & Product Development role includes; scheduling of the race dates calendar, policy writing, stakeholder liaison with Clubs, Trainers, Drivers, Owners, Breeders, Punters and Fans, Capital Projects Administration, Plant & Equipment purchasing, Seminar Planning, Managing Racecourse Development Fund Expenditure, Overseeing the NSW Breeders Challenge and Business Analyst (turnover, horse population, participation etc).

Executive Background

Initially employed at the Primary Industry Bank of Australia as an Administration Officer the role provided the perfect office all rounder experience required to transition into a Handicapper in 1997.
Having served as a Handicapper for 6 years the opportunity arose to take on the role of Racing Manager with Harness Racing NSW when the Commercial & Regulatory functions of the harness racing industry were split in 2004.

Following a 3 year stint an opportunity arose with Harness Racing QLD in 2008 as their Chief Handicapper, a role which he held for over two years before being employed as the Albion Park Harness Racing Club General Manager.

In late 2010 Adam was approached by Harness Racing NSW to assume the role of Projects Manager to work alongside the Chief Executive on various issues. That role eventuated in early 2011 and in mid 2011 he was reassigned the role of Manager – Racing & Product Development. In all Adam has been employed in the Harness Racing industry for 17 years.