Board

The Independent Board of HRNSW took office in February 2012, as per the "Harness Racing Act, 2009."

Chairman

 

 SMITH, Rodney Graham

Current Chairman of the HRNSW Board, Mr Smith has more than two decades of experience in the corporate finance sector and business ownership in the motor retail sector. Breeding, racing and administrative involvement in the harness racing industry, with roles including former Treasurer of Bathurst Harness Racing Club and Vice President of the NSW Owners Association. Mr Smith joined the Board in 2012.
Mr Smith was re-appointed in February 2016 for term of four years.

 

Directors

 

BROWN, Ken AM

Current member of the HRNSW Board, Mr Brown has intimate knowledge of the racing industry having  been involved in all three codes through his various capacities but most particularly as the Director General NSW Department of Gaming and Racing from 1995 to 2006.More recently Mr Brown served as a Board Member of Racing NSW and as a member of the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.

Mr Brown was appointed in May 2017 for a term of three years.

  

NUGENT, Peter Brendon

Current member of the HRNSW Board, Mr Nugent has been involved in harness racing as an owner, breeder and committee member since 1975. Former Board Member of Bathurst, Dubbo, Forbes and Gilgandra Harness Racing Clubs.
Mr Nugent was appointed in December 2016 for a term of two years.

 

 

DIMARCO, Marissa

Admitted as a legal practitioner in 2003, Ms Dimarco was formerly a partner in a national law firm before joining her current law firm as a director and shareholder.  Ms Dimarco is a commercial and corporate lawyer with expertise in the resources industry. She was also the recipient of the Hunter Business Chamber Young Achiever of the Year Award in 2009.
Ms Dimarco has been involved in harness racing as an owner and breeder. She has also held memberships with Harness Breeders NSW, Standardbred Owners Association, Hunter Valley Association and Newcastle Harness Racing Club.
Ms Dimarco was appointed on 4 December 2017 for a period of 10 months.

 

 

Election of Chairman

The position of Chairperson will be vacated and declared open in February each year or at the completion of any 12 month term as Chairperson. The incumbent Chairperson may stand for re-election.

How Directors are Appointed

The HRNSW Board is selected by the Racing Minister in accordance with the Harness Racing Act 2009 which states:

  1. HRNSW is to consist of 5 members appointed as follows:
    1. 5 members recommended for appointment by the Selection Panel under section 7 and appointed by the Minister to give effect to the recommendation of the Selection Panel, unless the appointment is to fill a casual vacancy under paragraph (b),
    2. the appointment of a member to fill a casual vacancy (a vacancy in the office of a member occurring other than by reason of the completion of the member’s term of office) is to be made by the Minister on the nomination of HRNSW.
  2. A person is not eligible to be a member of HRNSW if the person:
    1. is an employee of a harness racing club, or
    2. is a member of the governing body of a harness racing club or eligible industry body, or
    3. is registered by or with HRNSW under this Act, or
    4. is registered or licensed by or with GRNSW under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009, or
    5. holds a licence issued by Racing New South Wales, or
    6. is currently, or during the previous 10 years has been, warned off, disqualified or named on the Unpaid Forfeit List under the rules, or
    7. during the previous 10 years has been convicted in New South Wales of an offence that is punishable by imprisonment for 12 months or more, or convicted elsewhere than in New South Wales of an offence that, if committed in New South Wales, would be an offence so punishable, or
    8. is an undischarged bankrupt or is taking advantage of the laws in force for the time being relating to bankruptcy, or
    9. is a mentally incapacitated person.
  3. A person is not eligible to be appointed as a member of HRNSW if the person is a member of the Selection Panel at the time the Selection Panel makes its recommendation for the appointment concerned.
  4. A person is not eligible to hold office as a member of HRNSW for more than 8 years in total (whether or not involving consecutive terms of office).
  5. While a person is a member of HRNSW, any entitlement of the person to vote as a member of a harness racing club or of an eligible industry body is suspended.
  6. Schedule 1 contains provisions relating to members of HRNSW.     

To view the Harness Racing NSW Board Code of Conduct click here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMITH, Rodney Graham

More than 21 years of experience in the corporate finance sector and business ownership in the motor retail sector. Breeding, racing and administrative involvement in the harness racing industry, with roles including former Treasurer of Bathurst Harness Racing Club and Vice President of the NSW Owners Association. Rodney Smith joined the board in 2012.

Mr Smith was re-appointed in February 2016 for term of four years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMITH, Rodney Graham

More than 21 years of experience in the corporate finance sector and business ownership in the motor retail sector. Breeding, racing and administrative involvement in the harness racing industry, with roles including former Treasurer of Bathurst Harness Racing Club and Vice President of the NSW Owners Association. Rodney Smith joined the board in 2012.

Mr Smith was re-appointed in February 2016 for term of four years.