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Board Members

Thoroughbred Racing SA is controlled by a seven-member Board of Directors. They are as follows:

Frances Nelson QC - Chair

A leading figure of this States’ legal establishment, Frances has been Chairman of the Parole Board of South Australia since 1983.

Frances rode trackwork to put herself through university, has competed as an amateur jockey and has won several feature races as a trainer. She has also chaired two major inquiries into South Australian racing and the betting industries.

Frances was Deputy Chair of Racing Australia from 2014 to 2016 and Chair of Racing Australia from 2016 to 2019. During that period she was Vice Chair of the Asian Racing Federation and still serves as the nominee of that body to a sub committee of the International Association.She continues to attend Executive Council of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities where she is a Member of the Governance Review Committee

She currently chairs the Australian Pattern and Development Committee and the National Jockey Welfare Committee.

David Rasheed - Deputy Chair

David is one of the founding partners of Tilbrook Rasheed and has more than 20 years experience as a Chartered Accountant.

A Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, David provides business and taxation advice to a wide range of small and medium size businesses.

Judith Jones

Judith currently consults to Local Government in South Australia, specialising in Acting Chief Executive Officer roles and governance.

She has significant experience in the racing industry and was Chairperson of the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club for five years and a member of the South Australian Racing Clubs Council for four and a half years.  Was a joint proprietor of a large education and pretraining centre for thoroughbreds, and breeds and races thoroughbreds.

She was previously Chief Executive Officer of The Barossa Council for ten years, acting Chief Executive Officer for a number of Councils as well as the East Waste Management Authority, and a Board member of Zero Waste SA. 

Steve Kelton

The Kelton family has been closely involved with racing for more than 70 years. Steve joins TRSA having served 6 years as a Board member of the SAJC.

Steve’s background is in the executive management of education and training.  He works part time as a consultant specializing in leadership development and change management.  He is active in Vinnies and as a member of State Council provides leadership and coordination in the Southern Region.  He is a Justice of the Peace working in Courts and in the community.

Iain Evans

Iain is a former Racing Minister and worked with Racing to abolish the Government Racing Boards and establish industry based Boards. He served in the State Parliament for 21 years including 5 years as a Minister.  He was Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition .

Prior to politics he operated a family retail and building business. He now works as a Company Director and is Chair of Lenswood Cold Stores Co-operative Ltd and on the Citrus Australia Board.

Grant Harrison

Grant is the former General Manager of the SATAB (8 years) having been employed there for 25 years.  He has a Bachelor of Business and Associate Diploma of Marketing from University of South Australia.  He is a member of the Australian Institute of company Directors.

Grant also has extensive experience in sports administration having been on the Gymnastics Australia Board for 12 years, the last three as President.  He has also been a Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee and is a current Director of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.  He was a Board member of the Southern Football league for 5 years and Chairman of Gymnastics South Australia for 10 years.

Julie Ryan

Julie Ryan is an experienced legal counsel and company secretary, with a particular interest in governance and strategy. She is currently the CEO of Retail Drinks Australia, the national industry body representing the rights of off premise liquor retailers. Before joining Retail Drinks, Julie was a director of the Winemakers Federation of Australia, and on the executive management team of a global wine company where she had a broad responsibility covering global legal services, government affairs, company secretarial and risk.