Club Menangle Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Chairman / Director
8 years a Director – Chairman 2 year. Director of NSW Standardbred Re-homing Company; Chairman of Australian Pacing Gold Ltd; Representative on NSW Harness Racing Industry Consultation Group; Delegate to Harness Racing Australia; ex officio Member of all Club Menangle workgroups; Former Chairman of the Inter Dominion Harness Racing Council; Former Member of Harness Racing NSW; Former Member of the NSW Harness Racing Regulatory Authority.
Alex Smith AM
Deputy Chairman / Director
3 years a Director – Deputy Chairman. Over forty years’ service in NSW public sector, with final appointment as Deputy Director General, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Former Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Tribunal and former Chair, State Emergency Management Committee. Alex’s final appointment was to the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet as Deputy Director General. Alex was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to public administration. Alex continues to provide consultancy services to the NSW public sector as Chair and members of various Audit and Risk Committees, including NSW Parliament and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Former member of Harness Racing NSW and is currently a member of Harness Breeders NSW and the NSW Owners Association. Director NSWHRC Syndications. Chairman of the CEO Review workgroup; Member of the Racing and Racing Facilities workgroup; Chair of the Finance and Risk Management workgroup; Member of the Infrastructure and Asset Management workgroup.
William Ellis OAM
Executive Director / Director
6 years a Director – Executive Director. Medal of Order of Australia in the general division for service to harness racing; Journalist (Consolidated Press 1964-1972; News Limited 1972-2008 including Olympic News Team 2000 and editor harness racing content, Daily Telegraph); Trainer-driver 1969-2007 with A-Grade licences from 1975; Foundation member, NSW Harness Racing Media Guild and President from 1990-2008; Member former Harness Racing Advisory Council 1996; Advisor to NSW Harness Racing Appeals Tribunal since 2012; Recipient of the HRA Meritorious Service Award; Director of Australian Pacing Gold; Chairman of the Media and Communications workgroup; Member of the Events, Promotions and Club Services workgroup; Member of the CEO Review workgroup. Member, NSW Standardbred Owners’ Association; Alternate Delegate to Harness Racing Clubs Committee.
28 years a Director. Chairman (2013-2019). Deputy Chairman (2007-2013). Executive Director (2001-2007). Licensed conveyancer; Hospital Scientist; Bachelor of Science; Diploma of Law; former delegate to Harness Racing Australia; former Director of Racingcorp Pty Ltd; Director NSWHRC Syndications; Former representative Harness Racing Industry Consultative Group; Member of the Finance and Risk Management workgroup; Member of the Media and Communications workgroup; Member of the Menangle Country Club workgroup.
4 years a Director. Currently the General Manager of Cordina Chickens with decades of experience in senior corporate management. Lifetime of involvement in the harness racing industry as an owner, breeder and administrator. Current racing administrative involvement includes, Vice-President NSW Standardbred Owners Association, former committee-member NSW Trotters Association and former Director NSW Standardbred Sales. Also an active member of Harness Breeders NSW and Harness Breeders Victoria. Delegate for Harness Racing Clubs Committee; Director NSWHRC Syndications; Chairman of the Racing and Racing Facilities workgroup; Member of the Events, Promotion and Club Services workgroup.
Second Year as a Director – Appointed 30 January 2021
Currently the Principal at Success Stud, Young NSW, a family owned business with over 53 years of experience in equine breeding.
Previously held roles in retail management, public relations and media.
Member of the Racing and Racing Facilities Work Group, Infrastructure and Asset Management Work Group and the Media and Communications Work Group.
First year as a Director.
Owner operator of the Best in Beds business with stores located in the Macarthur and Illawarra regions.
Industry involvement as an owner, breeder and sponsor.
Chief Executive / Company Secretary
Chief Executive & Company Secretary – Appointed 1st September 2014. Former Operations Manager (2004-2014) and Financial Controller (1994-2004) – NSW Harness Racing Club; Former Secretary Australian Pacing Gold (2004-2009); Former Assistant Financial Controller Westpac Travel (1991-1994); Director of Racingcorp Pty Ltd; Secretary NSWHRC Syndications; Member of the Finance and Development work group, Member of Marketing, Catering and Events work group; Member of Media and Communications work group; Member of the Horse & Jockey & Registered Club workgroup.