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Victoria Racing Club appoints Wilson permanent chief executive

Neil Wilson: delivered last year's Melbourne Cup - won by Rekindling
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Victoria Racing Club has named Neil Wilson permanent chief executive after his successful spell in interim charge.

Wilson, who has owned horses – most notably Group 3 winner Chasm – joined the VRC board in 2012 and became honorary treasurer in 2017. He will remain a member of the board in his capacity as chief executive. 

Wilson said: “I am delighted to have the privilege of heading up the VRC. I look forward to building on the momentum of the past seven months to ensure we deliver on one of the most significant years in the VRC’s history, and position the Club for growth locally and globally.

“I would like to thank Amanda [Elliott, chairwoman], the board and the outstanding VRC team for their support and guidance during the interim CEO period."

Elliott said: “The board of the VRC and I are delighted to announce Neil as the new CEO.

“In his seven months as VRC interim chief executive Neil has made a very positive impact across the whole business. Amongst other significant outcomes he led the delivery of last year’s highly successful Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“Neil’s appointment will provide stability and continuity as Australia’s premier race club cements its long-term strategy, and evolves to position Flemington for the next generation and beyond. It’s an exciting time for the VRC, headlined by the opening of the new Club Stand later this year."

She added: “Neil’s private and public company experience as a CEO for over 20 years, his broad and detailed understanding of the global digital landscape, as well as his five years on our board as a director, are extremely valuable for the VRC.”


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I look forward to building on the momentum of the past seven months to ensure we deliver on one of the most significant years in the VRC’s history
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