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Board Members

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

Rob Rorrison - Chair

Following a long career with Macquarie Group in Australia and Asia he currently works as a Senior Adviser at Taylor Collison. He has served on the Board of a number of companies in Australia, North America and Asia and is currently Executive Chairman of Climate Capital, and a Non-executive Director of Hong Kong based Baiyin International Investments.

Brett Dixon - Deputy Chair

Brett has been on the board of the Darwin Turf Club since 2002 and was elected as 12th Chairman of the Darwin Turf Club in 2008, following 3 years as Vice-Chairman. He is the Director of several successful companies and brings significant business and leadership credentials to the role of TRSA director. Brett has a passion for thoroughbred racing and has been involved in breeding horses for the over 15 years.

Frances Nelson QC

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

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.

Cos Cardone

Cos Cardone is the Chief Executive Officer of McGuire Media -  one of Australia’s largest independent producers of sport and sport entertainment for Australia’s leading FTA and PAY TV Networks.

He has been a Director of the Port Adelaide Football Club since 2012 and is Chairman of the Club’s Brand and Marketing Committee.

He was previously Director of Sport and Head of Entertainment for the Nine Network Australia.

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.

Stephen Watts 

Stephen is an experienced accountant and Partner at Tilbrook Rasheed where he provides expert services in areas including management, strategic planning, taxation and equity funding advice.

He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He is currently a part-owner of 10 racehorses and was a previous owner of the legendary Rebel Raider.

Matt Lloyde

As National Manager of Sales, Marketing and Innovation for the division responsible for the Lysaght and Fielders brands at BlueScope Steel, Matt brings significant experience in delivering on business strategic projects.

He has served on the boards of numerous high-performance sporting organisations including Netball South Australia and the World Tennis Challenge Tournament.

Timothy Stokes

A director with Deloitte’s Legal and Tax practice, Timothy works with some of Australia’s largest and most complex companies, family groups and not-for-profit organisations to help them navigate the full spectrum of their tax affairs.

He holds a Masters of Law (Taxation) from the University of Melbourne and has significant industry experience, having provided advice to both Racing Victoria and Harness NSW around the structure of their broadcasting and wagering activities.