September 20, 2016
Following the retirement of Michael Crismale as Chair of the Australian Turf Club, the Club’s Board has elected a new Chair and Vice-Chair.
Mr Laurie Macri and Mrs Trish Egan have been elected as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.
A successful businessman and passionate racehorse owner, Mr Macri acknowledged the significant contribution of Michael Crismale in enabling the Club to be in a position to ensure the future of racing in Sydney is guaranteed.
“I am honoured to have been elected by my colleagues as Chair and thank Michael for his leadership and service to the best racing club in the country,” Mr Macri said.
“This Board has achieved much since it formed in February 2015 and it’s an honour to be charged with continuing to drive positive financial performance, enabling us to deliver superior Member engagement, contemporary industry infrastructure and outstanding racing so all industry stakeholders benefit.
“Ultimately, as a Board we wish to attract more people to our great sport, in whatever capacity.”
As the newly elected Chair, Mr Macri welcomed the election of Trish Egan as Vice-Chair, noting that despite it being the most senior administrative role for a woman in the history of the Club, the appointment is reflective of contribution and merit.
“Following a successful career in consumer marketing and communications both here and abroad, Trish was appointed to the Board in February 2015 and has worked hard to support the Club since then, bringing a unique perspective to Board deliberations,” he said.
Mrs Egan said: “I love racing and thank my fellow Board directors in their support of me. It’s been great working with Michael as Chair and I look forward to working with Laurie and my fellow Directors to deliver the Board’s charter to protect the future of racing in Sydney, and am excited about the opportunities we have been afforded to ensure this in the long-term.”
ATC Members will be asked to vote to replace Mr Crismale’s position on the board at the Club’s annual general meeting at Rosehill Gardens on 24 November this year.
Current ATC Board Member Bill Evans will also nominate himself for re-election, with the ATC Board endorsing his candidacy to ATC Members.
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