The South Australian Jockey Club is proud to be South Australia’s largest, and premier racing club, playing host to 58 days of racing action throughout the year at Morphettville Racecourse.
In addition to racing on a weekly basis, Morphettville is a multipurpose venue featuring 22 function rooms able to host events of all occasions 7 days a week.
The club has a membership of around 2000, 9 Board Members and employs 70 permanent and up to 400 casual staff. These staff are spread throughout administration, catering, ground staff, race day casuals and the Club’s external entertainment venue, The Junction.
The business and affairs of the South Australian Jockey Club are decided upon by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are appointed by election and meet once a month or more often if deemed necessary.
Bodelle Francis – Chair
Bodelle has been a member of the SAJC since 2002 and was elected to the Board in 2011. She has been involved with racing from a young age through her family’s, Finniss Lodge Thoroughbreds. Currently General Manager of the Francis Group, Bodelle oversees all facets of the business for five hotels. Prior to rejoining the family business, she worked in a number of international hotels interstate including Hyatt International and Mirvac Hotels & Resorts.
Graduating with a Bachelor Degree in International Hotel Management from ICHM, in 2007 she was awarded the Australian Hotels Association’s National “Young Hotel Manager of the Year”. Bodelle is also a board director for the ICHM College Council and SipNSave (LMG SA). Bodelle is passionate about the future of racing in South Australia and hopes to combine this passion with her business expertise to strengthen the position of the SAJC.
Bob Holton – Vice Chair
Bob Holton was elected to the SAJC Board in November 2015 and has been a member for more than 20 years.
Bob has a long association with racing and was a licensed bookmaker for 26 years. For 8 years he was the Chairman of the South Australian Bookmakers’ League and represented SA in National Conferences. He and his wife Chris part own a number of racehorses and greatly enjoy the thrills and friendships involved.
Bob was the Managing Director of successful retail lighting businesses for 37 years. He is determined to use his lived experiences in racing and business to work cooperatively with other Board Members to promote the best interests of members and stakeholders.
Tony Newman – Deputy Vice Chair
Tony has been a member of the SAJC since 2003 and was elected to the Board in 2009 where he has held executive positions including three and a half years as Club Chairman. A lifelong lover of thoroughbred racing, he races horses with family and friends. Prior to retiring from full time employment Tony enjoyed a distinguished career with Mitsubishi Motors where he held senior executive positions in Finance, Supply, Sales & Marketing and Information Technology.
Away from racing Tony is Chairman of Alzheimer’s Australia, South Australia and Vice President of Alzheimer’s Australia.
Chris has been a member of the SAJC since 2003 and was elected to the Board in 2009. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1977. He is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience specialising in industrial and workers compensation matters from employers. He has been a partner at Thomson Playford and Donaldson Walsh. He is currently a consultant for national Law Firm Sparke Helmore Lawyers. He has also had extensive management experiences as Deputy Register of the District and other Government positions. He is a trained mediator and has qualifications in training and management and occupational health and safety.
Chris is a passionate racehorse owner with a number of wins in recent times.
Kevin was a successful jockey in Melbourne for 15 years and served on the Victorian Jockeys Association for 9 years, becoming President of that Association before retiring in 1980. He held a top training licence in Victoria successfully training there to serving as Vice-President of ATA Victorian Branch and also President of the Cranbourne Trainers Club creating the Crambourne Training Complex.
He has attended race meetings in South Australia for 16 years and been a SAJC member since 2003. Kevin is looking forward to his first term as a SAJC Board Member.
Christine has been a member of the SAJC for over 20 years and was elected to the Board in 2016. Christine is passionate about racing and rarely misses a Morphettville meeting. Her interest in racing comes from a long family history in the sport. Her Great Great Grandfather was a trainer and her Great Grandfather a jockey. Christine currently races horses with Richard and Chantelle Jolly.
Christine has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and is currently the Deputy Principal at St Aloysius College, an all girls’ school from Reception to Year 12 where her principle responsibilities are the welfare of 1300 students and 150 staff. In this role, she is part of strategic planning, financial management, human resources management, marketing and infrastructure planning and projects. Christine brings all these experiences and skills to the SAJC Board.
Adam was elected to the SAJC Board in November 2017. He has a lifelong interest in horse racing, has been a member of the SAJC since 2009 and races horses with friends and family. Away from racing, Adam has over 12 years’ experience with the State Government in Administration, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Contract Management and Health Care Administration. Adam is also the Treasurer of the Christian Brothers Old Collegians Football and Netball Club.
Adam aims to represent the views of the young member category and provide racegoers with an enjoyable race day experience.
Paul has been a member of the SAJC since 2001 and was elected to the Board in November 2017. He is the Executive Chairman of Leader Computers, a national IT distributor that employ 120 people with an annual turnover exceeding $100 million. Paul has Accounting qualifications and a strong commercial and Information Technology background.
Paul’s Industry affiliations include past Chairman of SAROA (SA Racehorse Owners Association) and past Chairman of the South Adelaide Football Club.
Paul is a passionate racehorse owner and breeder. Along with his partner, Suzie is a regular attendant at Morphettville races.
John was elected to the Board at the AGM held on 29 November 2018.
Chief Executive Officer – Grant Mayer
Chief Financial Officer – Michael Cox
Manager – Operations – Rob Heinjus
Marketing Manager – Luke Schapel
Partnership Manager – James Sellar
Executive Chef – Mark Cooper
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PEOPLE AND CULTURE
To be an engaged and vibrant workplace where all our people provide a positive contribution.
To identify and understand all our stakeholders and to increase business because of our reputation in the community.
We will operate in a commercially focussed manner to be driven, sustainable and profit focussed.
We will work to ensure that our customers become our biggest advocates.
Provide a dynamic high performance environment where all our people contribute to our future success.
A relentless focus on growing a financially robust sustainable Club.
Accountable, Respectful, Collaborative, Positive.