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South Australia's Premier Racing Club

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.

Meet The Team

Board Members

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.

 

Bob Holton – 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.

 

Paul Kristoris – Deputy Vice Chair

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.

 

Bodelle Francis 

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.

 

Christine Simpson

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 Glenn

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.

 

John Caruso

John was elected to the Board at the AGM held on 29 November 2018.

 

John Keen

John was elected to the Board on 30 November 2019. His father was the Secretary/General Manager of the Club from 1964 to 1981 when it was the controlling body of racing in this State and he was instrumental in the South Australian TAB being established. John first became a Young SAJC Member in 1980 and has been a member of the VRC since 2011. He has had limited success as a racehorse owner but intends to persevere  to find a “good one” which will most likely be trained by Leon McDonald and Andrew Gluyas. John has done some equestrian riding and has two horses on his farm at Yankalilla.

John is a Commercial Litigation lawyer of 35 years’ experience, having practised in London and Adelaide. John holds a Master of Laws and has served on the board of the Legal Services Commission as well as being a member and Chair of several Law Society committees over the years.

 

Steve Kelton

Steve was elected to the Board at the AGM held on 30 November 2019. He held Executive positions in TAFE and Education, has worked as a Consultant in Education, Training and Leadership here and overseas. He now does extensive voluntary work with Vinnies and also as a JP in Courts and in the community. He is a regular racegoer and part owns a number of horses.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer – Grant Mayer
Chief Financial Officer – Michael Cox
Marketing Manager – Luke Schapel
Partnership Manager – James Sellar
Executive Chef – Mark Cooper

Venue Manager – Trevor Greig

Racecourse Operations Manager – Ian Ricardo

Club Constitution

The South Australian Jockey Club Constitution is the system of fundamental principles according to which the SAJC is governed.

Strategic Plan

Vision

“Vibrant and unique entertainment at Destination Morphettville” 

Mission

We are a venue of choice for events and conferences and South Australia’s home of thoroughbred racing.

Goals

PEOPLE AND CULTURE
To be an engaged and vibrant workplace where all our people provide a positive contribution.

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
To identify and understand all our stakeholders and to increase business because of our reputation in the community.

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
We will operate in a commercially focussed manner to be driven, sustainable and profit focussed.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
We will work to ensure that our customers become our biggest advocates.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Provide a dynamic high performance environment where all our people contribute to our future success.

Growth Agenda

A relentless focus on growing a financially robust sustainable Club.

Club Values

Accountable, Respectful, Collaborative, Positive.

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