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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 more than 45 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 and numerous outdoor spaces able to host events of all occasions 7 days a week.

The club has a membership of around 1500, 7 Board Members and employs 52 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 – Chairman

Bob Holton was elected to the SAJC Board in November 2015, elected as Chairman in January 2020 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.

 

Steve Kelton – Vice Chairman

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.

 

John Keen – Deputy Vice Chairman, Chair of Risk & Governance Committee

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. John has owned racehorses since the early 90’s and rehomes retired racehorses 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.

 

John Girvan

John was reappointed to the Board in May 2020 to fill a casual vacancy.

John is a regular attendee at Morphettville with his wife Allie and baby boy Augustus (Augie).  As an avid racegoer, he has a passion for thoroughbred racing and is an owner of several horses.  He has a Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Adelaide and has worked in a variety of roles in the defence industry both in Australia and the USA for the past 20 years.

To complement his technical knowledge John is finalising a Masters of Business Administration in 2020 which will help underpin his professional experience with sound conceptual knowledge.

John brings enthusiasm, leadership and a commitment to excellence to the SAJC Board.  His knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the opportunities this has to drive efficiencies in a modern-day workforce will be an asset to the Board.

John is passionate about the membership, sustainability and success of thoroughbred racing at Morphettville.

 

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.

 

Judith Jones

Judith was elected to the Board in May 2020 to fill a casual vacancy.

Judith currently consults to Local Government in South Australia, specialising in governance.

She has significant experience in the racing industry and was a Board Member of Thoroughbred Racing SA for three years, Chairperson of the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club for five years and a member of the South Australian Racing Clubs Council for four and a half years.  Was a joint proprietor of a large education and pretraining centre for thoroughbreds, and breeds and races thoroughbreds.

She was previously Chief Executive Officer of The Barossa Council for ten years, Acting Chief Executive Officer for a number of Councils as well as the East Waste Management Authority and a Board Member of Zero Waste SA.

 

Paul Kristoris – Chair of Finance, Investment and Audit Committee

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.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer – Grant Mayer
Chief Financial Officer – Michael Cox
Commercial Operations Manager – James Sellar

Hospitality Operations Manager – Brad Johanson
Executive Chef – Mark Cooper

Venue Manager – Trevor Greig

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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