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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 function rooms and numerous outdoor spaces able to host events of all occasions 7 days a week.

The club has a membership of around 1,200, 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.

Judith Jones – Vice Chairman

Judith was elected to the Board at the AGM on 15th December 2020 after filling a casual vacancy from May 2020.  She was elected as Vice Chair in December 2021.

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.

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 elected to the Board at the AGM on 15th December 2020 after filling a casual vacancy from May 2020.

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.

Christine Simpson

Christine was reappointed to the Board in December 2020 and has previously served a three year term on the Board from November 2016 until November 2019.  She has been a member of the SAJC for 18 years.

Christine is passionate about racing and attends Morphettville almost every Saturday.  Her interest in racing comes from a long family history in the sport.  Her Great Great Grandfather was a trainer and her Great Grandfather was a jockey.  She currently races horses with Richard and Chantelle Jolly.

She has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and has been the Deputy Principal at St Aloysius College for 23 years.  St Aloysius College is an all girls Catholic school from Reception to Year 12 where she was responsible for the welfare of 1,250 students and 130 staff.  In this role she was part of strategic planning, financial management, human resources management, marketing and infrastructure planning and projects.  She brings all these experiences and skills to the SAJC Board.

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.

Ron Pratt

Ron was reappointed to the Board in December 2020 and has previously served a three year term on the Board from November 2014 until November 2017.  He has been a member of the SAJC for 38 years.

Ron has previously been Chair of the Risk and Governance Committee from 2016-2017 as well as a Member of the SAJC Constitution Working Party in 2020.

Ron was CEO of Wimmera Racing from 1995 to 2000 and HR Manager at Racing Victoria from 2000 to 2004.  Ron’s extensive racing experience was concurrent with a career as Teacher, Principal and consultant throughout South Australia.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer – Grant Mayer
Chief Financial Officer – Michael Cox

Chief Operations Officer – Jason Bird

General Manager – People, Culture & Strategy – Sheree Lowe

General Manager – Racing & Facilities – Shane Collins
Development Manager – Neil Anderson
Executive Chef – Joel Cugley

Club Constitution

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

Strategic Plan

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