Balcombe appointed NZTR COO

13 June 2022

NZTR CEO Bruce Sharrock has announced the appointment of Darin Balcombe to the role of Chief Operating Officer – Racing & Infrastructure (COO).

Balcombe joins NZTR after filling several leadership positions within the industry, most recently being the CEO of Hawke’s Bay Racing Incorporated.  While at HBRI he has also acted as the Chairman of the newly formed Central Districts Club Hub.

Prior to this Balcombe spent four years as a Stipendiary Steward with the RIU, the predecessor of the Racing Integrity Board.

“Having been immersed in all aspects of the New Zealand racing industry for the past 20 years, Darin has developed a unique understanding of our industry,” NZTR CEO Bruce Sharrock said.

“This, coupled with his skills and experience I believe will enable Darin to transition successfully into this role.”

“Darin is looking forward to being able to apply his wealth of industry knowledge and leadership experience and I am looking forward to the contribution he will make to our operation,” Sharrock said.

Balcombe’s remit will be strongly focused on Racing and Infrastructure where he will work closely with the National Racing Bureau, Education, and Welfare teams.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to make positive change in the industry on a national level and driving improvements in the Racing and Infrastructure portfolio to maximise returns for all our participants,” Darin Balcombe said.

Balcombe will move into the new role over the next few months as he supports Hawke’s Bay Racing Incorporated while they seek his replacement.

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