Russell Warwick has been appointed as a Director Elect of the NZTR Board.  Photo: Supplied

Russell Warwick to Join the NZTR Board

6 May 2024

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) Members’ Council has appointed Russell Warwick as a Director Elect of the NZTR Board, effective 1 August 2024.

Russell Warwick brings a wealth of industry knowledge and administrative experience to the appointment. As the General Manager of Westbury Stud, Warwick’s ability to lead one of NZ’s elite breeding and racing programmes made him an excellent candidate to join the NZTR Board.

In what is widely viewed as one of the most exciting times in New Zealand Racing history, Warwick is grateful for the opportunity.

“The industry has made excellent headway in recent times, but there is still a lot of work to do. I really enjoy being able to give back to the industry, and timing wise, I feel I can offer a constructive view as we look to inspire a new generation of stakeholders and encourage further growth within the business.”

When speaking to his potential contribution, Warwick sees the work of the NZTR Board as setting the industry up for longterm success.

“If we can align our operational infrastructure and policies with the financial parameters that NZTR, TAB NZ, Entain and NZ Bloodstock have introduced, it is going to be a very exciting time to be involved in racing.”

“It’s not only the immediate success of the industry which should be our sole focus, but it is critical that we develop a sustainable structure for the long-term future of the sport.”

Warwick gave high praise to the current NZTR Board and the work which they have done in recent times.

“I would like to compliment the current NZTR Board for the terrific job that has been done to this point. They are a very skilled group of administrators and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to add further value."

NZTR Members’ Council Chair Jeff McCall is confident Russell will be a great addition to the Board.

“After receiving several strong applications, we are pleased to welcome Russell to the NZTR Board.”

“His lifetime of industry experience and business management makes him a great addition to the Board, and we look forward to his contribution following Chairman Cameron George’s departure in July”

As previously reported, NZTR Chairman Cameron George will depart the NZTR Board on 31 July, 2024. As a Director Elect, Warwick will attend Board and Committee meetings ahead of his appointment but will not receive voting rights until 1 August 2024.

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