Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Amanda Elliott announced today that Mr Neil Wilson will become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Club.
“The Board of the VRC and I are delighted to announce Neil as the Club’s new CEO, and we congratulate him on this important appointment,” said Mrs Elliott.
“In his seven months as VRC Interim Chief Executive, Neil has made a very positive impact across the whole business. Amongst other significant outcomes, he led the delivery of last year’s highly successful Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“Neil’s appointment will provide stability and continuity as Australia’s premier race club cements its long-term strategy, and evolves to position Flemington for the next generation and beyond. It’s an exciting time for the VRC, headlined by the opening of the new Club Stand later this year.
“Neil’s private and public company experience as a CEO for over 20 years, his broad and detailed understanding of the global digital landscape, as well as his five years on our Board as a Director, are extremely valuable for the VRC.”
Mr Wilson said he was honoured to be appointed as the new VRC CEO.
“I am delighted to have the privilege of heading up the VRC. I look forward to building on the momentum of the past seven months to ensure we deliver on one of the most significant years in the VRC’s history, and position the Club for growth locally and globally.
“I would like to thank Amanda, the Board and the outstanding VRC team for their support and guidance during the interim CEO period.
Mr Wilson was appointed to the VRC Board in 2012 and became Honorary Treasurer in 2017. He will remain a member of the Club’s Board in his capacity as CEO.
Mr Wilson’s new appointment will be effective immediately.
Mr Neil Wilson – VRC Chief Executive Officer
Mr Neil Wilson was appointed as the VRC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in January
Neil has been a member of the VRC Board since December 2012 and was elected
Honorary Treasurer in February 2017, ahead of stepping into the Interim Chief
Executive role in June 2017. He remains a member of the Club’s Board in his capacity
Neil is also a Director of the racing.com Board.
Neil brings a strong commercial background and a deep understanding of digital
strategy and information technology to the Club.
He has had over 25 years’ experience in information technology, working in corporate
roles and as a founder of his own business (Charter Wilson) which was acquired by
ASX listed company Oakton, a leading technology services company which employed
over 1,200 people. Neil was the Chief Executive Officer of Oakton for nine years until
it was acquired by Dimension Data in 2014.
Neil is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Australian
Computer Society (ACS).
Neil has had racehorse ownership and breeding interests for more than 20 years.