Organisation Overview

Overview

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) is the governing body for Thoroughbred horse racing in New Zealand. It oversees and regulates the sport, ensuring that races are conducted fairly and in accordance with the rules and regulations while supplying the thoroughbred product for wagering and sporting customers.

Governance

NZTR is an independent organisation responsible for the administration, promotion, and development of Thoroughbred racing in New Zealand. It works in collaboration with various race clubs throughout the country and is governed by a Board of seven Directors who are responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, decision-making, and overall management of NZTR.

NZTR Board of Directors

Cameron George | Chairman

In May 2019, Cameron George became a member of the Board after being appointed by the NZTR Members' Council. With a wealth of experience in Racing & Sports Administration, Cameron had previously held positions as NZTR's Chief Stipendiary Steward and as the Chief Executive of the Auckland Racing Club. Currently, he serves as the Chief Executive of the One NZ Warriors.

Cameron assumed the board position, replacing Rodger Finlay, who retired after the NZTR Annual General Meeting in December 2018.

Mike Clarke

Mike is a Director and Board Advisor with 30+ years of diverse business experience, including gaming. Previously a Consulting Partner at KPMG and Chief Information Officer at SkyCity, he has worked globally with technology organizations to drive business transformation. Additionally, Mike actively engages in the Thoroughbred industry as an owner and breeder. He holds the designation of Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (CMInstD).

Andrew Fairgray

Andrew has over 25 years of experience in IT&T and currently serves as the Chief Business Officer at 2degrees. He is passionate about leveraging technology and sees the potential in the convergence of Media and Telecommunications to meet consumer demands for real-time content. Andrew applied for the Director role at NZTR to utilize his local and global experience, driving innovation and transformation for the organization.

He is personally involved in the thoroughbred industry through his company, JETA Group, and strongly values its contribution to New Zealand Inc.

Andrew Flexman

Andrew is presently employed as an investment advisor at Forsyth Barr in Cambridge. Prior to this role, he worked as a lawyer and sports administrator. As a passionate thoroughbred owner, Andrew brings a diverse background to the table. He has served as the Chief Executive of the Chiefs Rugby Club and possesses extensive experience in fan engagement, sports management, and entertainment.

Dean Lawrence

Dean is currently engaged as a consultant for the International Monetary Fund, following his previous positions within the Inland Revenue Department. With his background as the former president of the Otago Racing Club and a board member of GallopSouth, Lawrence brings together a wealth of racing administration expertise and knowledge. His international experience complements his longstanding involvement in thoroughbred ownership and breeding pursuits.

Rodney Schick

Rodney brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Board of Directors, having run his own large-scale Stud Farm operation, Windsor Park Stud, for more than 20 years alongside his wife Gina. Appointed by the NZTR Members’ Council in March 2024, Rodney’s lifetime of industry experience and business acumen brings an invaluable insider perspective to the organisation. 

Rodney’s position fills the position left by current TAB NZ General Manager Commercial, Jason Fleming, who left NZTR's Board in July 2023.

Russell Warwick

Russell Warwick brings a wealth of industry knowledge and administrative experience to his appointment to the NZTR Board.  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.

Bruce Sharrock | Chief Executive

Bruce Sharrock became NZTR's CEO on April 4, 2022, following Bernard Saundry. With experience as NZTR's COO and a board member, he led his own successful international sports management business for 20+ years. Bruce's leadership, industry expertise, and track record of results will drive NZTR forward. His focus is on building on existing progress, addressing industry priorities, and securing a sustainable future for thoroughbred racing.

For a full list of staff contact details, please visit our Contacts page below.