Brisbane Racing Club

BRC Board of Directors

    Neville Bell

    Position: Chairman

    Special responsibilities: Chair of Master Planning, Chair of Special Projects and Gallopers Sports Club Sub-committees

    Qualifications and experience: Neville is the proprietor of Kilto Park Stud and Agistment Farm located at Caboolture and has over 30 years experience in banking, finance and property development. Neville was a director of the Queensland Turf Club Ltd 1998-2009.

        Richard Morrison

        Position: Vice-chairman

        Special responsibilities: Member of Master Planning & Membership Sub-committee

        Qualifications and experience: Richard is a director of Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd (Brisbane) with significant expertise in sales and leases of commercial and industrial property in Brisbane. A racehorse owner, Richard is also a committee member of the Kingston Town Club, a club established by a group of young Brisbane racing enthusiasts in the early 1980s. The Kingston Town Club raises several thousand dollars for charity each year.

            David Dawson

            Position: Director

            Special responsibilities: Chair of Membership Sub-committee and Member of Special Projects and Gallopers Sports Club Committee

            Qualifications and experience: David is a medical scientist by profession. Semi-retired, he is a consultant to the World Health Organisation. He has racing and breeding interests and was a director of the Queensland Turf Club fom 2005 to 2009 (treasurer 2007 to 2009).

                Steve Gagel

                Position: Director

                Special responsibilities: Chairman of Finance, Governance, Risk Management & New Business Development Sub-committee

                Qualifications and experience: Steve is a director at Prosperity Advisers Group and has extensive accounting and business experience across a broad range of industries and management operations including tourism and hospitality, hotel operations and the wider sporting industry including working closely with the Brisbane Broncos Thoroughbreds to provide mentorship and advice to rugby league players during their career and in retirement. Steve has a genuine passion for the horse racing industry and been a part-owner of racehorses over recent years.

                    Simon Gleeson

                    Position: Director

                    Special responsibilities: Member of Finance, Governance & Risk Management, Master Planning & New Business Development Sub-committees

                    Qualifications and experience: Simon is an Economist by qualification and has been the commercial manager at Arrow Energy for more than five years.  He has a strong financial and commercial background through his experience working in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Simon has been around horses from an early age and is also a director of Gleeson Thoroughbred Connections, which currently runs a band of 16 broodmares and owns shares in the Queensland-based stallions Real Saga, Rothesay, Spirit Of Boom, Red Element and Ferocity.

                        John Shepherd

                        Position: Director

                        Special responsibilities: Member of the Master Plan Committee and Member of the Finance and Governance Committee.

                        Qualifications and experience: John has a B.A. (Economics) and Post-Grad Diploma in Finance and Accounting. With over 25 years’ experience in finance and property, including billion dollar mega projects, John is Managing Partner at Gallus Partners, a real estate, investment and advisory company. He is a current Board Member of Brisbane Marketing, and a past Board Member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Queensland. John is a keen racing enthusiast who lives in Ascot with his wife, Danielle, and their 3 young children.

                            Terry Svenson

                            Position: Director

                            Special responsibilities: Member of Finance, Governance & Risk Management, Membership and Special Projects Sub-committees

                            Qualifications and experience: Terry is Chief Executive Officer at Cerebos Australia and New Zealand where he leads more than 700 employees. The food and beverage company has four manufacturing sites. Cerebos’s market leading brands include Gravox, Saxa, Mocopan and Robert Harris. Raised in central Queensland, Terry lived in Sydney and Melbourne before settling with his family in Brisbane. He was previously the president of Toombul Junior Cricket Club and a Board Member at St Agatha’s School, Clayfield.

                                Curt Schatz

                                Position: Director

                                Special responsibilities: Member of the Master Plan Committee and Member of the New Business Development Committee.

                                Qualifications and experience: Curt Schatz leads Mullins Lawyers’ property and hospitality practice. He has more than 30 years’ experience in property, liquor and gaming law. Curt has a strong understanding of the BRC’s work both on and off the racetrack. He has owned and bred racehorses in Australia and New Zealand for more than two decades and has had runners with Brisbane trainers including BJ Smith, Robert Heathcote and Bruce Brown.