MRC announce committee changes

The Melbourne Racing Club on Friday announced changes on the Committee with Mornington Advisory Group (MAG) member Tim Guille appointed Chairman of the MAG, representing Mornington on the Executive Committee and esteemed Committee member Brooke Dawson appointed Chairman of the MRC Foundation.

Mr Guille replaces outgoing Chairman Nick Hassett who will remain on the MAG as part of the succession plan he put in place during his three-year Chairmanship.

“I am extremely honoured by this appointment. I have a long and special attachment with the Mornington Racecourse – first attending the races there as a boy over 30 years ago as a local – so I take great delight in becoming Chairman,” said Guille.

“We have an incredible team in place at Mornington, and I look forward to supporting them in continuing to make Mornington Racecourse a destination for racing, training and events that our members, community and participants love.”

“Nick has done a fantastic job over the last three years as Chairman, and we are very lucky that he will continue to contribute by remaining on the MAG.”

Mr Hassett has been a member of Mornington prior to the merger since 1995 and MRC member since 1998, serving on the MAG since 2015, and the Nominations and Remuneration sub-committee, and will continue to bring a wealth of experience to the Club from his extensive involvement in the racing industry.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chairman of the MAG and Tim’s appointment is part of the succession plan for us to continue to achieve great things for the Club,” said Hassett.

Ms Dawson leads the MRC Foundation, after having, served three years on the Mornington Advisory Group from 2014 and becoming a committee member of the MRC in 2017. She also serves on the Sub-Committee for Risk, Compliance and Audit for the MRC and is third-generation leader, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Oakdale Meat Co.

Ms Dawson succeeds Ms Patricia Faulkner AO who has held the Chairmanship for 6 years since its inception in 2015 and remains as Chairman or Director on a number of Not-for-Profit boards, government bodies and organisations.

Ms Dawson congratulated Ms Faulkner on her pivotal role in developing the MRC Foundation and ensuring its success through her passion and dedication to the causes at the heart of its establishment, while expressing her pride and excitement at assuming the Chairmanship.

“On behalf of my fellow Committee members and the Board, I’d like to express our gratitude to Patricia for her leadership and vision in developing the MRC Foundation and her hard work and philanthropic efforts in growing the charitable arm of the Club into its prominence within the industry and community today,” said Dawson. 

“I am extremely proud and privileged to be taking over as Chairman of the MRC Foundation. There is a lot to be excited about with a revitalised Stable Wellbeing Program on the cards for this year, our hallmark fundraising events to come and furthering the Foundation’s work in the equine welfare space.”

Ms Faulkner reflected on her time with the Club with affection and reverence. 

“I greatly appreciate being given the opportunity to be the first Chair of the MRC Foundation and to work over the last 6 years with the Club and fellow Board Members to make a difference to people in need,” said Faulkner AO. 

“During that time, we have established well-being support to stable staff, scholarships for track riders, two programs which provide post career roles for retired racehorses and numerous grants to organisations that help participants in the racing industry and community-based organisation that help those in need.”

“I feel confident that Brooke is the right person to continue and grow the work of the Foundation and congratulate her on her appointment.”