RNSW seeks new Deputy Chairman of Stewards'

Racing NSW is advertising for the position of Deputy Chairman of Stewards' after Wade Birch accepted a new role Director of Racing Operations (Chief Steward) with the Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission.

Chief Commissioner, Alan Brown AM, said that he is looking forward to Mr Birch commencing in his new role.

“Mr Birch comes to the Commission with a wealth of racing integrity experience having spent over two decades in various stewarding roles, including Deputy Chairman of Stewards at Racing NSW and Chairman of Stewards for Racing QLD,” Chief Commissioner Brown said.

“As the Chairman of Stewards for Racing Queensland Wade managed the stewarding panels for all three racing codes, so he knows a great deal about integrity issues including greyhound racing.

“His managerial, governance and policy experience will also be a real asset to the Commission as we continue to improve race day efficiencies and develop systems and processes that make complying with integrity and welfare requirements as seamless as possible,” he said.

As Director of Racing Operations, Mr Birch will have overall responsibility for managing race day operations, providing strategic leadership in relation to policies, systems and processes, monitoring integrity risks and identifying opportunities, and implementing various programs including the Stewards cadetship Program.

 “I’m looking forward to leading strategic changes at the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission that will improve the way the Commission supports and services the greyhound racing industry in New South Wales,” Mr Birch said.

Mr Birch will be based in Sydney and commence with the Commission on 22 March 2021.

The Racing NSW position of Deputy Chairman of Stewards is responsible for overseeing the reputation and integrity of thoroughbred racing in NSW.

Reporting directly to the General Manager-Integrity/Chairman of Stewards, this senior role assists the General Manager-Integrity/Chairman of Stewards, Marc Van Gestal, to enforce and administer the rules of racing and to manage a panel of Stewards located throughout NSW who are responsible for integrity-related racing activities.

With former NSW steward Steve Railton recently completing ten years as a stipendiary steward with the Hong Kong Jockey Club and returning to Sydney, the timing of the vacancy on the RNSW stewards’ panel is fortuitous.