Welcome to my campaign!
I've always preferred behind the scenes but at this critical time, I need your continued support and vote to ensure:
1. Members No.1 priority year round - member facilities, rights, offer & affordability; reduce costs; listen to & action feedback; reward loyalty in all forms; grow new & re-engage longstanding / lapsed
2. your voice is heard - true, respectful, considered Members' voice, dedicated to future of our Club, finances, cost control, racing program and Flemington & Melbourne Cup Carnival legacy
3. VRC team supported + credited with developing fresh, innovative & sustainable ideas - celebrate our history-making past by adapting to Member & racing trends, take risks + sustainably push for world-class
4. encourage & celebrate Club membership, racing, owners, breeding + training knowledge; equine & jockey welfare front of mind - our Club is full of warmth, heart, humans(!) & love of horses at its centre
Introducing Kix (🤞 my name suggestion is approved)
Senior Racing Experience, Qualifications and Interests
I was first elected in 2011 - the youngest ever VRC Director in 155 years, 4th ever female & 1st of Asian descent - with construction of the world class Club Stand a key achievement.
Now in my 9th year, I bring 20+ years of Senior Executive level expertise to the Board in Consumer Retail, FMCG, Marketing, Sponsorship, Construction, Infrastructure, Energy / Renewables, Finance, Procurement, Corporate Strategy, Risk & Governance (Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia - 10+ years of experience required), Racing and Sports Administration.
Having completed Laws/Commerce (Marketing) at Monash, I hold an MBA, Master of Marketing & PDM from Melbourne Business School. I am also a proud UCLA Alumna, having completed an EMBA exchange at the Anderson School of Management (USA) after our 3rd child, Georgia Grace (Gigi) in 2017.
Aside from interests in numerous racehorses (including 2019 Victoria Derby runner Translator and up and coming Ocean Park mare Accordingly), I am a life long 4th generation AFL fan & player (Geelong member; current St Mary's Salesian player - may finally hang up my boots after snapping my ACL for the 2nd time though), Kooyong LTC (Tennis), NGV, Heide, Museums and Zoos Victoria, MRC and MVRC member. I'm also involved in tourism and hospitality and very familiar with listening to and quickly actioning feedback as a 5 star rated AirBnB Superhost on the Mornington Peninsula.
I welcome opportunities to support diversity in all forms including age, gender and cultural. I am especially passionate about supporting children and women of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. Supporting healthcare & research across the whole life journey, including pregnancy, gynaecology and cancers, is another key passion as a current Board Director of the Royal Women's Hospital Foundation, Melbourne, where I had our 3 young children in the world class public system.
Senior Legal, Finance, Commercial and Marketing Expertise
After 15 years in Construction and Major Projects, I have moved back into Consumer and Online Retail with my own furniture and homewares business, One Grange Road. This provides me with flexibility to commit more time and skills to the business and leadership of the VRC.
My prior full time role was Head of Legal APAC for a global wind turbine manufacturer, EPC contractor & wind farm developer. As an APAC Senior Management Team member, I led the legal, governance & company secretarial functions in the Australian and APAC regions including working in Japan.
Previous roles include Senior Counsel of GE Power for Australia & NZ, General Counsel of Programmed FM, Senior Legal Counsel of UGL and a Commercial General Manager position at NBN Co Limited.
The latter full time role involved financial control, management, tracking and reporting against budgets / plans, Opex and Capex management, business, operational and relationship performance, stakeholder engagement and crisis management of sensitive matters. I also led large, matrix teams responsible for Contract & Commercial Management of:
1. the Victorian & Tasmanian construction roll out;
2. Australia wide Transit network and all Operation & Maintainance (including Field Service Delivery, Network Assurance and Restoration) contractors; and
3. personal responsibility for NBN's primary relationship with it's largest Australian contractors, Visionstream & Service Stream.
In addition, I achieved execution of $1 Billion+ of construction contracts as lead negotiator of the MIMA. My performance, stakeholder engagement and dispute resolution skills, in the context of resetting positive supplier relationships and building trust, was recognised by then CEO Bill Morrow with a Terabyte Award, NBN's highest level of recognition.
I started my legal career with an excellent Private Practice grounding as a Projects & Corporate Finance lawyer at top tier law firm Minter Ellison in Melbourne and Sydney.
I kicked off my executive career for over 6 years in Consumer and Grocery Retail and FMCG Marketing & Sales with Gillette, Cadbury Schweppes, Mars Confectionery and Coles Online.
My love of retail and being customer/member facing and focused started at 14 years and 9 months when I worked the check outs of Franklins Big Fresh, at what was then known as Doncaster Shoppingtown, while studying at Balwyn High. I'm also very proud of Beverley Hills Primary School, it has grown into one of the State's highest performing schools, and it's motto "Strive to Achieve" (hope that's what it is still) continues to stand me in good stead.
Deeply honoured to receive Full Membership of the Victorian Wakeful Club
It was a surprise and delight to be welcomed to the Victorian Wakeful Club last week. The original mighty mare Wakeful had 44 starts for 41 placings (25 wins, 12 seconds & 4 thirds).
As a 7 year old, she carried an astonishing 64 kgs to come 2nd in the 1903 Melbourne Cup, 22 kgs more than the winner. She continued her success off the track with 10 foals including Night Watch, the 1918 Melbourne Cup winner.
Fittingly, Damien Oliver achieved the Highest Ever Number of Melbourne Cup Carnival winning rides (now 73) in this year's GH Mumm Wakeful Stakes. As hosting Director, I will always treasure the memory and joy of presenting both trophies on behalf of us all. It was even more breathtaking to witness Danny O'Brien's superstar filly Miami Bound again rocket home to complete the Oaks double.
Thank you to all of my supporters in the Wakeful Club and Racing Industry. I look forward to continuing to pay it forward by supporting women of all ages and walks of life in 2020 & beyond.
Luckily, the Women's 2020 IWD Breakfast, featuring Olympic Champion & AFLW CEO Nicole Livingstone OAM as keynote speaker, is on Thurs 5 March with the Wakeful Lady of Racing Award Luncheon on the next day at the Glasshouse. Hope to see you at one or both! Please feel free to email me for ticketing details.