• VRC Board Election - Elisa Robinson

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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:

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1. your voice is heard - true, respectful, considered Members' voice, dedicated to future of our Club, finances, racing program and Flemington & Melbourne Cup Carnival legacy

2. 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

3. 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

4. Members No.1 priority year round - member facilities, rights, offer & affordability; listen to & action feedback; grow new & re-engage longstanding / lapsed 

Introducing Kix (🤞 my name suggestion is approved)

Introducing Kix

Introducing Kix (🤞 my winning name suggestion is approved, runner up in the owners vote is Miss Perfect), she's a Scissor Kick x Perfect Hostess filly we're in from earlier in the year.

Apart from her breeding (and lovely that she now carries on the legacy of the Redoute's Choice line), I picked her as I've always loved a dark horse, simply stunning coat.

Even better that some of our co-owners and 1st time owner friends from Translator and Accordingly are in her too.

More importantly, love seeing the care our horses receive by young people in the industry such as Ayaka who clearly do what they do because they love horses.

Thank you to Nigel and the Blackiston team for your video updates to owners. Exactly what we want to see, the daily life, care and journey of horses in training.

Gives such an appreciation of the teamwork that goes on, day in day out, whether city or country, behind the scenes for us all to enjoy their extraordinary performances on track. No matter where they run, I'm the eternal optimist and always find the positive, whether onwards or upwards or a well deserved spell.

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 delivery 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, Corporate Strategy, Risk & Governance (Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia), Racing and Sports Administration.

Having completed Laws/Commerce (Marketing) at Monash, I hold an MBA, Master of Marketing & PDM from MBS. 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 racing and sports administration and 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!), Kooyong member (Tennis), NGV, Heide, Museums and Zoos Victoria, MRC and MVRC member.

I welcome opportunities to support diversity in all forms including age, gender and cultural. Women's healthcare & research across the whole life journey, including pregnancy, gynaecology and cancers, is another key passion as a 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, 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.

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 leading large, matrix teams responsible for Contract & Commercial Management of the Victorian & Tasmanian roll out, Australia wide Operate & Maintain and NBN's primary relationship with it's largest contractors, Visionstream & Service Stream. In addition, I achieved execution of $1 Billion+ of construction contracts as lead negotiator of the MIMA. My performance and relationship building 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.

Please refer to my LinkedIn Profile Elisa Sturzaker Robinson for more details of my Senior Legal, Commercial and Racing Experience

Proudly awarding Damien Oliver with his record breaking trophy