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Mr Neil Wilson has been a member of the VRC Board since December 2012. He was elected Honorary Treasurer in February 2017, ahead of stepping into the Interim Chief Executive role in June 2017 and then serving as permanent Chief Executive from January 2018 to November 2020. He was appointed the 22nd Chairman of the VRC on 20 November 2020.
Neil is an experienced business leader and entrepreneur with corporate, start up, founder and public company experience.
As part of the various roles with the VRC, Neil has been heavily involved with the racing industry’s media assets. He is a board member of Racing.com, RSN and global media business World Horse Racing (WHR) with Ascot and Goodwood in the UK, Breeders’ Cup in the USA and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Neil is a board member of the Melbourne Cup Foundation.
He has had over 25 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry working in corporate roles and as a founder of his own business (Charter Wilson) which was acquired by ASX listed company Oakton, a leading technology services company which employed over 1,300 people. He was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Oakton for nine years until it was acquired by Dimension Data in 2014.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Business and Information Systems, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and sits on a number of private and public technology, media and sporting boards. Neil was appointed a Board Member of Collingwood Football Club in May 2021.
Neil has had racehorse ownership and breeding interests for more than 25 years.