Frizelle joins Racing Queensland Board

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New Racing Queensland Board member Rebecca Frizelle. | Photo: LinkedIn

Gold Coast businesswoman Rebecca Frizelle has been appointed to the Racing Queensland Board, the only new member of the group.

Chair Steve Wilson was re-appointed, alongside five other existing members.

Ms Frizelle is the Deputy Chancellor of Griffith University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Organising Committee for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

She is the co-owner of the NRL Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club and previously served as the club’s independent chair.

Ms Frizelle has an extensive background in the automotive industry, previously holding the position of Chief Operating Officer of Frizelle Sunshine Automotive.

She is a director and former director of three other charitable organisations: LifeFlight Australia; the Audi Foundation; and BizRebuild.

In 2020, she was awarded the Order of Australia medal (OAM) in recognition of her contributions to both the automotive industry and rugby league.

Queensland Racing Minister Grace Grace said Ms Frizelle replaced current board and non-industry member, Sharon Dawson, who did not wish to be re-appointed.

Fellow board members are:

Non industry member and Chair: Steve Wilson AM (one year re-appointment)

Mr Wilson is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group, one of Australia’s leading stockbroking, funds and wealth management firms.

He has an honorary doctorate of philosophy and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for services to the financial services sector and the community.

He also has knowledge of the racing industry as a successful thoroughbred breeding syndicate member.

Greyhound Racing Industry member – Dale Cartwright (one-year appointment)

Mr Cartwright is the past president of the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club and was a committee member for six years.

He was the past vice-president of the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club and has been involved in greyhound racing for over 30 years.

Mr Cartwright chaired the meetings of the Queensland Greyhound Affiliation which dealt with industry and welfare issues in 2015.

Members to be appointed from May 1, 2024 – April 30, 2027:

Non Industry member and Deputy Chair – Jane Seawright

Ms Seawright was appointed as a non-industry member from 1 May 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business (Marketing), and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is an experienced member of boards including as the current chairperson of TAFE Queensland and is a non-executive director of Netball Queensland, having previously been the Chairperson of Netball Queensland for five years.

Thoroughbred Racing Industry member – Graham Quirk

Mr Quirk has been the racing industry member for the thoroughbred code since July 4, 2019.

In 1985, he was elected to Brisbane City Council, became Deputy Mayor in 2008, and served as Lord Mayor of Brisbane from 2011 until 2019.

Mr Quirk is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia, and the Board of Governors of the International Institute of Business and Technology Australia.

He recently led the independent review of Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic venue infrastructure.

He has bred thoroughbred horses for nearly 20 years and owns or holds interests in several thoroughbred race horses.

Non Industry member – Christopher Edwards

Mr Edwards was appointed as a non-industry member from May 17, 2021.

He is a graduate of several Australian Institute of Company Directors’ programs including the Company Directors course and courses addressing strategy, risk, finance and governance.

His history as a director on nine other public and private bodies shows a broad directorial background with emphases on infrastructure, and community health and wellbeing.

He is a member of Aviation Australia, the Queensland Building and Construction Board and the Community Enterprise Queensland Board of Management.

Harness Racing Industry member – Jodie Jones

Ms Jones was appointed as a racing industry member (harness code).

Her professional background is as an educator, currently working as the deputy principal at Karalee State School.

She was nominated in her private capacity due to 35 years of experience in harness racing.

Her husband and daughter are trainers of standardbred horses, and her daughter is also a successful harness driver.

The harness racing sector is relatively small, with only five licensed clubs in Queensland and with 35 years of broad racing industry experience as well as her leadership experience in the education sector, she brings a wealth of industry and educational sector experience to the board.