David Aldred Gets The Top Racing Job In Rockhampton
Published 5 July 2023
On the eve of its most important annual race days, the Rockhampton Jockey Club is thrilled to announce the appointment of highly skilled racing administrator David Aldred to take the reins as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Mr Aldred will succeed Ian Mill as the CEO later this month and RJC chairman, Rob Carr said David was chosen after an extensive and competitive process.
“David is an outstanding choice, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge from previous CEO roles over many years with race clubs, racing peak bodies and the integrity commission, successfully working across the thoroughbred, standardbred and greyhound racing codes,” he said.
Mr Aldred is currently the Regional Manager (North) with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission and previously held CEO and senior management positions with high profile racing organisations including Greyhound Racing NSW, Racing Queensland, Sunshine Coast Turf Club, Darwin Turf Club, TOTE Tasmania and the Tasmanian Inter Dominion Championships as well as the overseas post as an Executive Director of Racing in British Columbia, Canada.
“This appointment makes an exciting new chapter for the RJC and our Committee is looking forward to working with David to ensure that we continue to deliver excellent results and sustained future growth of thoroughbred racing for our members and industry participants in Central Queensland,” Mr Carr said.
Commenting on his appointment Mr Aldred said he was excited to be taking on this significant executive role.
“The Rockhampton Jockey Club and Callaghan Park hold a special place in my heart as the racetrack that captured my interest in horse racing,” he said.
“Growing up and doing my early schooling in Rocky, as a young boy my mum took me to Callaghan Park races when I was just a three-year-old, and I’ve been hooked on the horses and racing from that day.
“My chosen career in racing which started in Mackay decades ago has taken me to some interesting and special places throughout Australia and in Canada and I guess coming back to Rockhampton, you could say I have now travelled a full circle.
“I look forward to working for the committee and members to ensure that the RJC continues to deliver high calibre horse racing together with first class race day and non-race day events at Callaghan Park. I’m also very keen to explore how the RJC can cement its place as a community icon and how we can grow our club further.”