Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) is pleased to announce the key appointment of David Brace as Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Brace, who has previously held positions as Chief Operating Officer at Panthers Leagues Club and Chief Executive Officer at Canterbury League Club, will report directly to GRNSW CEO Tony Mestrov.

“I am delighted that GRNSW has been able to attract someone with David’s extensive experience in executive leadership roles and commercial business growth,” Mr Mestrov said.

“David has a proven track record in developing and implementing commercial strategies and outcomes and has strong stakeholder engagement skills that will benefit our industry.

“GRNSW conducted an extensive recruitment process for the role of Deputy CEO, and to attract a person with David’s credentials, business acumen and history of achievement as a leader in the corporate world, is a great indication of the confidence in our industry.”

Mr Brace said he was “excited by the opportunity to join a thriving industry, one which continues to make great strides forward in all aspects of greyhound racing and animal welfare.”

“I have witnessed from afar the tremendous work Tony and his team have done at GRNSW, and the way they have turned the industry around in NSW over the past three years,” Mr Brace, who revealed he has previously owned greyhounds, said.

“In speaking with Tony about what is planned for the future of the greyhound industry in NSW, I am confident that the platform of success GRNSW has built in recent times is only going to be stronger and more successful in the next part of the journey, and I’m delighted to join the team and be a part of bringing that vision to fruition.”

GRNSW has also appointed a new Regional Engagement Manager as part of its continued commitment to regional and rural NSW.

Robert Assaf, who has previously worked as an adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and as the Policy and Communications Officer at Catholic Schools NSW, has started in the role.

Mr Mestrov said:

“Robert brings a strong political and communications background with him to GRNSW, and part of his role will be to liaise and work with local members in the regional areas to attain the best outcomes for local clubs and participants.

“As we know, more than 70% of our participants are regionally based and we understand the importance of giving those participants a voice in the regions.”