Motorsport Australia announces new Board members
Thursday 22nd December, 2022 - 11:00am
Motorsport Australia has announced the three new Directors who will join its Board for 2023.
Two of the changes are in state-elected positions while the other is an Appointed Director.
In the NSW/ACT position, Vice-President Graeme Emerton retires and will be replaced by former Australian Rally Commission Chair Jon Thomson, while John Gibbons was elected to the Western Australia position which had been held by Nick Rahimtulla.
Furthermore, current Karting Australia Director Samantha Reid replaces Thea Jeanes-Cochrane as one of Motorsport Australia’s Appointed Directors.
President Andrew Fraser said, “This is an exciting period for Motorsport Australia and our outgoing Directors should be proud of everything they have achieved during their respective tenures.
“Graeme, who has served on the Board since 2009, has been a strong advocate for motorsport and a significant contributor, most notably as Vice-President for a number of years.
“Graeme’s service to motorsport is worthy of celebration and we thank him for everything he has done during his time on the Board.
“Joining the Board in 2017, Nick has always represented Western Australia’s best interests and put forward a strong voice in ensuring we achieve our strategic objectives both in WA but also across the country.
“Thea, who joined us in 2019, has also provided valuable contributions to the organisation and her experience, knowledge and insights into the sports industry have been crucial to helping Motorsport Australia navigate recent challenges.”
On the new Directors, Fraser added, “We are pleased to welcome Samantha, Jon and John to our Board room, joining a strong, committed and passionate group of individuals.
“As motorsport continues to rebound strongly from the recent pandemic, it’s up to all of us to make sure we provide the administration with the tools and strategic direction to take the sport to the next level.
“We all recognise the challenges that lay ahead, including the significant increases to insurance premiums, as well as the importance of promoting sustainable, safe and inclusive motorsport activities.
“I am certain our new Directors share our mission for seeing more people enjoying more motorsport more often.”
WA Elected Director Gibbons remarked, “I am extremely proud and excited to be joining the Motorsport Australia Board in 2023. To be elected as the Western Australian representative to such a strong national sporting body is an honour.
“The opportunity to be a Director and work diligently to take motorsport to new heights is one that I won’t take for granted and it’s a thrill to be able to support everyone who participates, volunteers or spectates motorsport through the hard work of this Board.
“I look forward to joining an enthusiastic and passionate group of Directors and help shape the strategic direction of motorsport in Australia in the years ahead.”
Appointed Director Reid said, “I’m really looking forward to joining the Motorsport Australia Board and further strengthening the relationship between Motorsport Australia and Karting Australia.
“The current Board have done a great job building relationships with stakeholders and navigating a really challenging few years. The next era will need to tackle challenges such as sustainability, accessibility and inclusion in order to deliver on its mission.
“While these are big challenges, I join feeling confident with the make-up of the Board and Andrew’s leadership that the future looks bright.”
NSW/ACT Elected Director Thomson commented, “I am very humbled and honoured to be elected to the board of Motorsport Australia as the representative for NSW/ACT and it comes with a huge responsibility, however I am looking forward to playing my part in advancing the sport which I’ve been passionate about all my life.
“I look forward to being a part of the decision making and strategic planning of Australian motorsport to enable it to thrive and grow into the future.”