Board Members

CHAIRMAN - Chris Luoni

Chris was appointed Chairman in October 2012. He is an independent company director and business owner and is a retired partner in the international accounting firm - PricewaterhouseCoopers. Chris is a horse breeder and has raced horses such as Balrani (Group II winner) and Listed stakeswinners Ma Danseuse and Oliverdance. Chris is immediate Past Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award and President of Governance New Zealand - NZ's oldest chartered governance organisation. Chris is also a former National Councillor of the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association and an independent director of Scouts New Zealand .

PAST CHAIRMAN - Gerald Fell MNZM - Taupo

Gerald retired as the inaugural Chairman of the Board in October 2012. Gerald and his son Duncan own of Fairdale Stud - New Zealand's oldest family owned commercial thoroughbred Stud. Gerald and his late brother Rex have previously stood many successful stallions at stud including champion sire Pakistan. Gerald has raced many outstanding horses including Ajasco, Plume and Tall Poppy and has been responsible for breeding the winners of 36 Group One races and over 200 Stakes winners in 14 countries. Gerald has held significant roles within NZ Thoroughbred Racing, NZ Thoroughbred Breeders association, NZ Racing Conference, and many senior roles within racing clubs and committees. In recognition of his lifetime involvement Gerald was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to Racing and Breeding.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER - Michelle McClunie - Hamilton

Michelle has an interest in the racing industry and provides administration and management functions to the Hall of Fame including managing gala events, project co-ordination, and documentation for the Board.

DIRECTORS

Russell Warwick - Matamata

Russell is the studmaster at Westbury Stud which has operations at Karaka and Matamata. Russell is a former Chairman of the Auckland Racing Club.

Marie Leicester - Auckland

Marie became involved in horse racing and breeding for many years as her parents, the late James and Annie Sarten, were among New Zealand’s most successful owners and breeders during the 1950s and 1960s with the highly successful Belle family. Marie has continued this family tradition and is a very successful breeder and owner. Marie is a Past President of the Taupo Racing Club and is a member of the Selection Committee.

Steve Davis - Cambridge

Steve is an internationally acclaimed bloodstock auctioneer who undertakes auctioneering duties at Karaka, in Australia and in South Africa. Steve also undertakes television work for Trackside and is Chairman of the Selection Committee.

Paul Moroney - Matamata

Paul is an international bloodstock consultant who has selected and purchased a large number of outstanding racehorses from multiple Group One winner Happyanunoit to more recently the Victoria Derby winner Monaco Consul. Paul has previously trained in partnership with brother Mike and has been involved in the New Zealand racing industry for over 25 years.

Allan Fenwick - Marton

Allan is a former chief executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and was previously a partner in the national accounting firm – Ernst & Young. Allan has a wealth of knowledge on the New Zealand racing industry and has been a Director of the TAB, Racing Board and Committeeman of the Manawatu Racing Club. He has bred and/or raced a number of successful horses, mostly in syndicates, including Plume. Allan is a member and Secretary of the Selection Committee.

Chris Doak - Hamilton

Chris established Canterbury Park Farm - a Cambridge based boutique horse farm - in partnership with partner and ex jockey Rosie Ealden. The farm has produced a number of group winners including champion Hong Kong horse Egyptian Ra.
Chris was previously stable foreman for Dave and Jan Kerr racing stable based at Riccarton, and has held management positions in the electricity sector, been CEO of Hamilton International Airport, and has led regional tourism in the central North Island Waikato region.
Chris continues to play a lead role in the development of the Hall of Fame's multi-media strategy.

Mark Chitty - South Auckland

Mark is a qualified veterinarian and is owner of the internationally respected stud farm - Haunui Farm.  Mark is a National Councillor and Deputy Chairman of New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Cherry Taylor - Cambridge

Cherry and her husband Brent are co-owners of Trelawney Stud near Cambridge.  Trelawney is a famous thoroughbred nursery and it's most current star is home bred Ocean Park, winner of five Group One races in the 2012-2013 season including the Cox Plate.  Cherry has had a life long involvement in the racing industry and is a well known bloodstock insurance advisor.