Racing NSW Country appoints Michael Buckley to Senior Executive Assistant role

Racing NSW Country have appointed Michael Buckley to the role of Senior Executive Assistant. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Racing NSW Country have appointed Michael Buckley to the position of Senior Executive Assistant.

Buckley was most recently General Manager of Tamworth Jockey Club, and during this period he managed, in conjunction with Racing NSW, several racing and training facility projects, including the reconstruction of a sand training track surface and an upgrade to the course proper. 

Prior to his stint in Tamworth, Buckley worked in a variety of roles with Newcastle Jockey Club, including Racing Supervisor, Racing Administration Officer, and Industry Liaison and Racing Supervisor.

NSW Country Racing CEO Brian Charman applauded the decision to hire Buckley.

“Michael is a young and energetic racing administrator who has a noticeable passion for the industry and the skillset necessary to transition into the position,” Charman said. 

“Michael’s strengths extend to his Industry knowledge, stakeholder engagement, business administration and race day operations and programming.

“During his tenure Michael conducted two Tamworth Cup meetings and a Racing NSW Country Championships, along with a full complement of scheduled race meetings and also transferred race meetings where it has been required.”

While Charman will still head-up Racing NSW Country, Buckley is now the ‘first point of contact’ for clubs and administrators. 

“Michael can be your first point of contact for all matters of Country Racing,” Charman confirmed. 

“Michael will liaise with myself, the Racing NSW Country Board, and Racing NSW where required to maintain the high standard of Country Racing throughout NSW and to support the clubs with any information required or questions that may arise.

“Whilst Michael is transitioning into the role, please take the opportunity to contact him by telephone or email and introduce yourself and the club.”

Speaking about his appointment Michael has said, “I am excited to be joining Racing NSW Country and look forward to engaging with the country clubs, Racing NSW and industry participants.” 

“I have been fortunate enough to have been given a good grounding in racing administration as part of progressive clubs at Tamworth and Newcastle. 

“I am driven to assist Racing NSW Country Race Clubs in the running of successful race meetings and offering general advice to support clubs in performing at their best.

“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to further my career by the Racing NSW Country Chairman, Mr. Bob Pavitt, Racing NSW Country Executive Mr. Brian Charman and the Racing NSW CEO Mr. Peter V’landys.”

For those wanted to touch base with Michael Buckley, you can email mbuckley@racingnsw.com.au or call 02 9551 7522.