Racing Victoria Integrity Council Members Appointed / Victoria / 02 Apr, 2014

Racing Victoria (RV) has today announced the appointment of two high profile members of the legal fraternity to the newly created Racing Victoria Integrity Council (RVIC).

Ron Beazley, Victorian Government Solicitor from 1991 to 2000 and the inaugural recipient of the Chief Justice’s Medal for distinguished service to the law and the community, has been announced as the RVIC Chair.

He will be joined by high profile Supreme Court judge, the Honourable Justice Jack Forrest, and Kate Joel, who served six years as Deputy Chair of Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and is also a former director of Racing Analytical Services Laboratory (RASL).

Completing the five-person RVIC are current RV directors Bryan Gurry and Peter Sinn.

Announced last week, the RVIC is an independent panel introduced to provide expert advice on integrity policies, procedures and compliance to the RV Board and Integrity Services Department.

It will also advise and make recommendations on a range of integrity related matters including investigations into serious breaches of the Rules of Racing.

RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said the quality of the individuals chosen to afford expert advice to the RV Board and Integrity Services Management was exceptional.

“Ron Beazley, Jack Forrest and Kate Joel bring a wealth of expertise to the table and will be important assets for Racing Victoria as we manage the integrity of the sport,” Saundry said.

“They will be an expert source of policy advice for both the Racing Victoria Board and our Integrity Services Management and their independent opinion will be regularly sought on integrity matters of great importance."