Chief Executive Officer - John Dumesny

Division Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Office reports to a five-person Board and is responsible for the day-to-day management of Harness Racing NSW in accordance with the Harness Racing Act 2009.

In summary these functions include the control, supervision and regulation of harness racing in NSW; the registration of clubs, horses, owners, trainers, drivers, bookmakers and any other persons associated with harness racing; the initiation, development and implementation conducive to strategic development; the distribution of monies received as a result of commercial arrangements including the Totalizator Act 1997; and the allocation of race dates.

The Chief Executive is also responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Strategic Plan including formal consultation with the Harness Racing Industry Consultation Group (HRICG) and other stakeholders in addition to maintaining and fostering key external relationships.

Executive Background

John has a long and distinguished career in Harness Racing. He commenced with the NSW Harness Racing Club in 1988.
He has been Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Harness Racing Club since 2004, prior to that he was the Racing Manager from 1988 to 2004.


Chief Operating Officer - Peter Carney

Division Responsibilities

The Division is responsible for the administration of funding arrangements with Tabcorp and wagering operators, payment of funds to clubs and the management of the Industry Racecourse Development and Benevolent Funds which are administered on behalf of the industry by Harness Racing NSW.

In addition, the Division manages the Centralised Stakes Payment System through which prizemoney and other payments are made to participants on behalf of all clubs.

Administration of other finance-related functions such as the collection of fines, licensing and registrations revenue, and management of the Unpaid Forfeits List is also undertaken by the Commercial Services Division. Information technology services, which are outsourced, and administration of industry leases, insurance and commercial agreements/operations and HR administration are other responsibilities falling into the remit of the Division.

Executive Background

Peter has been working for HRNSW since August 2008. Prior to this he worked for over 30 years in the financial services industry in a range of roles.

Before joining HRNSW Peter was the Finance Director / Company Secretary of a listed global IT company after having spent six years creating and underwriting financial risk products. In the years prior to 1997 he held financial controller positions at a number of large financial services institutions including a listed insurance company, an investment bank, a savings bank and a Building Society.


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