HRV Board


Mr Dale Monteith – Chairman

Mr Monteith was the CEO of the Victoria Racing Club (2000–2013), following a decade as CEO at the Melbourne Racing Club (1991–2000).  Mr Monteith was on the Victorian Racing Industry/Tabcorp Joint Venture Management Committee (1995–2010) and is a Trustee for the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust.

Ms Elizabeth Clarke – Deputy Chair

Ms Clarke has served on the HRV Board since 2012 and is Chair of the Harness Racing Advisory Council.  Ms Clarke has a long history in country racing, including as Secretary of the Terang Harness Racing Club.  In 2008, Ms Clarke was jointly awarded the Gordon Rothacker Medal with her husband Bruce for their outstanding and sustained contribution to harness racing in Victoria.

Dr Catherine Ainsworth

Dr Ainsworth is a veterinarian with extensive executive and director experience.  After an earlier career in equine specialist practice, Catherine held senior positions in the Victorian Government including Director, Stakeholder Relationships with the former Department of Environment and Primary Industries (2008–2015) and Director, State Veterinary Laboratory (1999-2008).  Dr Ainsworth is the CEO of Pony Club Australia and a Director of the Australian Horse Industry Council.

Ms Jane Brook

Ms Brook sits on the Board of Melbourne Food & Wine. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the media and communications industry (in Australia and Asia), including Managing Director of marketing consultancy agencies WMC360 and Graffiti Group and Director of Twenty3 Sport + Entertainment. Her expertise in leveraging media strategies, properties and events for maximum exposure and value has seen her work with some of the biggest Australian and global consumer brands. She is also a keen equestrian. 

Mr Danny Frawley

Mr Frawley is a passionate supporter of harness racing.  Following a long history of involvement with the AFL, including as coach of the Richmond Football Club (1999-2004) and CEO of the AFL Coaches Association (2008-2014). Mr Frawley has developed a significant media profile as a presenter and commentator with both Fox Footy and Triple M radio.

Mr Peter Watkinson

Mr Watkinson has management experience at all levels of government, particularly in the areas of planning, public land management and stakeholder engagement.  Prior to establishing his own consultancy, Mr Watkinson was Executive Director, Strategic Relations Land and Fire Group with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (2012-2013) and Executive Director, Public Land Division with the former Department of Sustainability and Environment (2008-2012).  Mr Watkinson also has a long held passion for harness racing as an owner and breeder.