Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Jamie Barkley has resigned to pursue new challenges after almost five years in the role, that included navigating through the pandemic and the opening of the WINX Stand at Royal Randwick.
Since October 2018, Barkley has been involved in the ongoing growth of Sydney racing including the club’s successful operations during the COVID pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
“After leading the Australian Turf Club during COVID, I’m proud to have seen the business achieve record membership, hospitality and sponsorship,” said Barkley, who gave no reason for his departure.
“The recent Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival has made the Australian Turf Club amongst the most recognised in the world.”
Responsible for managing and operating the Australian Turf Club’s four metropolitan thoroughbred racetracks at Royal Randwick, Rosehill Gardens, Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm, he was also at the unveiling of the $46m WINX Stand at Royal Randwick, in December 2021.
Barkley is also the former CEO of Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust and was general manager of Sydney Olympic Park.
“On behalf of the Board of the Australian Turf Club we thank Jamie for his service to Sydney racing and the club’s members and wish him all the best for the future,” ATC Chairman Peter McGauran said.
ATC CFO Matt Galanos has been appointed by the Board as Acting CEO as the club begins a recruitment process to permanently fill the position.