Otago Daily Times

For­bury Park CEO leav­ing to take up un­ex­pected op­por­tu­nity

RAC­ING

- STEVE HEP­BURN

THE chief ex­ec­u­tive of For­bury Park Trot­ting Club is mov­ing on.

The club has had a roller­coaster past six months since Covid­19 struck and there ap­pear to be more changes ahead.

But For­bury Park chief ex­ec­u­tive Della Hen­der­son said her res­ig­na­tion was com­pletely un­re­lated to events at the trot­ting club.

She said an un­ex­pected op­por­tu­nity had come along which suited her and she had de­cided to take it.

It was in no way a case of leav­ing For­bury Park in the lurch.

‘‘Some­thing came along which was a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for me.

‘‘But ev­ery­one has worked re­ally hard for For­bury Park and I’m pleased with the progress we have made,’’ she said.

She leaves next month and is go­ing through a tran­si­tional pe­riod over the next few weeks be­fore a new chief ex­ec­u­tive starts at the club.

She de­clined to say what her new op­por­tu­nity was.

The club was hit hard by the im­pact of Covid­19 and lost all its dates for the re­main­der of the 2019­20 sea­son.

It then missed out on any dates for the new sea­son in the draft cal­en­dar but, af­ter lob­by­ing, in­clud­ing a trip to Par­lia­ment, the club man­aged to ob­tain 10 dates when the fi­nal cal­en­dar was re­leased in early July.

A meet­ing for mem­bers next Wed­nes­day will dis­cuss var­i­ous is­sues for the club.

Hen­der­son said the club was look­ing at chang­ing its con­sti­tu­tion and make it a more mod­ern doc­u­ment.

The club was set up with both a board and a com­mit­tee and it was not ideal for a club to op­er­ate that way.

Gov­er­nance was an is­sue and most mod­ern sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions had gone away from hav­ing both a board and a com­mit­tee.

The is­sue of dual man­age­ment had been brought up be­fore at an­nual meet­ings and failed to get over the line but it was hoped next month’s meet­ing would re­ceive the nec­es­sary sup­port.

The club was in­volved in a rac­ing re­view look­ing at how rac­ing was car­ried out through­out the Otago­South­land re­gion, Hen­der­son said.

Ev­ery­thing was on the ta­ble as far as what changes would be car­ried out. The re­view was part of the con­di­tions for be­ing awarded this sea­son’s dates.

Rac­ing New Zealand had in­sti­gated the re­view and, af­ter a ten­der­ing process, had ap­pointed Sapere, an Aus­tralian busi­ness con­sul­tancy firm to lead the re­view.

The re­view and its find­ings were to be com­pleted by the end of the year but that may have to be re­vised.

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Della Hen­der­son

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