HRNZ Chief Executive

Chief Executive

  • Industry Leadership Role, Christchurch H/O
  • Growth, Support, Regulation
  • Dynamic and Challenging Position

Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) is the governing and administrative body for 40 harness racing Clubs nationwide and oversees 257 race meetings across 25 venues each year for stakes in excess of $33M. The Chief Executive interacts directly with all industry stakeholders, including: Harness Racing Clubs and Kindred Bodies, Breeders, Owners, Trainers, Drivers, Racing NZ, TAB NZ, Racing Integrity Board, NZ Thoroughbred Racing, Greyhound Racing NZ, sector groups, Harness Racing Australia, International harness racing bodies, and the media.

This is a challenging and exciting time to take the HRNZ reins as the racing industry responds to the changes resulting from the Racing Industry Act 2020 coming into effect, the establishment of TAB NZ, and the formation of Racing NZ which is the new body representing the interests of the three racing codes.

Reporting to the Board, the Chief Executive is responsible for leading the smooth running and development of HRNZ’s services, administration, and operational functions, including Finance, Information Technology, Handicapping, Registrations, Racing and Communications, Education, Marketing, Health and Safety, and Animal Welfare. The position requires strong strategic capability and superb people leadership skills to realise HRNZ’s vision.

The appointee needs to have previous experience in successfully leading an organisation through a period of change, be able to deal with the complexity and politics in relation to multiple stakeholder views and expectations, and to grow HRNZ’s already strong service culture. The appointee will have a track record of leading high performing teams, be an excellent communicator both written and verbal, and confident in building positive media relationships. An interest and understanding of the harness racing and/or equine industries is preferred but is not essential. A competitive remuneration package will be offered that acknowledges the strategic leadership and commercial qualities the appointee will bring to HRNZ.

Application process:
To apply in confidence please contact Hamish Ott, Recruitment Consultant; email [email protected] or initial confidential enquiries by telephone 0274321172

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The final close off date for applications is 12 October 2020.


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