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Racing Board aims for high-level industry perfomance

Racing Board member Dr Alan Jackson was a low-key participant in yesterday's launch of the Thoroughbred Bonus Scheme, but there is nothing low-key about his description of how the Board sees the industry's future.

"We've inherited a new Act and organisation and we have to honour previous commitments. We're then looking to step forward with the rest of the industry and lead it to a higher level."

The new Board is drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources.
"We're looking at international models in the United Kingdom, USA, Ireland and the leading Australian states, as well as other sporting competitions such as AFL and NASCAR racing."

Industry task forces will involve people from beyond the national racing administration "to improve ideas and get buy-in for the policies they help to create." Dr Jackson has already led a workshop for code and TAB staff on on-course attendance. He expects nine or ten other major areas of racing's business will receive similar attention.

Dr Jackson is The Boston Consulting Group's Managing Partner Australasia, and a member of the company's executive committee responsible for global operations.

He holds a Bachelor's degree and Doctorate in Structural Engineering from The University of Auckland, and an MBA with Dean Honours from IMD Management Institute in Switzerland. Dr Jackson is also the 2003 Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School where he is focusing on the topic of corporate governance.

Dr Jackson and his wife Colleen have breeding and ownership interests in a large number of horses on both sides of the Tasman, including their promising three-year-old Kingside (Kaapstad-Madam Faubourg), winner at Rosehill last weekend. The Jacksons bred Kingside in partnership with Alan and Rob Burnet.

- Susan Archer