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GRNZ welcomes Liz Whelan as Chief Operating Officer

 

The team at Greyhound Racing New Zealand are very pleased to announce that Liz Whelan will be joining us as Chief Operating Officer on 10 January 2022.

Liz will join our leadership team and will be working closely with Mark, Michael, Sue and Candice

Liz, who has BA/LLB Hons and an in-depth knowledge of racing both in New Zealand and Australia is a media and communications specialist, with strong experience in television, print  and radio. 

She comes to the table with a very broad experience of Greyhound Racing and will be able to add value to the entire team.

 

 

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The Greyhounds may be in disarray in many respects, but Liz certainly knows the industry, as does Michael Dore. Probably more industry knowledge than some of those running the other codes. Is the shot putter still involved?

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She will be an asset to the Greyhound code. Along with Michael Dore Greyhounds will do well under their leadership. I would have to go all the way back to Jeff Lenz since the Greyhound code had solid leadership. Everything since has been a disaster in their appointments. Well done NZGRA for finally getting something right.

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20 hours ago, aquaman said:

She will be an asset to the Greyhound code. Along with Michael Dore Greyhounds will do well under their leadership. I would have to go all the way back to Jeff Lenz since the Greyhound code had solid leadership. Everything since has been a disaster in their appointments. Well done NZGRA for finally getting something right.

Perhaps but does anyone know if this is a new role for GRNZ like it is for NZTR?

If it is what is the job description?

What will Liz do that hasn't been done before?

 

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Don't know about the role description, but do know Liz along with Michael will bring the correct culture and understanding that is involved with running Greyhounds. Michael with his wagering knowledge and Liz with the dog side of things. They should present as a powerful team complimenting one another with their expertise.

All past CEO's and racing managers, that is in the last 25yrs have been useless, and only seat warmers sponging on the position to further their own careers, none of which had very little experience with dogs or racing in general. So from where i sit, this is a vast improvement.

 

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3 hours ago, aquaman said:

Michael with his wagering knowledge and Liz with the dog side of things.

Going by what some posters write on BOAY I would have thought that a couple of no nonsense kick arse administrators would have been the call.

Dore has been a senior manager at GRNZ for two years now.  What's changed?  He had 29 years at the TAB - hardly the best credentials for sorting shyte out.

As for Whelan - might have a passion for the industry and patting dogs but isn't her work  experience primarily syrup fronting Trackside?

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11 hours ago, Chief Stipe said:

Perhaps but does anyone know if this is a new role for GRNZ like it is for NZTR?

The COO will require a new seat & desk. The role has never existed with GRNZ before.

As far as I can gather, this "new position" was not offered to the market. Therefore it's a back door move and a position written to suit what she has to offer to it, whatever that might be.

GRNZ services 10 racing clubs with a total of only 5 race day venues currently. 

GRNZ has 10 suits currently at headquarters, Ms Whelan will make that 11. On top of that there are 7 board members.

So 18 suits to oversee 10 clubs & 5 tracks.

Something is very very wrong.

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2 questions.

what does the chief operating role do?

This is no way an attack on Liz as shes a good person but what has Liz done to warrant being in this role? Shes a media presenter. This role seems out of her depth if it holds any real importance at all.

Knowing the industry and people in it shouldnt be the only reason to get a role. Thats absurd

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On 25/11/2021 at 11:05 AM, aquaman said:

She will be an asset to the Greyhound code. Along with Michael Dore Greyhounds will do well under their leadership. I would have to go all the way back to Jeff Lenz since the Greyhound code had solid leadership. Everything since has been a disaster in their appointments. Well done NZGRA for finally getting something right.

Hey Aquaman, remember this fiasco your two heroes caused not so long ago?

 

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We all make mistakes, and this was no biggy by any stretch. I stand by what i said, Michael and Liz will be an improvement on the day to day running of Greyhounds. I would temper that by saying, ditching some of the dead wood out of the Board would be a good idea.

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2 hours ago, aquaman said:

We all make mistakes, and this was no biggy by any stretch. I stand by what i said, Michael and Liz will be an improvement on the day to day running of Greyhounds. I would temper that by saying, ditching some of the dead wood out of the Board would be a good idea.

Couldn't you call Michael Dore "ex TAB Dead Wood"?

What positive changes has in made in the 2 years he has been at GRNZ?  Or has he been waiting for Liz to get on board.

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16 minutes ago, Chief Stipe said:

Couldn't you call Michael Dore "ex TAB Dead Wood"?

What positive changes has in made in the 2 years he has been at GRNZ?  Or has he been waiting for Liz to get on board.

Its only my view, and i have no facts or contributions to further this subject. Its a time waster, and more important things to think about.

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On 14/06/2021 at 11:02 AM, aquaman said:

The whole concept is crap, and nothing but a waste of industry funds. Its not even fair on the contestants. Because its spread over 30 minutes it means the conditions vary, ie, daylight for the first runners, and lights for the last runners, not to mention showers in between first and last. These novelty events do nothing for the sport other than stroke the ego's of a privileged few. They will go broke quickly putting this rubbish out there as i'm sure punters couldn't give a toss about these joke events.

 

On 14/06/2021 at 5:17 PM, aquaman said:

Just had a thought, maybe they should rename it, The Amazing Rort. Be no problem then as everyone would have their eyes open.

Aquaman, the above two quotes are from the "Amazing Chase" Thread.

 

The following quote is from this thread.

 

On 26/11/2021 at 10:05 AM, aquaman said:

Don't know about the role description, but do know Liz along with Michael will bring the correct culture and understanding that is involved with running Greyhounds. Michael with his wagering knowledge and Liz with the dog side of things. They should present as a powerful team complimenting one another with their expertise.

All past CEO's and racing managers, that is in the last 25yrs have been useless, and only seat warmers sponging on the position to further their own careers, none of which had very little experience with dogs or racing in general. So from where i sit, this is a vast improvement.

 

 

I don't recall you changing your stance about Trump or Covid vaccinations, why the about-face here?

If Liz was replacing Mr. Dore, I'd be jumping for joy. But to bring Liz into headquarters through the back door into a position seeming written just for her is simply wrong. If the position in headquarters was deemed as needed by a competent board, which everyone knows they don't have, then GRNZ should have called for application for the position long before it was awarded to anyone.

Long live the Rendle monarchy.

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On 11/29/2021 at 12:17 PM, aquaman said:

I repeat, we all make mistakes in life, some of us get hung up on the past, others move on. I have moved on.

Agree , we all make mistakes . Some failures in the sport have nothing better to do tho than whine and whinge about everything , not a positive comment in sight from those . Sad and bitter failures in the sport . 

 

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