Australian Turf Club CEO Jamie Barkley Resigns to Pursue New Challenges
Jamie Barkley, the Chief Executive of the Australian Turf Club (ATC), has resigned from his position after achieving important milestones during his tenure. Barkley had been involved in the ongoing growth of Sydney racing since October 2018, including the ATC’s successful operations during the COVID pandemic in 2020 and 2021. He was also the CEO during the opening of Sydney’s world-class raceday spectator and events facility, the WINX Stand at Royal Randwick, in December 2021.
In a statement, the ATC’s Chairman Peter McGauran thanked Barkley for his service to Sydney racing and the club’s members. He also wished him well for the future. Barkley expressed pride in leaving Sydney racing as “one of the most successful jurisdictions in the world” and highlighted the ATC’s achievements in record membership, hospitality, and sponsorship.
The ATC has appointed its Chief Financial Officer, Matt Galanos, as Acting CEO as the club begins the recruitment process to fill Barkley’s position. The board is confident that Galanos will provide stability during this transitional period.
Barkley’s departure comes at a time when the Sydney Autumn Carnival has just concluded, which the ATC has touted as one of the most successful in the world. The carnival included the highly anticipated Longines Golden Slipper Day, which saw over 20,000 people attend the event at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.