In a major compliment to the local industry, Frances Nelson QC has become the first South Australian to be appointed to one of the top positions in Australian racing.
Ms Nelson was today elected Chair of Racing Australia, the body that represents Australia’s eight principal racing authorities.
Apart from being the first South Australian to be elected to the position, she is the first female.
Ms Nelson has a long association with the racing industry, beginning as a track-work rider while studying at university. She held a Trainer’s Licence for 22 years and has served in a variety of senior positions in the racing industry, including 20 years on the Oakbank Racing Club Committee.
She chaired two major inquiries into South Australian racing and the betting industries. Ms Nelson was appointed to the Board of TRSA in 2007 and was elected Chair in 2010.
Ms Nelson was admitted to the Bar in 1967 and became just Australia’s fourth female QC in 1982. She is Chair of the Parole Board of South Australia, a position she has held since 1983.
TRSA CEO Jim Watters said he was “delighted” Ms Nelson had been recognised with the appointment.
“Frances has been an outstanding leader for South Australian racing, and it is great to see this recognised at a national level,” he said.
“This is a richly-deserved honour for Frances and also a mark of esteem for racing in this State.”