Board of Directors

The Directors of the Company bring to the Board relevant experience and skills, including industry and business knowledge, financial management and corporate governance.


Kate Carnell AONon-Executive Chair

Kate Carnell is an experienced company director and CEO. Kate has held positions at the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, and the position of CEO at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Beyond
Blue, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australian General Practice Network, and National Association of Forest Industries. Kate is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Queensland.


Gary Crispe – Executive Director and Chief Commercial Officer

Gary is a co-founder of Racing and Sports and a highly respected thoroughbred industry expert. Gary heads the executive team within Racing and Sports, driving strategic growth and overseeing the expansion of the business model globally,
with a specific immediate focus on the UK and US markets. Gary has been part of the executive team that has led Racing and Sports since 1999 and has developed the strategy that has seen the overseas expansion. Gary holds bachelor degrees in economics and civil engineering.


Greg Nichols – Non-Executive Director

Greg Nichols is an internationally renowned leader within thoroughbred horseracing, sport and wagering, with global prominence as a senior executive for more than 30 years. Greg is a Director of Racing Australia, having previously also
held the position of Chairman. Greg is currently a Non-Executive Director of Racing Victoria and Chairman of the AFL Coaches’ Association. Greg was formerly the Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Board and has also held the position of Managing Director for Sporting Affairs at Betfair UK. Greg holds Graduate Membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


Sophie Karzis – Non-Executive Director; Chair of the Nomination and
Remuneration Committee

  1. Sophie is a qualified legal practitioner specialising in ASX Listing Rules and corporations law. Sophie has provided general counsel and company secretarial services to a number of ASX-listed companies, such as Adacel Technologies
    Limited, Afterpay Limited, Gale Pacific Limited, Johns Lyng Group Limited, Maggie Beer Holdings Limited, Midway Limited and Whispir Limited. Sophie currently holds non-executive directorship roles at Touch Ventures Limited and Collingwood
    Football Club Foundation. Sophie is a former non-executive director of ASX-listed Crowd Media Holdings Limited. Sophie holds bachelor degrees in law and jurisprudence from Monash University.

James Palmer – Non-Executive Director; Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

James is an experienced CFO and Board Director, currently providing CFO advisory services to early-stage, fast growth companies and serving on the boards of Lava Blue Ltd, Epicorp Ltd, ACT Auditor General (Chair of Audit & Risk Committee) and Project Independence Ltd (Audit & Risk Committee). James’ previous experience includes CFO of ArchTIS (ASX:AR9), CFO of Seeing Machines Ltd (AIM:SEE), as an audit partner at Ernst & Young where he was managing partner of the Canberra audit practice for six years, and as a board member for a series of private and not-for-profit organisations. James is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. James holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Manchester University.



Profiles of the Company’s executive management team and company secretaries are set out below. 


Stephen Crispe – Chief Executive Officer

Stephen is an experienced business builder who has founded, operated and sold a successful technology services and consulting business. He is a proven leader and has demonstrated business acumen. Over the past 20 years, Stephen has held various positions at Racing and Sports, across technology, strategy and business development, providing him with an extremely comprehensive perspective in his role as Chief Executive Officer


Robert Vilkaitis – Chief Technical Officer

Robert is one of Australia’s foremost horseracing information technology specialists, and co-founder of Racing and Sports. Robert’s key responsibilities include executive leadership, technology vision and product development, leading IT planning, software and the delivery schedule for high transaction applications.


Andrew Burns – Chief Financial Officer

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles and has significant ASX experience undertaking CFO roles for Openpay Ltd, where he led the finance function through its IPO in 2019 and multiple subsequent capital raises, and The Citadel Group Limited (ASX:CGL), where he undertook the role of CFO for 11 years. Andrew has strong technical competencies in financial management, accounting and process improvement techniques with a focus in B2B technology and businesses.


Brent Dolan – Commercial Director, UK

Brent brings more than 45 years’ of high-level experience in the betting and gaming industry in the UK. Brent has proven results from his time working with large racing-related companies at the executive management level. He also maintains
the relationships with industry C-suite contacts around the world. Brent has lead responsibility for driving Racing and Sports’ expansion in the UK, Europe and the US.


Angela Gunton – Head of Corporate Services and Joint Company Secretary

Angela is a lawyer, human resources and business operations specialist, with over 5 years’ experience working in contracts and commercial law, and more than 10 years’ experience in human resources and business operations. Since 2005, Angela has been a key part of the management team of Racing and Sports and was appointed Company Secretary in 2021. Angela holds bachelor degrees in science and law and a Certificate IV in Human Resources.


Justin Mouchacca CA FGIA – Joint Company Secretary

Justin is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia with over 14 years’ experience in public company responsibilities including statutory, corporate governance and financial reporting requirements. Since July
2019, Justin has been principal of JM Corporate Services and has been appointed Company Secretary and Financial Officer for a number of entities listed on the ASX and unlisted public companies.


Corporate Governance

Postal Address

P.O. Box 3626

Weston Creek, ACT 2611

Canberra, Australia

Office Phone: +61 2 6288 4080 or 02 7229 4080

Office Fax: +61 2 6287 1788