Board of Directors


Kate Carnell – Chair Person

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, Beyondblue, Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Australian General Practice Network and National Association of Forest Industries.


Gary Crispe – Executive Director

Gary is a co-founder of Racing and Sports and a highly respected thoroughbred industry expert. Gary’s 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 USA market. key responsibilities include executive leadership, development of rating systems and IP to drive the company’s data and software platform sales. 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


Greg Nichols – Non-Executive Director

Greg Nichols is an internationally renowned leader within thoroughbred horse racing, sport and wagering with global prominence as a senior executive for in excess of 30 years. In addition to his role as Chairman of Racing Australia, Greg is currently a Non-executive Director of Racing Victoria and Chairman of the AFL Coaches’ Association. Greg has also held the position of Managing Director for Sporting Affairs at Betfair. 


Sophie Karzis – Non-Executive Director

  1. Juris LLB and admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as an Australian solicitor and barrister. Member of the Law Institute of Victoria and Governance Institute of Australia

Sophie is a qualified legal practitioner specialising in ASX listing rules and Corporation 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, John Lyng Group Limited, Maggie Beer Holdings Limited, Midway Limited, Whispir Limited. Sophie is a former non-executive director of ASX listed Crowd Media Holdings Limited and currently holds non-executive directorships roles at Afterpay Ventures Limited, Collingwood Football Club Foundation and Crown Media Holdings Limited


James Palmer – Non-Executive Director

After 20 years with a Big 4 professional services firm – ten of those as a partner – in 2015, James

sought to broaden his professional experience and retired from the partnership to pursue a

career comprising Board directorships and Audit committee roles and consulting. Still in the

midst of his working career he is looking to apply the experience he has accumulated from

working in professional services in the UK, US, Sydney and Canberra to the boardroom.

Dynamic, expert in financial accounting, external and internal audit, risk advisory and corporate


governance, James has a rare mix of both public sector and private sector experience.


Experienced Leadership


Chief Executive Officer – Stephen Crispe

Stephen is an experienced executive who has built and sold a technology consulting business while maintaining a significant knowledge and role across various positions at Racing and Sports since it was founded.  Having sold his company to focus on Racing and Sports he has subsequently re-joined the Racing and Sports expansion Team in a full time capacity and take on the role of CEO.  As CEO, Stephen’s role is to build the management team that will continue international expansion with focus on UK, Europe and emerging opportunities in the US.  Stephen will also oversee new opportunities for the development of technology based products and services for B2B and B2C markets.


Chief Financial Officer – Andrew Burns

EMBA, ASGM. Six Sigma Black Belt. Bachelor of Commerce Accounting, University of Canberra, Chartered Accountant, MAICD


Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles and has significant ASX experience undertaking CFO roles for Openpay Ltd and Citadel, where he led the Finance function through their IPOs 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 finance businesses. 


Chief Technical Officer – Robert Vilkaitis

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


Chief Executive Officer UK – Brent Dolan

Working alongside Gary Crispe, Brent brings more than 45 years of high-level experience in the betting and gaming industry in the UK. Brent has the lead responsibility for driving Racing and Sports’ expansion in Europe and the US.


Legal Council – Angela Gunton

Angela is responsible for overseeing all legal and commercial matters within the group.