SAJC Board Members
The business and affairs of the South Australian Jockey Club are decided upon by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are appointed by election and meet once a month or more often if deemed necessary.
Bodelle Francis - Chair
Bodelle has been a member of the SAJC since 2002 and was elected to the Board in 2011. She has been involved with racing from a young age through her family's, Finniss Lodge Thoroughbreds. Currently General Manager of the Francis Group, Bodelle oversees all facets of the business for five hotels. Prior to rejoining the family business, she worked in a number of international hotels interstate including Hyatt International and Mirvac Hotels & Resorts.
Graduating with a Bachelor Degree in International Hotel Management from ICHM, in 2007 she was awarded the Australian Hotels Association's National "Young Hotel Manager of the Year". Bodelle is also a board director for the ICHM College Council and SipNSave (LMG SA). Bodelle is passionate about the future of racing in South Australia and hopes to combine this passion with her business expertise to strengthen the position of the SAJC.
Bob Holton - Vice Chairman
Bob Holton was elected to the SAJC Board in November 2015 and has been a member for more than 20 years.
Bob has a long association with racing and was a licensed bookmaker for 26 years. For 8 years he was the Chairman of the South Australian Bookmakers' League and represented SA in National Conferences. He and his wife Chris part own a number of racehorses and greatly enjoy the thrills and friendships involved.
Bob was the Managing Director of successful retail lighting businesses for 37 years. He is determined to use his lived experience in racing and business to work cooperatively with other Board Members to promote the best interestes of members and stakeholders.
Ron Pratt - Deputy Vice Chairman
Ron Pratt was elected to the SAJC Board in November 2013 and has been an SAJC Member for over 20 years. He has had a lifelong passion for horse racing. His deep knowledge and respect for the industry was developed through his associations with Wimmera Racing, and HR management with Racing Victoria. Ron’s experience, combined with his resource management skills will be beneficial as the Club strives towards future success.
Tony has been a member of the SAJC since 2003 and was elected to the Board in 2009 where he has held executive positions including three and a half years as Club Chairman. A lifelong lover of thoroughbred racing, he races horses with family and friends. Prior to retiring from full time employment Tony enjoyed a distinguished career with Mitsubishi Motors where he held senior executive positions in Finance, Supply, Sales & Marketing and Information Technology.
Away from racing Tony is Chairman of Alzheimer's Australia, South Australia and Vice President of Alzheimer's Australia.
Chris has been a member of the SAJC since 2003 and was elected to the Board in 2009. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1977. He is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience specialising in industrial and workers compensation matters from employers. He has been a partner at Thomson Playford and Donaldson Walsh. He is currently a consultant for national Law Firm Sparke Helmore Lawyers. He has also had extensive management experiences as Deputy Register of the District and other Government positions. He is a trained mediator and has qualifications in training and management and occupational health and safety.
Chris is a passionate racehorse owner with a number of wins in recent times.
John was elected to the SAJC Board in November 2015 and is a regular attendee at Morphettville with his wife Allie. He has a long time interest in horse racing and is an enthusiastic horse owner. He has a Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Adelaide and has worked in a variety of roles in the defence industry both in Australia and the USA for the past 15 years.
John is passionate about the sustainability and success of thoroughbred racing at Morphettville and is focused on expanding and energising the membership, maintaining and improving facilities to a high standard and ensuring an exciting race day atmosphere for all industry participants. He will bring his commitment to excellence and extensive experience in team-based environments to his work with other Board members and industry stakeholders.
Kevin was a successful jockey in Melbourne for 15 years and served on the Victorian Jockeys Association for 9 years, becoming President of that Association before retiring in 1980. He held a top training licence in Victoria successfully traininig there to serving as Vice-President of ATA Victorian Branch and also President of the Cranbourne Trainers Club creating the Crambourne Training Complex.
He has attended race meetings in South Australia for 16 years and been a SAJC member since 2003. Kevin is looking forward to his first term as a SAJC Board Member.
Christine has been a member of the SAJC for over 20 years and was elected to the Board in 2016. Christine is passionate about racing and rarely misses a Morphettville meeting. Her interest in racing comes from a long family history in the sport. Her Great Great Grandfather was a trainer and her Great Grandfather a jockey. Christine has raced horses with the Jolly stable and had an interest in the Dam of Happy Trails.
Christine has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and is currently the Deputy Principal at St Aloysius College, an all girls' school from Reception to Year 12 where her principle responsibilities are the welfare of 1300 students and 150 staff. In this role, she is part of strategic planning, financial management, human resources management, marketing and infrastructure planning and projects. Christine brings all these experiences and skills to the SAJC Board.