The Man Poised To Become Racing QLD Integrity Boss

Victoria’s greyhound integrity boss is expected to be ushered in as the new top dog of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.

Ben Dorries

9 November 2021

Victoria’s greyhound integrity boss is expected to be ushered in as the new top dog of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, pending final Government tick-off.

QRIC has been without a full-time commissioner since the resignation of Ross Barnett last year, with Mark Ainsworth working in an acting role up until his retirement in June.

News Corp Australia understands Shane Gillard, the general manager of Racing Victoria’s Greyhound Integrity Unit, will be the new QRIC boss pending final sign-off from the Queensland Government.

Paul Brown currently fills the acting commissioner role while the Government has been on the hunt for suitable candidates.

Applications for the position closed several months ago on June 28.

Queensland racing participants have been lobbying for a “racing person” to fill the commissioner role which has been held by high-profile police officers Barnett and Ainsworth.

Gillard has been the head honcho of Victoria’s greyhound integrity team since 2016.

In his LinkedIn business profile, Gillard says: “I am an accomplished and highly experienced executive leader specialised in sports integrity, regulation, governance and investigation, spending most of my career working in complex regulatory environments.

“I do what’s right always by example and am currently influencing change in the field of sporting integrity.”

It is believed Gillard has informed Greyhound Racing Victoria of his pending move to the Sunshine State.

Multiple Group 1 winning Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote told News Corp in August that it was imperative to get a person who understands racing to lead the Commission and help to best implement high standards across the board.

“We need a racing person in the chair, somebody who understands racing to try and help correct the last five years,” he said.

“My opinions on this organisation are well known, it is an abject failure at upholding the integrity in the industry.”