Our Board and Chief Executive
Chair – Kristy McDonald ONZM KC
Kristy McDonald ONZM KC was appointed Chair of the Racing Integrity Board (RIB) from 22 August 2022. Before that she was Deputy Chair of the RIB and Deputy Chair of the RIB Establishment Board. She was Chair of the Judicial Control Authority for Racing from 2008 to 2015.
Kristy is an experienced barrister and King’s Counsel with a wealth of legal, governance and regulatory experience. She has undertaken a range of government and public inquiries. She is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and holds a number of private and public board appointments, including Chair of Kiwifruit New Zealand, Chair of Wairarapa Building Society and Member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal. Kristy is an experienced Director and in the recent past has held a number of governance positions including as a director of the ACC, member of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) and director of TAB NZ.
She was made an ONZM in 2019 for services to the law and to governance.
Board member – Dr Patricia Pearce
Trish Pearce is a New Zealand-trained and widely published veterinarian with over 25 years’ experience working for government agencies. She is a current Establishment Board member.
Following roles leading animal welfare compliance, event and emergency mitigation and response at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (now MPI), Trish’s most recent focus has been specifically in equine health and welfare. Through her involvement with the New Zealand Equine Health Association, Trish has an excellent appreciation and understanding of the animal welfare issues and concerns in the horse racing industry, and equine welfare best practice.
Board member – Brent Williams
Brent was an Establishment Board member prior to his appoint to the Racing Integrity Board. He worked as a harness racing Stipendiary Steward for 20 years before taking up executive roles in the agri-export sector. Since 2014 he has been on the board of the Judicial Control Authority for Racing. He is currently a board member of the NZ Egg Producers Federation.
Brent’s understanding of the role and purpose of the racing integrity system, acquired at the functional and governance level, will be invaluable to the Racing Integrity Board’s role and strategic focus. Brent has for many years pursued breeding and occasional racing interests in the harness code.
Board member – Penny Mudford ONZM
Ms Penny Mudford is a company director, arbitrator and mediator with more than 20 years’ experience in dispute resolution in the primary industries sector. She is a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand and currently sits on various dispute resolution panels and disciplinary committees.
Ms Mudford has held governance roles on the Veterinary Council of New Zealand, New Zealand Walking Access Commission, and Eastern and Central Community Trust. She is a former Chair of the Electrical Workers Registration Board and Rural Women New Zealand. She was Chair of the Racing Safety Development Fund Industry Working Group between 2013-2021.
In 2018 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contributions to arbitration and the primary industry sector.
Board member – Neville Harris QSO
Neville Harris was appointed to the Board in October 2022. He was on the board of the Judicial Control Authority for Racing from 2008 to 2020 having previously been a racing judicial committee and appeals tribunal panel member from 1997-2008.
He is also on the board of Crown Regional Holdings Ltd and Kiwifruit New Zealand. Neville’s governance experience includes 9 years as a trustee of Christchurch Stadium Trust and 3 years as a trustee of the Eden Park Trust Board of which he is a life member.
He has a law degree and was awarded a QSO for services to the State in 2013. Neville has held occasional ownership interests in both equine codes.
Chief Executive – Mike Clement
Mike took retirement from the New Zealand Police last year after 42 years of service. He was Deputy Commissioner National Operations at Police Headquarters from 2014 and prior to that he was District Commander Auckland City.
Mike has extensive leadership and management experience in regulatory and investigative matters within wider legal and justice settings. He has a proven ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders in a way which inspires trust and confidence, and delivers positive outcomes. He is a board member of the Louise Nicholas Trust, a charitable trust which advocates for the survivors of sexual abuse.