Chair Sought for Irish Greyhound Board

The role of Chairperson of the Irish Greyhound Board has been advertised on with a new appointment expected to be in place for the summer.

The role will be to take over from Phil Meaney who has held the position since 2011 and who announced at the weekend that he would be stepping down.

The sale of Harold’s Cross Stadium led to a bitter standoff within the industry which shut down racing in Dublin through the early part of 2017.

It did clear a major legacy debt though and the sport is recovering well with a new strategy for the coming years published in April and a new CEO, Gerard Dollard, in place since the end of last year.

The advertisement for the role indicates that the successful candidate will require a proven track record of leadership and consensus building as well as a strong track record of corporate governance, risk management and compliance experience.

The appointment will be made by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The closing date for applications is June 19th and it is expected that a new Chair will be in place in time for the 2018 staging of the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby, among the most valuable races in the sport on a global scale.

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