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New Chief Executive appointed at RAS

Posted on : 28 June 2016

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has today announced the appointment of Mr Brock Gilmour to the role of Chief Executive.

Mr Gilmour, an employee of the RAS for over 20 years and most recently General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services, will confidently step into the role after the resignation of Mr Michael Kenny, following over four years of service.

Brock Gilmour has experience in over ten roles at the RAS, including positions within Food & Beverage, Operations and most recently, Finance. With three degrees in areas of Mathematics, Science and Accounting, Mr Gilmour has a thorough understanding of all business operations, with an education to match.

RAS President, Robert Ryan, said while he is saddened to lose such an inspiring colleague in Mr Kenny, he is extremely pleased with the Board’s permanent appointment of Mr Gilmour.

“Brock Gilmour has already proved his passion and commitment to our organisation, and it’s an exciting opportunity for the business to have his intellect and skill at the centre point of all decisions moving forward,” Mr Ryan said.

“It’s a great time to be in agriculture, and it’s fulfilling to have the Board’s and Councillors’ belief in our new Chief Executive, who will lead this organisation into an even better space.

“Michael Kenny has created a strong and positive culture within the RAS. He will be missed by the whole business, however he will leave a long-lasting legacy with the excellent initiatives he implemented during his four years in the role, including enhancing RAS infrastructure and revenue streams,” said Mr Ryan.

Mr Gilmour said he was honoured and humbled by the new appointment and hopes to lead the organisation forward in this new era.

“I’m flattered to be approved by the Board and appointed Chief Executive at the RAS, an organisation with incredible history,” said Mr Gilmour.

“After 194 years, it’s a testament to the business that it not only still delivers Australia’s largest ticketed event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, but hosts many of the state’s major exhibitions, sporting teams, concerts and community festivals right in the heartland of Western Sydney at Sydney Showground.

“There will be challenges that lie ahead, however I’m looking forward to being on the front line and working with the fantastic RAS team ensuring our organisation makes all the right decisions,” Mr Gilmour said. 

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