Perth Racecourse has confirmed the appointment of highly respected former chartered accountant John Gellatly as its new Chairman.
Mr Gellatly, a Perth native who has been involved with the racecourse since 1986, takes over the role from the late David Whitaker.
The former Perth Academy pupil who graduated in law from Edinburgh University, was a partner in his family business Miller McIntyre & Gellatly CA until retiring in 2011, and Perth Racecourse chief executive Hazel Peplinski says the appointment is a major boost for everyone involved with the racecourse, she said:
“We’re delighted to have John onboard as our Chairman, as he brings a wealth of experience and acumen that will be invaluable as we continue to build upon the good work done by our predecessors.
“Importantly, in addition to his impressive professional background, John is a local man and someone who has deep roots with the racecourse and under his guidance I’m sure we will go from strength to strength.”
Mr Gellatly said: “I go a long way back with this racecourse and it will be an honour to serve as its Chairman and continue the work of David Whitaker.
“I’ve been involved with the racecourse for 30 years under the chairmanships of Noel Jardine-Paterson, Ronald Thorburn and latterly David. In this time I’ve seen tremendous progress such as the development of the Dewhurst Stand, the conversion of the old saddling boxes to paddock hospitality and Owners and Trainers facilities, the Nelson Stand and the picnic area.
“The one constant at Perth over the years has been the desire to continue improving the facilities for the benefit of our visitors and with the recent completion of new stables and the imminent opening of the new hotel, I’m delighted to take on this role at such an exciting time for everyone at the racecourse.”