The Auckland Trotting Club has appointed Dominique Dowding as its chief executive officer. It is the first time in the club's century-plus history that a woman will oversee northern harness racing headquarters. Fifty one-year-old Dowding, who originates from Canada, replaces Graeme Running who resigned after five years at the helm last month.
Christchurch-based Dowding will take up her role next Wednesday (October 17). She hails from West Vancouver in British Colombia but has been residing and working out of Canterbury since 1988.
"My husband was a steward at Canterbury Park Trotting Club for some years and I supported him at all meetings. We also in the past were part of a syndicate who owned pacers and trotters so the industry is not foreign to me," Dowding told Harnesslink.
She said she had over 30 years experience having performed Managing Director, CEO, Deputy CEO, and Senior Management roles within facilities management, sales, marketing, entertainment, events, food & beverage (ownership of restaurants/operations), sponsorship, investment, property development, technology (all forms) and governance.
"Within NZ I have owned my own business since 1995 that has investments in: Digital Media, Innovation, Technology, and Property Development/investment and I have consulted to many companies in the areas of strategy, change, sales, marketing, innovation and investment.," Dowding said.
Dowding said her Governance experience was as a past director of 9 years for a Christchurch City Council Trading Organisation (CTO) known as Vbase.
"This involved bringing The Christchurch Town Hall, The Christchurch Convention Centre, CBS Arena and AMI Stadium under one operating company and I was extremely proud of the achievements made by the management and staff and to have served as a director on the board of that organisation."
"I also have been a member of Industrial Research Ltd's Commercial Advisory Board, a Director of NZCU South (a Credit Union in the South Island) and an Advisory Board Member of Women in Technology."
"Prior to starting my business, I was at The Christchurch Town Hall for eight years where I was Director of Sales, Marketing, Events, and Entertainment (international and domestic markets) and was responsible for strategy, change management and IT and acted as Deputy CEO.."
Prior to her Christchurch Town Hall appointment Dowding was Director of Sales, Marketing, Functions and Events Manager at The George Hotel and acted as Deputy CEO/GM where she started when she first moved to New Zealand from Canada.
"I'm really looking forward to the challenge at Alexandra Park and to adding value to the overall experience. I enjoy harness racing and am looking forward to building on the successful achievements that have been accomplished by Graeme Running and the team." Dowding said.
By Duane RANGER (editor)