Day At The Track

New board directors at Alexandra Park

01:37 AM 01 Feb 2018 NZDT
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Keith Sumner Laurie Peckham
Keith Sumner
Laurie Peckham

Two new directors have been appointed to the board of the Auckland Trotting Club – Keith Sumner and Laurie Peckham.

Keith Sumner is Managing Director of corporate travel company Gilpin Travel which he and his wife have owned and managed for 20 years. He has also worked for large multinationals including Newscorp, Carter Holt Harvey and Heinz.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland, graduated from The Icehouse’s Owner Manager Programme, and sits on the Board of First Travel Group.

“Keith’s commercial expertise, particularly in customer engagement and managing a successful business, coupled with his lifetime passion in harness racing make him a welcome addition to the Board,” says Dominique Dowding, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park.

Laurie Peckham’s career extends over 35 years in the construction industry. He is currently a Project Manager and an Associate with Xigo Ltd which specialises in project management for the building, property and infrastructure sectors.

He has held media management roles for large sporting events and was chairman of the Ponsonby Rugby League Club for five years.

“In addition to his construction, project management, and sports administration experience, Laurie brings to the Board a long involvement in racing having owned, bred, and raced Standardbred horses,” says Ms Dowding.

The appointments follow the recent retirement of John Green from the Board, who was specifically appointed in 2014 for his skills in property development and was a member of the Auckland Trotting Club’s Project Control Group.

The Property Control Group is overseeing the current construction of the Club’s significant urban village development on Green Lane West due to open later this year.

“The appointments of Keith Sumner and Laurie Peckham reinforce the Auckland Trotting Club’s strong commercial model and its real strength in property,” says Ms Dowding.

Dominique Dowding – CEO of Alexandra Park – (021) 377-303.



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