The current Committee is empowered with extensive knowledge across Business, Finance, Corporate Governance, Thoroughbred Racing, Events and between them have extensive insight into the Townsville community and regional Queensland.

Malcolm Petroski- President Townsville Turf  

Malcolm Petrofski, husband to Townsville owner trainer Michelle Petrofski and
an owner of horses for over 15 years. Managing Director of Logistics NQ his
business extends across Rockhampton, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville. Malcolm
is a Member of the Racing Queensland Thoroughbred Advisory Panel and
part owner of equine food business Feed 2 Go. A passionate Member of the
Racing community Malcolm’s vast business knowledge has been an asset to the
Townsville Turf Club as it navigates through the challenges of the past. Malcolm
has revitalized conversation with critical stakeholders including Government,
Industry organisations, industry participants and community to fast track
through the challenging times. His solution orientated persona and ‘not afraid to
ask the hard question’s’ attitude has the TTC peddling in a forward direction.

 Ross Donovan- Vice President

Ross is a passionate owner and Townsville Turf Club Member. Ross purchased his
first horse in 1975 on the Gold Coast and is committed to the success of the local
Racing industry with a focus on assisting local trainers. In fact, he has personal
shares in horses with Bill Canning, Jeffrey O’Dea, Roy Chillemi and Tracy Simmons.
As a previous Committee man of 18 years and a life Member of the club
his historical knowledge and business and finance acumen is a valuable
asset to the TTC. Ross is eager to support and drive activities that
continue to bring the club and its facilities into more modern times whilst
financially building a stronger foundation for future generations.
Natalie Rintala- Treasurer

Natalie has worked within the Finance sector for 30 years. This has been in both
the Public and Private Sectors and been part of previous sporting Boards and
Committees. Natalie brings some fresh eyes, ideas and is excited about ensuring the
Townsville Turf Club continues to strengthen into the future.

Esther Slocombe- Business Regulation and Compliance

Esther has worked at the Port of Townsville Limited for over a decade and is
currently the Port’s Company Secretary and Legal Counsel. Ms Slocombe oversees
POTL’s governance, legal, regulatory, government stakeholder liaison, strategic/
corporate planning, contractual review, right to information, information privacy,
records management, risk management, audit and administration functions.
Prior to joining POTL she held a position of legal practitioner in a private legal
practice in Townsville for three years. Esther was admitted as a Legal Practitioner
of the Supreme Court of Queensland and holds a Diploma of Management.
She is a member of the Queensland Law Society, Graduate of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a trustee on the Townsville Traditional
Owners Charitable Trust and Managing Director of the Townsville Maritime
Museum. A true North Queenslander, having been born in Mareeba, raised in
Cardwell and having attended school in Ingham prior to moving to Townsville
to complete studies at James Cook University and later pursuing her career in
the region. Ms Slocombe commenced as a TCC Committee Member in May.

Peter Malpass- Committee Member

As a business owner of over 50 years Peter's expansive experience includes
land development, beef production and agisment services. Currently the
owner of a horse complex specialising in breaking in, pretraining, agistment
and spelling, he services Race horses across NSW and QLD. Not only a lover
of horses he has been a Member of the Townsville Turf club for over 15 years.
Originally from Home Hill Peter has enjoyed a dual residency between Sydney
and Townsville, but always enjoys heading north. Peter joined the Committee
as he was concerned for the direction of the club and wanted to do his bit
to safeguard the success of the organisation and the local industry.

Committee Member - Graham Nicholls

Graham has been involved in the building industry across North Queensland
for over 40 years. After managing a multinational steel roll forming company
for over 15 years he stepped out into private business sector and has
remained in the Steel construction industry since. Moving to Townsville in
the early 90’s he has been a well-known leader in the shed and steel frame
construction business and continues on in the industry with the family interests.
Graham has been a Member of the Townsville Turf Club for 22 Years.


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