Announcement: WPNEC management and structural changes

Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre (WPNEC) Inc has announced some management and structural changes.

In recent months the WPNEC Committee has carried out a review of the WPNEC finances and management structure, resulting in a restructure of WPNEC to ensure its viability for the future. As a result, the position of General Manager has been made redundant and will be replaced with a Facility Coordinator.

Deborah Lovett will therefore be finishing in her role as General Manager.

Peter Dunne, Chair of WPNEC Inc, said “In her time at WPNEC Deborah brought great enthusiasm and vision to the venue. She brought in a number of new user groups and contributed many ideas on how to improve the facility, several of which have and will be implemented.

“Her positive outlook and good sense of humor will be missed by her colleagues in the office.

“We thank Deborah for her contribution and wish her all the best in her next role.”

The WPNEC Committee currently comprises two representatives from Equestrian Victoria (EV) (Peter Dunne and Deborah McNicol), and two from the Victorian Polo Association (polo) (Brett Burns and Troy McBean). Mr Dunne is the Committee Chair and has stepped down as Chair of EV to take on this role.

The Committee is developing a new governance framework and moving to achieve greater delineation between WPNEC and EV and polo, though it will continue to work in close co-operation with the two organisations as the 50-50 stakeholders in WPNEC.

“The lease application process is under way and we are working on a master plan and a number of other initiatives that will help us undertake refurbishment and plan for future development of the facility,” said Mr Dunne.

The Board will shortly commence advertising for a Facilities Coordinator, to oversee the operations and supervise maintenance of WPNEC, reporting to the WPNEC Committee. Mr Dunne will assume this role until this appointment is made. Events will continue to be managed by their organising committees and disciplines, in close co-operation with WPNEC and EV.

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