Who We Are

The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust is chaired by Mr. Sam Almaliki and comprises six other members, who bring a broad and diverse range of experience in land management, planning, business administration and community participation.

Sam Almaliki


Sam Almaliki is co-founder and CEO of Settle Easy, an online digital conveyancing platform and Commercial Director of Acusensus, a pioneering road safety enforcement solution provider. He is a business leader with expertise in sporting, start-up, and not-for-profit sectors. Currently, Sam is the Deputy Chair of the ABC Advisory Council and Executive Director of the Usman Khawaja Foundation. He is also Director and operator of specialist advisory consultancy, Almaliki & Co. Previously, he was Head of Community Engagement at Cricket Australia. Sam was a former commissioner on the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Chairperson of the Loddon Mallee Regional Advisory Council.

Julie Busch


Julie is a highly experienced chair and non executive director across local and state government entities, not for profit, education skills and training, disability and community health organisations.   She is currently Chair of Peninsula Leisure, Interact Australia and Caulfield South Community House, and is also a director of Intowork Australia, AGA and DPV Health.

Julie is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and brings extensive senior leadership and business experience in private and public owned retail, food markets, tourism and property sectors.

Joanne Butterworth-Gray


Joanne is an experienced and accomplished non-executive director. She is Chair of Southern Rural Water, Seafood Industry Victoria and the Campaspe Port Enterprise, and is also a Board Member of Gippsland Ports. Joanne’s career across private enterprise, NfP and government ensures that she brings relevant expertise to the Trust, including precinct planning, commercial partnerships and community/stakeholder engagement.

Stuart Burdack


Stuart is an accomplished Director & CEO across government, not-for-profit, educational and public purpose enterprises. He has served as a non-executive director on a variety of boards and committees to develop and deliver training & industry certification, economic & industry development and asset protection technology services.

Stuart has worked for more than 30 years as a local government executive and CEO and recently as CEO of a national member-based company protecting critical infrastructure valued at $400 billion.

Stuart holds qualifications as a Company Director and in Business Management and Applied Science.








Penelope Smith


Penelope is a town planner with extensive experience in private practice, local and state government.

A member of the AICD, she has served on various boards and advisory committees including the Heritage Council of Victoria, the Building Appeals Board and the Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel. She is a member of the Ballarat Design Review Panel and Director at Fulcrum Urban Planning.

As a trusted advisor, skilled policy maker and expert in land use and development planning she is passionate about the built environment, place making, transport planning and engaging with communities to positively influence the way people live, work, travel and engage in life.

Greg Sword AM


Greg is a highly experienced industrial relations professional and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Greg’s professional experience includes roles as Chairman of St Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne, National Secretary of the National Union of Workers, Senior Vice President of the ACTU and CEO of LUCRF Industry Super. Greg was also the former CEO of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust. Greg was awarded an Order of Australia for contribution to the Trade Union Movement and to society in general and also received a Lifetime Recognition Award for contribution to Victorian Manufacturing Industry.

Bernadene Voss


Bernadene combines strategic leadership and strong political acumen with her passion for building collaborative and trusted relationships. She has an outstanding track record of advocacy, dealing with media and public speaking. She has a deep understanding of Government at all levels, with specific Local Government experience.

Bernadene was the co-founder, and director of a successful Loyalty Marketing and IT services company in Australia and USA.  She is a business leader with expertise in Not for profits, Community and Start-ups,

Bernadene is the CEO of an NFP The ‘Big Group Hug’ that supports families and children facing hardship.

Bernadene was a former Councillor and 4-time Mayor of the City of Port Phillip, Victoria’s densest and fast-growing municipality.

Currently Bernadene is a trustee on the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Board member of a children’s centre, a school Councillor and on local sporting club committees she knows a lot about community consultation.


Andrew Paxton, General Manager

Andrew brings extensive experience to the Trust, gained from several leadership roles in the Government sector including several local Councils including City of Knox, Shire of Yarra Ranges and Shire of Cardinia. Andrew has previously been on the Phillip Island Nature Park Board and is currently on the Campaspe Port Enterprise Board.

With experience in land use planning, structure planning, design, project delivery and Governance and is well positioned to lead the Trust in developing and delivering the vision artculated through the Land Management Plan as a place for everyone.

E: info@crrt.org.au
P: 03 9114 2580

Register of Interests

Each member of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust is required to declare all financial and non-financial interests. The current Register of Interests can be accessed here.


Prior Trustees

David Mandel


Peter Watkinson


Danni Hunter

2018 – 2021