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.

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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.

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Julie Busch


Julie has worked extensively in senior roles in private and publicly owned retail, food, markets, tourism and property sectors. In addition to 11 years as General Manager at Prahran Market, Julie has significant board experience, including as a member of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Chairman of Dandenong Market, and a board member of Community Health, Sports and Aquatic and Disability service providers.

Joanne Butterworth-Gray


Joanne is a non-executive director of the Gippsland Ports Board and holds qualifications as a Company Director, Company Secretary, Applied Finance, Business and Management, Coaching and Computer Programming. Joanne has a diverse set of work experience – from agriculture to agri-tourism entrepreneur to a chief executive of a state-based NFP and has deep skills in stakeholder engagement and governance, broad commercial acumen and an ability to effect and leverage change.

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David Mandel


David is a long-term Caulfield resident and is currently active on several public, private & not-for-profit boards, focussing on health, sport and technology, including Commonwealth Games Australia, Royal Children’s Hospital and CERA Technologies Pty Ltd (trading as Oculo). David previously worked for multinational corporations in the UK, USA and Australia for over twenty-five years, rising to run the Australian operations of a USA corporation that had five plants and 600 employees. He now brings his expertise in business, governance, finance and strategy to each of his roles.

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Greg Sword


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.

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Peter Watkinson


Peter has worked in the areas of planning, business management, land and environmental management. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors and started his career in local government in 1973. In 1995 Peter joined the Victorian State Government and held many senior executive positions including roles for the management of Crown land and State Planning functions. In 2013 Peter established his own consulting service specialising in coastal planning, stakeholder engagement, governance and public land management. In 2016 Peter was appointed as a board director to Harness Racing Victoria.


Andrew Paxton, General Manager

Andrew brings extensive experience to the Trust, gained from several leadership roles in the government sector, including several local councils, where he held management positions for Cardinia Shire Council, Yarra Ranges Council and Knox City.

With expertise in land use and structure planning across varied and diverse landscapes and for major towns and activity centres, Andrew’s focus is on developing a Land Management Plan for the Reserve that balances stakeholder and community needs.
E: info@crrt.org.au
P: 03 9114 2580

Jodi O’Keefe, Executive Assistant

E: jodi@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.