Giles Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of Racing Victoria. Racing Victoria is the Principal Racing Authority responsible for the governing of thoroughbred racing in Victoria. Racing Victoria’s Vision of “Racing for All” aligns with the goal of having more people, more often enjoying and engaging with Victorian thoroughbred racing. This requires an intense customer focus (owners, punters, racegoers and viewers) while ensuring we deliver on the non-negotiables of equine welfare and integrity.
Giles took on the CEO role in January 2017 having joined Racing Victoria in September 2015 as the CFO. Prior to Racing Victoria Giles spent nine years with Betfair Australia, the world’s leading regulated betting exchange, the last three years as CEO.
Born and raised in rural England, with a BA Hons in Economics from Cambridge University, Giles spent six years with the Financial Times Group in London, New York and Hong Kong after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. Having moved to Australia in 2004 a stint with the Australian Regional Newspapers division of APN News Media in Brisbane preceded a move to Melbourne to take up a role with Betfair.
A love of sport (especially football (all codes), golf, cricket and racing) along with a career in businesses at the forefront of technology driven disruption, have led to an ideal role where evolution is needed to respond to rapidly changing customer expectations.