About / Who we are
The Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission is the independent regulator for the greyhound industry in NSW. The Commission was established by the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 following recommendations from the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel, after the reversal of the greyhound racing ban. The Commission was established to promote and protect the welfare of greyhounds, safeguard the integrity of greyhound racing and maintain public confidence in the greyhound racing industry.
The Commissioners' priorities and achievements for 2020 can be viewed here.
Our Leadership Team:
Chief Commissioner, Alan Brown AM
A solicitor for 45 years, Alan specialised in banking, finance, property and commercial law. During that period, he was the managing partner of several law firms. He was also the independent chair of Moss Capital Funds Management Limited, and a member of the advisory board of Moss Capital Pty Ltd before its listing on the ASX as Elanor Investments Limited. Alan retired from full-time legal practice in 2017.
Alan has a long association with thoroughbred racing. He held leadership roles in that industry from 1983 until 2014, principally with the Sydney Turf Club, Racing NSW, Racing Corp and the Australian Pattern Committee. He was also a director of the Australian Racing Board.
In addition, Alan has had a very longstanding exposure to greyhound racing. His grandfather bred and raced greyhounds with notable success, and Alan’s son also raced greyhounds successfully.
In August 2017, the NSW Government appointed Alan as the Chief Commissioner of the newly-established Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission for a 3-year term.
In 2019, Alan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the thoroughbred racing industry.
Commissioner Chris Wheeler PSM
Chris is a former Deputy NSW Ombudsman. He has longstanding experience in complaint handling and investigations, as well as extensive experience in management and public administration. Chris is a town planner and lawyer who has worked in a variety of roles in State and local government in NSW and Victoria. Also, he has worked as a solicitor in the private sector.
Chris was appointed as a Commissioner for the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission for a two year term in October 2019.