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.

Interim CEO, Steve Griffin

Steve Griffin has over 30 years’ experience in senior leadership roles within the NSW and Queensland public service, particularly within a regulatory context.

He began his career with the NSW Police Force in 1985 where he was member of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Organised Crime Unit, National Crime Authority and Internal Affairs. He left the Police Force in 1998 having attained the rank of Detective Senior Sergeant and joined the newly formed NSW Fair Trading, helping to establish a compliance branch, before moving on to oversee the NSW Department of Corrective Services as Director of the Office of the Inspector General of Corrective Services, including a term as Acting Inspector General.

Steve later returned to NSW Fair Trading to establish the NSW Home Building Service and later , as Deputy Commissioner of NSW Fair Trading, led the national harmonisation of consumer affairs regulation. As Deputy CEO of Service NSW Steve went on to play a leading role in establishing a world leading one-stop-shop for Government services before taking up the position as Commissioner (CEO) of the Queensland Building & Construction Commission.

Steve has also managed his own consultancy business, primarily helping government agencies to implement transformational change.

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.

Commissioner Peter Collins

Peter has a diverse professional background in aviation, travel and general management. For 24 years he worked in the Qantas aviation and travel businesses, including as CEO of the Qantas-owned Jetset Travelworld. Also, Peter has worked with the Panthers Group as Chief Commercial Officer and as CEO of the Men of League Foundation, a peer support group for retired rugby league players. Peter has qualifications in economics and business.

Peter was appointed as a Commissioner for the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission for a two year term in October 2019.