Board

Paul Innes OAM | Chief Executive Officer

Following a long career working for the ATO, Paul was appointed Secretary of the NSWJA in 1998 and then became the inaugural CEO of the Australian Jockeys Association when it was established in 2001. Paul is a qualified accountant, being a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA) and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2011 he was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for service to jockeys. He has held the position of Chairman of the National Jockeys Trust (NJT) since it was established by the AJA in 2004.

“It is an honour to represent the courageous men and women jockeys throughout Australia, and I am passionate about improving their welfare and conditions.”

Des O'Keeffe | Chairman

Des was assistant to the CEO at Victoria Racing Club in 1989;
Racing manager for leading Flemington trainer John Meagher 1989-1999;
Bloodstock agent based with John Meagher at Kranji Racecourse, Singapore 2000;
Rider agent for Brett Prebble, Blake Shinn, Patrick Payne, Noel Callow, Rhys McLeod and Ryan Maloney 2000-2005;
Executive Officer Victorian Jockeys Association 2005- current;
General Manager Australian jockeys Association 2007- current…
"Racing is my life and I’m privileged to be working for jockeys around Australia."

Kevin Ring | OHS Officer

Kevin was an apprentice Jockey to Trainer Cyril Kearns at Rosehill from 1975-1979;
A Jockey from 1979 – 2003;
Tasmanian Jockeys Association President 1996-1998;
TJA General Manager 2001-present;
AJA Director 2002 – present;
AJA National OH&S Officer 2009 – present;
Committee member of the SAJA, WAJA and NTJA;
Cert IV OH&S Qualified;
Presently doing Diploma of Work, Health and Safety course.

"Racing is both a passion and a lifestyle for me".

Bob Whyburn | Assistant CEO

Bob has been a Sydney-based Solicitor for over 40 years dealing mainly in employment and administrative law. He has appeared in industrial courts and tribunals in NSW, and at a federal level, and has also appeared in many Royal Commissions and Special Commissions of Inquiry.

Bob’s involvement, and interest, in horse racing began as a child when he was growing up in the Hunter Valley area of NSW. He has, over the years, owned, bred and raced thoroughbreds, and is a keen follower of the sport.

In his role as an AJA Director he has been able to assist the Association to develop into a truly national body representing jockeys across Australia. He has also represented the AJA on various committees and boards as well as representing individual jockeys in disciplinary appeals.