TBV Executive Officer – Charmein Bukovec (Image: Racing Photos)

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) would like to announce that their Executive Officer, Charmein Bukovec, has resigned after three-and-a-half years in the position.

Charmein developed many projects and initiatives at TBV, including the establishment of VOBIS Sires Boost, which will provide $7.5 million in bonus vouchers for those who support VOBIS Sires.

The VOBIS Sires Boost looks to play a huge impact in the future of Victorian breeding, something that Charmein has always championed in her role as Executive Officer.

Charmein has helped establish the recently announced Victorian Breeding Academy, whilst also assisting the Victorian breeding and racing industry when COVID hit, through engagement with Racing Victoria & the Victorian State Government.

Charmein also worked closely with the Victorian Farmers Federation and others regarding the Crown River Frontage issue posing threats to breeder’s farms.

Making connections with some of the industry’s leading participants, Charmein was always promoting the TBV brand and giving the Victorian breeding industry a highly-respected face.

Charmein played a pivotal role in increasing the brand of TBV in the industry through a strategic and targeted marketing plan to highlight the strength of the Victorian industry by working closely with industry media. From organising webinars with equine welfare participants to radio and television interviews, Charmein played a lead role in establishing what TBV has become today and what we strive to be going forward.

“It is with sadness that I have accepted Charmein Bukovec’s resignation,” TBV President James O’Brien said.

“On behalf of the Board of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), I would like to extend my gratitude to Charmein for her tremendous contribution to TBV and its members during her three-and-a-half-year tenure as TBV’s executive officer.

“Charmein has enhanced TBV’s relationships with Racing Victoria, the Victorian Government, Industry stakeholders, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, sponsors and thoroughbred sales houses.

“With a great love for the industry and a strong focus on welfare and education, she has always put the cause of TBV and the interests of Victorian breeders first. She was committed, dedicated and passionate in everything she did.

“Charmein consulted with industry and provided support and guidance to members during the uncertain times of COVID.

“She was instrumental in achieving Racing Victoria’s support for an additional $7.5 million to the VOBIS program through the VOBIS Sires Boost aimed at lifting the profile and demand for Victorian stallions.

“Always highlighting the success of Victorian breeders, along with ensuring that our breeders and stakeholders were well represented at both the Victorian Government level and at the Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day.

“Charmein’s work ethic and mindset of ensuring that VOBIS and Victorian breeding were at the forefront of participants’ minds.”

“Despite leaving TBV, I know I will continue to seek out Charmein for her learned advice.

“I wish Charmein all the best in her future career and endeavours.”

Charmein will remain in the industry after accepting a role with ANZ Bloodstock News as Business Development Manager.

“This was a really hard decision for me. I adored my role at TBV and all the amazing opportunities I received, people I met and issues I was able to help out with. However, the position with ANZ is an opportunity that doesn’t come along often, and I am really excited to take this role with them,” Charmein stated.

“I am privileged to have worked alongside Victorian breeders for the last three-and-a-half years and look forward to be working with them in a new capacity. The Victorian breeding industry is in a great position, and the timing is right to consider a new challenge.”

“I would like to thank TBV President James O’Brien for the support he provided for me. He is very passionate about the Victorian industry, and he invests countless hours of his time.

“I would also like to thank the Board of TBV, past and present, for their work for the industry and the support they have provided to me. The Board are a dynamic group and are so passionate about the industry, and I am confident they will continue to represent the best interests of Victorian breeders.”