It is with great sadness that Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria acknowledge the passing of Racing Victoria (RV) Director, Michael Andrew AO, on Sunday following a battle with illness.
Michael, 63, was a member of the RV Board since 2016 where he chaired the Audit and Risk Sub-Committee and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Advisory Panel. Prior to joining the RV Board, Michael was a member of the Melbourne Racing Club Committee from 2006 to 2011, including a period as the Club’s Vice Chairman.
In a distinguished business career, Michael was Chairman and CEO of KPMG International from 2011 to 2014 and Chairman of KPMG Australia and KPMG Asia Pacific following a 35-year career with the firm. Michael has also chaired the B20 Working Group on Anti-Corruption Taskforce and Transparency, and the Federal Government’s Black Economy Taskforce.
RV Chairman, Brian Kruger, said: “We are all devastated by the loss of a wonderful friend and an incredibly hard-working, passionate and astute member of the Racing Victoria Board.
“Michael’s passing will be felt by so many across the business community where he was highly respected, and he leaves tremendous shoes to fill on the Racing Victoria Board.
“During his time on the Racing Victoria Board, Michael was instrumental in the ongoing success of Victorian racing and more recently he has been leading our efforts in improving the integrity of the sport, which he was deeply committed to.
“On behalf of my fellow Directors and the management and staff of Racing Victoria, I extend our most heartfelt condolences to Michael’s wife Mardi, his daughters Danielle and Monique and his extended family. He was a great administrator who will be sorely missed.”
TBV’s James O’Brien also shared his condolences on behalf of TBV and the Victorian breeding industry.
“Michael always wanted to make sure that breeding and racing were advancing in Victoria. As the Chair of the Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Advisory Panel (TOBA), he worked alongside TBV for many years and always provided guidance and support to us. He was a fair, intelligent and passionate man and it is a loss not only for our industry but also Australia. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mardi and his family in this time of grief.”