Board of Directors2018-08-07T11:21:39+10:00

Board of Directors

Brett Cook


Brett is the General Manager of local transport and earthmoving business Coastal Tipper Hire and is also involved in land development and recycling. He and his family have supported the Gold Coast racing industry by owning race horses for over 20 years and having them trained locally. His company has been a supporter and sponsor of the Club for over 15 years and in 2009 they became Corporate sponsors. Brett was elected to the board of the Club in 2007, became Deputy Chairman in 2009 and took over the Chairmanship in 2011.

Arch McDonald

Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Racing & Training Sub‑Committee

Arch has demonstrated a strong interest in the administration and operational management of thoroughbred racing particularly within the South Eastern Queensland Region.

He is a strong GCTC member who displays a keen regard for the improvement of members facilities and club infrastructure.

He is dedicated in ensuring that GCTC Members and Stakeholders best interests are foremost and protected. He remains eternally optimistic of racing a champion.

Trent Watson

Treasurer and Chairman of Finance Sub‑Committee

Passionate about horse racing and numbers it’s no surprise that Trent Watson is the Treasurer of the Gold Coast Turf Club.
Learning through distinguished organisations like TSS & Griffith University he continuously strives to achieve and evolve. This mentality is brought to the club and in his business at BOQ Capalaba.

Trent’s key focuses are and have always been on people, service, attitude, customer satisfaction and results!

Luke Henderson

Chairman of Racing Sub‑Committee

Luke is a partner of the highly successful real estate firm Professionals Mermaid Beach. As a born and bred Gold Coaster Luke is named as one of the city most influential year after year and was previously named as one of the nation’s 40 most influential racing people under the age of 40.

In the real estate world Luke is a licensed auctioneer and sales agent and is ranked amongst the state’s best.

As a horse owner and breeder, Luke has part owned winners of some of Australia’s greatest races – Melbourne Cup (Fiorente) –  Caulfield Cup (Descarado), – Golden Slipper and Sires Produce (Sebring) and The Galaxy and Magic Millions 3yo (Sweet Idea)

Peter Ward

Peter has been a member of the Club for a number of years and a regular patron. He has owned racehorses in several Australian states and is enthusiastic about the thoroughbred industry.

Peter lives on the Gold Coast and has been an active business leader both on the Gold Coast and nationally.

He moved to QLD as the General Manager of Lend Lease (property/construction giant) in 2007 and after successfully starting Probuild QLD in 2013 he has now started a new National Tier 1 Construction group called Descon Group Australia.

Greg Leeson

Chairman of Marketing and Membership Sub‑Committee

Greg has over 20 years experience in the FMCG industry as both a National and State Sales Manager and has had a strong association with the GCTC for many years. He worked for Cadbury Schweppes in numerous senior executive roles for over 18 years across both the confectionery and beverage business, and understands the key to success in an extremely competitive consumers market.  He brings a wealth of knowledge across sales and marketing to the club.

Simon Quinn

Simon has owned and operated a successful landscaping business for over 20 years. He is passionate about the racing industry and has been an owner for well over a decade.

Simon has also been actively involved in the Queensland Racehorse Owners Association where he has served roles as both Vice President and President.

Jarrad Young

Jarrad is a Director of Cordner Advisory Accountants, having previously undertaken the role of Senior Manager at Gold Coast KPMG Accountants for the previous 14 years.

Jarrad brings to the board a wealth of professional experience in accountancy and finance. Jarrad is a passionate horse owner and has been a member and involved with horse racing for many years. He has lived on the Gold Coast his entire life and has two children.

Royce Ahrens

Royce has been involved in the racing industry since the late 80’s.
He first became involved in racing as an owner and then naturally progressed into Breeding and continues to run around 10-15 broodmares per season.

He has also served as club president and director for Beaudesert Race Club for approximately 5 years and continues to serve as one of the club’s committee members.

In line with the partnership of Beaudesert Race Club and Gold Coast Turf Club Royce brings valuable insight and understanding of how we can best integrate both businesses and utilize resources into the future.