ANDRA Announces New Board Member

Published: Thursday January 11 2024
The Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) is pleased to announce that Patricia (Trish) Crossin AM has been elected as an Independent Director of the ANDRA Board.

Crossin is an experienced Director with an extensive background in corporate governance, risk management and strategic planning, which sees her ideally placed to contribute to the future of ANDRA drag racing.

Now based in Melbourne, Crossin is a former Senator and was the first woman to represent the Northern Territory in the Federal Parliament.

During her time as a Senator, Crossin lobbied for and gained $4.5m to upgrade and redesign the drag strip for the Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association at the Motorsports Complex in Darwin.

She is also a Chair and Board member of a number of community, education, sporting organisations and statutory authorities, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Education.

She is currently a Director on the Boards of the Gordon Institute of TAFE, Westjustice Community Legal Centre, St Columba’s College, Asthma Foundation NT, Rainbow Disability Services Club and Gender Equity Victoria. Her previous board positions include Directorship of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, Australian Indigenous Agribusiness Company, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Pty Ltd, President of Netball NT and Netball ACT.

She also established the NT Working Women’s Centre and was the Founding Chairperson.

In recognition of her efforts, Crossin has received a National Service Award from Asthma Australia and was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2013 for her significant services to the Parliament and to the community of the NT.

As an enthusiastic observer of the sport, Crossin is keen to ensure that ANDRA has an important strategic and regulatory role as a peak body for Drag Racing in Australia.

“I am very pleased to have this great opportunity to be involved with this Association which plays such an important strategic and regulatory role for drag racing across Australia,” Crossin said.

“I am greatly looking forward to being a part of the future for this popular sport.”

ANDRA Chair, Katie Cassar, said that with her direct knowledge and experience working as a member of the Federal Government and thanks to her extensive background in governance of community and advisory boards, Crossin will be a valuable member of the ANDRA Board.

“We are excited to welcome Trish to the ANDRA Board. Her experience and expertise will be a huge asset to ANDRA,” Cassar said.

“We are particularly looking forward to Trish’s guidance after assessing how ANDRA operates from a governance perspective and I am looking forward to working closely with her.”