One of Australian rally’s most accomplished co-drivers, Coral Taylor, has been appointed to the Board of Motorsport Australia.
Taylor has more than 40 years’ experience in motorsport, most notably as an Australia Rally Championship co-driver, as well as spending many years in a team manager role for Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia, which competes across rally and circuit racing.
She also has significant Board experience, having served as a non-executive Company Director for NRMA and the National Heavy Vehicle Register for the past 12 years.
The Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame member said she applied to join the Motorsport Australia Board to help drive the future success and longevity of the sport.
“For me, motorsport has been a passion pretty much my whole life and has seen me involved in the sport for the past 40 years,” Taylor said.
“I’ve competed at a national level, as well as some international experience, so I want to be able to give back to the sport so we can succeed going forward and make motorsport the best we possibly can.
“I think it’s important at the Board table to have the experience of someone who has competed at the highest level, to bring some understanding of how that works, how a team works, what it’s like working with sponsors and manufacturers and trying to keep their involvement in the sport while at the same time looking for new opportunities.”
Taylor’s appointment makes her the fourth women to now sit on the Board of Motorsport Australia, highlighting the importance of gender diversity at all levels of the sport.
“Australia-wide, company-wide, no matter what sort of Board you are talking about it’s very important to have that gender diversity to strategically drive the business. We all have different viewpoints so to bring all those viewpoints together and work with integrity is what is going to make a good board,” Taylor added.
Incoming President Andrew Fraser congratulated Taylor on her appointment to the Board.
“Coral is a household name in Australian motorsport and a very accomplished and experienced director," Fraser said.
“I know Coral brings very valuable experience at both the competitor, team and manufacturer level of motorsport as well as governance experience and business insight. She is an outstanding addition to the Board and we are extremely pleased to welcome her as our newest Director."
Taylor will begin in the Appointed Director position from 1 January 2021.