Karting NSW Appoint Chief Operations Manager

The Board of Karting NSW has announced that Ross Allen has been appointed the role of Chief Operations Manager for the organisation.

A Karting NSW press release read:

The role is a newly created role dedicated to focusing on the operational issues of grass roots karting.

A rigorous recruitment process sought applications from both internal and external candidates. Ross was formally interviewed for the role against the criteria posted and he has satisfied, and indeed exceeds the recruitment needs. As a result, Ross will resign from his role as Director of Competition within the Board of Karting NSW to take up this new role.

“Ross brings an absolute wealth of knowledge in motorsport, governance and administration generally” said Dave Filipetto, Chairman of KNSW.

Prior to joining the Board of KNSW in 2017, Ross was Chairman of Speedway Australia.


“Ross will bring much needed stability and operational focus to the day to day matters of Karting NSW as well as supporting our front line administration. This will now permit the Board to concentrate on strategic matters aimed at improving the value proposition for our member base.”

The role of the CEO remains vacant, and will do so until the Board determines that the operational issues around grass roots karting have been re-aligned to our Constitution and in our Members best interests.


We also wish to take this opportunity to thank Derek Ferry who has been acting in the capacity as caretaker General Manager of KNSW since the Board’s appointment late last year. It is never an easy role to align the old with the new, but Derek has done so with patience and integrity. His passion for the sport is unwavering.

Derek has been an Official since 1996. He was appointed to the Board in February 2010 as Director Member Services Central Zone, then moved to Director Member Services Southern Zone in May
2012. He was appointed as CEO in November 2014. The Board extends its thanks to Derek and hopes to see him well rested and re-invigorated back in our karting community soon.

Please join the Board in thanking Derek for his commitment to Karting NSW for the past 22 years and welcoming Ross as he steps into the Chief Operations Manager position.

David Filipetto
Chairman – Karting (NSW) Inc