A civil engineer who also graduated to Rugby League’s highest honour with a place in the 1972 World Cup, John Grant is a founding director and current Managing Director of one of Australia’s largest publicly listed Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies, Data#3.
Honoured in 2010 with Australia’s most prestigious Information and Technology Award, the Pearcey Medal, for his commitment to the ICT sector, John’s strategic skills have seen him instilled in recent times as Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association, a member of the previous Queensland Government’s Ministerial Advisory Group and Smart State Council, Chairman of the Federal Government’s IT Innovation Council and a member of Hewlett Packard’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board.
From Brisbane City Council to IBM and the transformation of a Brisbane based software business into a publicly listed company with turn-over in excess of $800m and approaching 1,000 employees, John Grant has enjoyed a pioneering career in the ICT sector.
He brings to the ARL Commission a unique blend of business acumen and Rugby League experience as well as a respected ability to combine planning and action. Such abilities were the hallmarks of a playing career that saw the former centre for Souths in the Brisbane Rugby League represent both Queensland and Australia (each on six occasions) and graduate with honours as a Civil Engineer.
His focus on process, planning and accountability will be key to the ARL Commission’s strategic direction as will his determination to search out opportunity and to make the most of every changing circumstance
Andrew Hill commenced work at the NRL in February 2011 as Director, League Integration and Game Development. Andrew’s role focusses on the relationship between the NRL and major Rugby League stakeholders, as well as managing Game Development and High Performance.
After he finished his playing career, and whilst completing his management course, Andrew began work with the ARL Group Training Company, a company established in 1995 by the Australian Rugby League to cater for young sports people by providing traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities whilst also supporting their sporting endeavours. He has experienced all four major football codes in Australia, holding various positions from Development Manager to CEO across the Western Reds and Parramatta Eels Rugby League Clubs, Parramatta Two Blues Rugby Club, Parramatta Power Soccer Club and the AFL. Currently Andrew is company secretary for the Rugby League International Federation as well as company secretary and the Australian Director on the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation.
Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a
A certified public accountant and former Toa Samoa Captain, Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a is the President of Rugby League Samoa. Su’a graduated from Lincoln University, New Zealand, with a degree in Bcom Accounting.
He became a member of the Samoa Institute of Accountants and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and established the ground breaking Samoan accounting and sports facilitating firm, Su’a & Associates. In 2012 Su’a & Associates was honoured with the International Star Award for Quality in the Gold Category during the International Star for Quality Convention in Geneva, Switzerland.
Su’a has been involved heavily in both rugby league and union in Samoa since completing university, becoming Captain of the national Toa Samoa rugby league team in 1999. In 2005 he was elected President of Marist Sports Club, a role he held for 6 years until he resigned in 2011 to take up the Presidency of Rugby League Samoa. Su’a is also an executive member of the HSBC Penguins International Rugby Club.
A highly regarded and trusted business advisor, Su’a serves on a variety of Samoan government and private boards and committees, including acting as Chairman for the SPREP Audit Committee in Apia and Treasurer of the Asia Pacific Island Rugby League Federation. He is Vice Chairman of the Marist Ben Leia Trust, established to support the former Manu youth rugby league player who became a tetraplegic after a horrific training accident. After serving as board member of the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Federation, Su’a was elected to the board of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) in 2013. With shrewd business acumen and a passion for sport focussing on growth in the Pacific Region, international level.
A former Scotland international at student and senior levels, Graeme was the first rugby league development officer for Scotland. He went on to work in the academy and development departments at the London Broncos from 1998 to 2001 before joining the RFL's Performance Department, becoming Performance Director in 2006 and England Team Manager for the 2008 world cup.
He left rugby league to take up a post at UK Sport and is presently Performance Director for GB Water Polo. Graeme has been a Director on the RLEF Board since 2010 and on the RLIF Board since 2011
David Smith was appointed CEO of the National Rugby League in November 2012.
With an international business career spanning more than 25 years, including senior roles with multi-national institutions Lloyds, UBS,
Deutsch Bank and Morgan Grenfell, David has established a reputation as a leader who can build companies and successfully manage large teams.
David came to Australia in 2004 as Managing Director of Bank of Scotland, Australia. Within three years the bank had transformed from a start-up financial services operation to an A$60 billion company.
Most recently, he was the Managing Director, International Banking for the Lloyds Banking Group and Chief Executive of Lloyds International, Australia.
In this role he was responsible for managing the Lloyds Group’s International global assets of more than $50 billion and leading a team of 1700 staff across Europe, Asia, South America and the Pacific.
Growing up in Wales, David’s early career has also included service as an Engineer in the British Army and the start of a lifetime involvement in competitive and grass roots sport.
David and his wife Emma are involved in local charity work. They live in Sydney with their two children.
Maurice Watkins CBE is Senior Partner and Head of Sports at Brabners LLP, Solicitors Manchester
He is Chairman of British Swimming, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Rugby League European Federation and Barnsley Football Club and a non-executive director of the Rugby Football League and Lancashire County Cricket Club. He is Regional Chairman of Coutts Bank and a Director of The British Association for Sport & Law (Founding Member and former President and Chairman). Maurice was a director of Manchester United Football Club for 28 years.”
Nigel has been a Director of the RFL for 12 years, being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007. During this time the RFL has delivered a profit in each consecutive year and investment around the sport has reached record levels. Nigel is also a Director of Super League (Europe) Ltd, a position he has held since the creation of the company in 1996.
Nigel is the Tournament Director for Rugby League World Cup 2013 and is committed to the expansion of the international game. In May 2012, he was elected as Vice Chair of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) having worked in support of the federation for the past ten years. Nigel is Chair of the Business, Finance and Grants Sub-Committee, which has overseen the implementation of a formal grants protocol for the first time in the history of the organisation.
He has supported European development through his work with the RFL and assisted the development of the international game by working with broadcast partners to have the widest possible audience for international matches.
Nigel joined the RFL in 2001 and has held a number of positions in the organisation, including Chief Financial Officer. Prior to working for the RFL, Nigel was Chief Executive of Super League Club Halifax Blue Sox and Deputy Head of Finance for BBC North. He graduated from the University of Bradford in 1996 with an MBA in Business Administration.
Nigel played Rugby League for Bradford Northern and Halifax RLFC at junior levels and Huddersfield at reserve grade, together with a number of seasons playing Amateur Rugby League in the Pennine League.
Charles Carlson is the President of the Cook Islands Rugby League since 2004. He was elected as the new President of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC) in March 2013 and represents APRLC on the Rugby League International Board. Charles is employed as the Director of Emergency Management Cook Islands, a division under the Office of the Prime Minister.
An active member of the United Nations Damage Assessment Coordinators that gets called upon during major disasters in the region. While his workplace is very demanding, his passion for the game is quite eminent. Charles still plays league at the masters level local/international and is very passionate to see the game grow within the Asia Pacific region and internationally.
With a background in policing, Scott Carter’s record as founder and current CEO of the Matrix Security Group is reflective of his many skills and abilities in setting up successful private sector and not for profit organisations. Over the past twenty years Matrix Security has grown from start-up to a multi-million dollar enterprise, including several mergers and acquisitions, and established strong brand awareness as a premium service provider.
Scott served on the board of the New Zealand Security Association from 2002 - 2010, four of those years as chairman. In 2011 Scott was recognised by the New Zealand Security Association for his work in championing industry training, legislative change and audited professional standards in security.
Further governance experience has been provided through restructuring and governing high profile sports organisations. All of these organisations needed new strategic direction and comprehensive change management.
He is a past chairman of the Olympic equestrian sport Eventing New Zealand (1999 - 2001), leading it through changes that were needed to move that organisation into the professional era.
From 2008 Scott has been a board member of New Zealand Rugby League, becoming chairman in 2009 during a period of significant governance and operational reform for the domestic game. In 2010 he was elected chairman of the Rugby League International Federation.
He is a qualified Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and holds a post graduate diploma in business administration from Auckland University.
Scott is the father of two energetic daughters, is an enthusiastic trout fisherman and a “working class” Ironman triathlete.
John Bishop is a qualified accountant with a business background in finance and is an accredited director of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, with strong governance skills.
John was appointed to the Board of New Zealand Rugby League in 2008 and since that time has also served as the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Whilst qualifying as a chartered accountant John has worked in a variety of roles in banking and commerce both internationally and more latterly in New Zealand. Up to 2003 John was General Manager of ASB Bank’s Commercial and Business banking business and was a part of the Bank’s Executive Management team.
Since leaving ASB John has been the CEO of a mid-market company and more recently has operated as an Independent Director and Investor in a variety of businesses across a range of different industries. John also serves on a number of Trust Boards in the not for profit sector.
John joined the Board of the RLIF in 2011 as the second New Zealand representative and currently chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. John also serves as a director on the Rugby League World Cup 2013 PLC Board
Carlos Zalzuendo is the Chairman of the French Rugby League Federation. He arrived in Toulouse in 1967 and discovered rugby league. He played for Toulouse (1969-80), Villeneuve (1980-82) and Saint-Gaudens (1982-84).
During his playing career, he was selected 25 times to play for the French National Team and beat Australia twice in 1978. He was twice French Champion with Toulouse in 1973 and 1975.
After his playing career, he became Vice-president of the French Rugby League Federation between 1985 and 1994 and took then the chair of the Toulouse Olympique XIII Club (1995 – 2012).
As RLEF Director, Carlos is involved on the RLIF since his recent election of Chairman of the French Rugby League Federation.