The Rugby League International Federation appointed a new Chair and Deputy Chair at its annual general meeting held in York, England earlier this month.
Graeme Thompson, a member of the Rugby League European Federation replaced John Grant.
Peter Beattie, the current Chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission was voted in as Deputy Chair.
Mr Thompson, who is a former student and full international player is from Scotland and is the first Chair not to be from Australia, England or New Zealand.
Commenting upon his appointment to the Chair, Graeme Thompson was keen to highlight the work of his predecessor, John Grant.
“It is both an honour and a privilege to take up this role.
My predecessor, John Grant, played a significant role in his time as Chair. None more so than on governance reform of the organisation. It is important to continue that work to bring in these modernising reforms in the early part of next year.
We are growing the profile of our game within the international sporting landscape. We are seeing more countries playing rugby league. The very recent qualification by Jamaica to the next World Cup demonstrates that rugby league welcomes all countries to be part of our family and there is a clear pathway to be part of our sport’s most prestigious event.”
Peter Beattie, who is a former Premier of Queensland and became Chair of ARLC in February of this year is equally as keen to look to the future saying
“We are entering a new era of expansion in international rugby league”
Also appointed to the RLIF Board was Greg Peters, CEO at New Zealand Rugby League.
Graeme was appointed as the Performance Director for British Curling in July 2014 and is responsible for the performance end of the sport in Britain. He was formerly Performance Director for GB Water Polo and Rugby League and has previously worked for three years at UK Sport as a performance advisor across a number of sports, including Curling.
His rugby league career took him from Scotland Students to a full international earning 5 caps. In his sports career he has was the Scotland Rugby League development officer and moved on to manage the England team at the 2008 World Cup.
Graeme is a graduate of Moray House where he studied Recreation and went on to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching.
Peter Beattie attended the University of Queensland and has a BA/LLB (Arts/Law degrees) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Arts (MA)from Queensland University of Technology and 5 honorary Doctorates including an Hon Doctorate in Science from University of Queensland (2003) and an honorary Doctor of Laws from University of South Carolina.
He was Premier of Queensland from June 26, 1998 to September 13, 2007