I first started playing rugby league at 4 years of age in 1997 for the Newtown Lions in Toowoomba. I first became involved in the administration of the game in 2020 when I became a member of the QRL disciplinary tribunal.
Corporate governance and dispute resolution. Having practised as a corporate and commercial lawyer over the past 7 years, I have extensive knowledge and experience in all matters relating to corporate governance which will enable the Board and Clubs to operate efficiently and effectively within clear governance frameworks. I also have extensive knowledge and experience in dispute resolution and litigation which I anticipate will add to the Board’s ability to identify real issues in dispute and resolve those disputes in the most efficient and commercial manner when they arise.
I grew up watching and playing the game. It was what I lived and breathed. Having captained most of the teams that I played in growing up, I loved working as a team working on making the whole more than the sum of its parts. As a spinal injury sustained in 2009 ended my playing career prematurely, I now enjoy working with the Board, which comprises of individuals with the same passion for the sport and who share the same objective of contributing to its growth in the region.
After volunteering my time as a member of the QRL disciplinary tribunal for two years, I reached out to the QRL to notify them of my desire to be involved in the administration of the game. I was then invited to apply for nomination as an independent director prior to the RLGC AGM at the end of 2021.
As participation rates in the game continues to grow, so does the need for Clubs and the RLGC to adopt and follow processes that will further promote collaboration and productivity (by reducing inefficiencies and uncertainty). This can be achieved through the adoption of concise and easy to understand Constitutions and corporate governance policies and increased collaboration with Clubs. With a clear corporate governance framework to work within, each person involved in the administration of the game will be able to maximise their contribution to the sport.
Female participation is also on the rise. In five years’, time, I would like to see the Gold Coast leading the way with continued growth and participation rates rivalling those of the men’s competition.