Greg Barclay - Chair

Greg has been appointed to the IRL board as its first independent Chair commencing the role on 1 February 2020. He is an experienced New Zealand based sports administrator.

 

He is the current chair of New Zealand Cricket and has been on that board since 2012. For the previous six years he has also been a director of cricket’s world body, the International Cricket Council.

 

Greg is a commercial lawyer and has had a long involvement in the business of sport and large events. He is also an experienced director holding, or having held, board positions with a variety of New Zealand or Australian companies or sporting organisations. He is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

 

He lives in Auckland and enjoys the beach, travelling and cooking. He follows, and occasionally participates in, a variety of sports, including any of those involving his three teenaged daughters.

Hon. Troy Grant - (Deputy Chair)

The Honourable Troy Grant has built a phenomenal 30 year career of distinguished, decorated and accomplished public service to the people of New South Wales in Government, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Social Justice, sport, community & charitable endeavours.

Troy is dedicated to the ethos of service before self, based on his core values of hard work, integrity and honesty. He has been decorated twice for courage and received National medals and community awards for his service. He held the role as the 17th Deputy Premier of New South Wales and Ministries in Trade, Major Events & Tourism, Policing and Emergency Management.  Troy led significant reform and change management with governance and systems structures across a number of large government departments.  He secured over 2 billion dollars in funding for community infrastructure and projects in his electorate described as a ‘Golden age of investment.’ for his region.

A keen sports and racing fan and proud Novocastrian, Rugby League has been a big part of Troy’s entire life with his great grandfather Francis Kennedy Swan a premiership winner for Maitland Districts in the formative days of Rugby League in Australia in 1912. He died after being injured on the field in 1915.  Troy started as a ballboy for his local Country Rugby League Group 4 team the Kootingal-Moonbi Roosters. He played Shield schoolboy rugby league during the week and represented his school in the local Tamworth juniors competition on weekends. He made his 1st grade debut for his local team the Roosters at 18.

After suffering multiple knee injuries that stopped his playing career, Troy turned to coaching juniors and refereeing across Country NSW in Groups 11, 14, 19 and the QRL Border League.  He established administered and refereed a rugby league competition in 2000 the Barwon Darling League for NSW’s most isolated and predominantly Indigenous communities. The competition from that base continues some 20 years later. He has been an admired and strong supporter and advocate of Rugby League in New South Wales and particularly Country rugby league during his professional career.

Troy is now the Managing Director of Perspective Advisory Services Pty Ltd, Chairman of Racing NSW’s Integrity Assurance Committee and dedicated to contributing to Rugby League’s International footprint, growth and sustainability supporting those both at the grassroots, voluntary and elite levels of the Greatest Game of All.

Graeme Thompson - (Deputy Chair)

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 followed by being the Performance Director for GB Water Polo. Graeme has been a Director on the RLEF Board since 2010 and on the RLIF Board since 2011

Emma Young

Emma is an independent technology consultant and specialises in enabling businesses and organisational change through the provision of technology solutions.  Prior to this Emma was the Vice President of IT at Arm, where she was accountable for enterprise-wide IT projects, Digital Strategy and the creation of the IT Business Change and Delivery function. Emma joined the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2007 and as Head of Telecommunication Services led the staff, partners and suppliers responsible for the strategy, design and delivery of technology infrastructure and telecoms services critical to the successful operation of the London 2012 games.  As part of her role, Emma worked on secondment in the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing during the 2008 Games.  Emma started her career in technology as a radio planning engineer designing mobile phone networks at Ionica, One2One, Nokia and 3 and holds a Bachelor of Science from Cardiff University. 

Greg Peters

Greg Peters is the CEO of New Zealand Rugby League.

He is experienced as a successful sports administrator spanning 20 years and includes five years as the Sydney-based CEO of SANZAR; two years with the Argentinean Rugby Union in the General Manager role; four years as CEO of the Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby; and eight years working for the New Zealand Rugby Union in various roles involving the grassroots and professional game.

Paul Nicholson

 

Ralph Rimmer

Ralph Rimmer was appointed onto the board of the Rugby Football League in 2013 after joining the organisation as Chief Operating Officer in October 2010. He has a wealth of experience at every level of the game, coupled with extensive knowledge in stadia and leisure development.

 

He played community rugby league for many years as a junior and senior for Ulverston ARLFC and went on to captain the Liverpool University team and play at student international level, before playing for Wakefield side, Stanley old Boys.

 

He began his professional career within the sport in South Yorkshire in 1991 as a Development Officer with Doncaster. He then took up a similar role with Sheffield Eagles three years later, going onto become General Manager and then Chief Executive of the then Super League club.

 

Following the club’s historic Challenge Cup Final victory over Wigan at Wembley in 1998, Rimmer went on to spend 5 years as the Chief Executive at Huddersfield Giants before moving on to the board as a non-executive director and taking on the role as the managing director of the stadium company, Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd.

 

In the last decade Rimmer spent four years as a non-executive director of Huddersfield Town AFC, helping to take the club out of administration; and also managed the Irish national rugby league team from 1997 to 2002 (including the 2000 Rugby League World Cup) and the Yorkshire Origin team in 2002; He was also non-executive Chairman of The Sporting Pride Community Trust, in Huddersfield, between 2007 and 2010.

 

As Managing Director of KSDL he was Project Lead on the £2m stadium redevelopment in 2007 and also on the £150m The HD One Leisure Development. He acted as a management consultant on several stadia developments including; Leigh Sports Village, Colchester United FC Stadium and also the Salford City Stadium.

Reon Edwards

Reon Edwards is Chairman of New Zealand Rugby League and Director of the Rugby League International Federation. He has been involved with Rugby League since 1980 having played the game for 25 years and then becoming involved in various administration and governance roles within the game. He has also held several governance roles within the commercial sector since 2013.

 

Reon has a strong commercial background across the Airline and International Freight Forwarding/Logistics industries. Over the past 20 years he has been employed in various senior management and sales & marketing roles. He was also shareholder of an International Freight Forwarding/Logistics business until 2017 when his business was acquired by global leader DB Schenker. Reon is now employed as the New Zealand Director of DB Schenker, responsible for over 150 staff.

 

In 2011, Reon graduated from Massey University with an MBA and has continued his executive development by completing courses through the NZ Institute of Directors and Mt Eliza Business School in Melbourne.

 

Reon leads a busy but enjoyable life together with his wife and daughter. In his spare time he loves training at the gym, competing in trail running events and travelling overseas with the family.

 

Sandis Tsaka

 Sandis Tsaka is the Chair of Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League and is also Chair of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation

Todd Greenberg

Todd Greenberg is currently the CEO at the National Rugby League (NRL), previous to this role, he was Head of Football at the NRL with responsibility to develop and lead Football strategy and operations across the whole of game. This includes leading and governing the NRL Elite competitions along with an oversight across Game development, Pathways and Participation.

Prior to joining the NRL, Greenberg spent six years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bulldogs Rugby League Club making him at the time, the youngest CEO in the National Rugby League.

Nigel Wood CEO

Nigel has a long and outstandingly successful career in Rugby League administration, serving as the Rugby Football League’s Chief Executive Officer between 2007 and 2018 and Chief Executive and Director of Super League (Europe) Ltd from its creation in 1996 until 2018. During this time the RFL and SLE Ltd have grown revenues from £18m to £52m and have delivered profits in each consecutive year and investment around the sport has reached record levels. Prior to his CEO role, Nigel was formerly Chief Operating Officer and Financial Director at the RFL having joined the organisation in 2001 following a significant period of political and financial distress within the sport.

Nigel was also the Chairman of the hugely successful Rugby League World Cup 2013.

 

Internationally, Nigel was the Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation from 2014 to 2018 and became the Chief Executive Officer of the RLIF in June 2018.

 

Before entering the sport of Rugby League, Nigel was Chief Executive of Super League club Halifax Blue Sox, 1995-2001, and Deputy Head of Finance for BBC North. Prior to this, Nigel held roles in the textile industry, manufacturing and chartered accountants Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. Nigel is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and 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.

More recently Nigel has deposited his extensive private collection of Rugby League programmes at the University of Huddersfield’s Rugby League archive to create a national archive for the sport. The collection currently stands at approximately 20,000 programmes.