RLPA Board 2017-06-09 Deidre AndersonChairIn 2019, Deidre became the first female Chair in the history of the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) following the...Deidre AndersonChairIn 2019, Deidre became the first female Chair in the history of the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) following the resignation of Russell Adams. Dreidre first joined the RLPA Board of Directors in 2016. The former Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University has a wealth of experience across a range of relevant areas including governance, sport, wellbeing and education.. Previously, Deidre has held senior roles within the private sector and Federal and Local government and has held Executive positions both at international and national level within elite sports. She has been acknowledged worldwide for her contribution to elite athletes, and has a lifelong commitment to supporting the development of young people. She has been a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow for her contribution to international relations, a recipient of the Princeton International Business Leaders award, recipient of the Eunice Gill Coach Education award, an honorary member of the Golden Keys International Honour Society and a Justice of the Peace. She is the co-author of a number of books and has published extensively in the areas of athlete transition. Deidre holds a Masters, Post Graduate Degrees and Bachelor of Arts and is currently completing her PhD at Macquarie University. Clint NewtonCEO & Managing DirectorClint Newton was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) in 2020. Clint’s involvement with the RLPA...Clint NewtonCEO & Managing DirectorClint Newton was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) in 2020. Clint’s involvement with the RLPA dates back to his time as an NRL contracted player, where amongst other key achievements he played a key role in the negotiation of the 2013-17 Collective Bargaining Agreement and was elected to the role of General President in 2013. Making his NRL debut in 2001 for the Newcastle Knights, Clint played 273 first grade games across the Knights, Melbourne Storm, Hull Kingston Rovers and Penrith Panthers. Clint also represented the Prime Ministers XIII in 2005, Country Origin in 2007 and played for the United States of America in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Outside of his professional Rugby League career, Clint is a passionate advocate for gender equality, respectful relationships and the rights of women and child through his ambassadorial roles with White Ribbon Australia and Australian Childhood Foundation Following his retirement from professional Rugby League in 2015 and a period as Chair of the RLPA, Clint successfully transitioned into his current role on the Association’s executive team and has worked to advance many areas in the game on behalf of players. Clint is co-chair of the Workloads and Balance Committee, is the players’ representative on the Competition Committee and has led several key projects in the International space, including advancing minimum standards across all Nations. In March 2020, Clint was appointed CEO of the RLPA, replacing the outgoing Ian Prendergast. Clint was also named a Life Member of the RLPA in 2019. Daly Cherry-EvansDirectorDaly was appointed as a casual vacancy to the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 alongside Sia Soliola and...Daly Cherry-EvansDirectorDaly was appointed as a casual vacancy to the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 alongside Sia Soliola and Dale Copley, before being formally elected at the 2020 AGM. Another member of the Player Advisory Group to progress through to the role of RLPA Director, Daly is the current captain of the Queensland Maroons and Manly Sea Eagles. The Mackay Brothers junior won a premiership in his debut NRL season in 2011 and has since gone on to earn numerous representative honours with Australia and Queensland. Speaking after his appointment to the RLPA Board, Daly said: “A strong and respected Association is beneficial not only for players, but for the game as a whole." “Ensuring that the playing group continues to have a voice on the key issues, whilst also having access to adequate support, are some of the areas that I’m passionate about further advancing. “In my view, the RLPA is in the strongest position it has ever been and I’m proud to be joining the Board.” Dale CopleyDirectorDale was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors as a casual vacancy in December 2019. Currently...Dale CopleyDirectorDale was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors as a casual vacancy in December 2019. Currently an NRL squad member at the Gold Coast Titans, Dale made his first grade debut in 2009 with the Brisbane Broncos and before joining the Sydney Roosters for one season in 2016. A long-term RLPA Player Delegate, the Aspley junior transitioned through to the newly-formed Player Advisory Group in 2019. Dale is currently studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). On his appointment as an RLPA Director, Dale said: “I’ve really enjoyed being part of the Player Advisory Group this year and engaging consistently with the RLPA during my time as a Player Delegate." “It has allowed me to increase my understanding and appreciation for the role of our Association, while also being able to provide genuine feedback on some of the key issues in the game. “The responsibility associated with the role of a Director is something that I’m fully committed to delivering on as I’m passionate about ensuring the RLPA continues to provide a valuable service to its members.” Wade GrahamDirectorWade was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors in May 2019, emerging from the Player...Wade GrahamDirectorWade was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors in May 2019, emerging from the Player Advisory Group and Delegate pathways. Currently the co-captain of the Cronulla Sharks, Wade has played over 220 NRL games since making his debut in 2008 and represented Australia, New South Wales, City Origin and the Indigenous All Stars. Wade was a member of the premiership-winning Cronulla side in 2016 and was a member of the victorious World Cup winning Australian side in 2017. Off the field, Wade has completed a Certificate IV in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Frontline Management. At the time of his appointment to the RLPA Board of Directors, the former Penrith Panther said: “This is a great opportunity for me to be at the forefront of representing players, while also ensuring our partnership with the game continues to develop." “Personally, I see this as a wonderful opportunity to take the next step in my development as a leader in the game and ensure that I continue to advance my skillset off the field.” Pippa LearyDirectorFollowing on from her appointment to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Advisory Board in 2016, Pippa was officially appointed...Pippa LearyDirectorFollowing on from her appointment to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Advisory Board in 2016, Pippa was officially appointed an RLPA Director in May 2019. Pippa is the Commercial Director of Digital Sales for the Nine Network and has a wealth of experience in the digital media industry, including previous senior executive roles at Fairfax Media and as the CEO of Fairfax-Nine programmatic exchange APEX. Pippa also has previous experience serving as a director with companies such as Solstice Media and Equip Super. At the time of her appointment to the RLPA Board of Directors, Leary said: “Issues of player well-being, transition to retirement and cultural change have long been of interest to me during my time on the RLPA Advisory Board." “I hope that during my tenure on the RLPA Board I will be able to contribute further value to these discussions. “I am also looking forward to taking a more active role in helping the RLPA and NRL create their joint commercial strategy, especially as it navigates a digital future. “Past experience on the boards of financial institutions and media companies will also allow me to bring knowledge and guidance regarding governance and strategy formulation, as well as commercial operations insight to the RLPA Board.” Nimesh ShahDirectorNimesh is CFO and Company Secretary at Isentia and has more than 15 years experience as an executive in the...Nimesh ShahDirectorNimesh is CFO and Company Secretary at Isentia and has more than 15 years experience as an executive in the media and internet sectors across Australia, the UK and Asia. Nimesh was global CFO for pioneering social networking site Friendster and Finance Director at Fairfax Digital for seven years playing an instrumental role in navigating the company into the world of online publishing and transaction business. He was appointed an RLPA Director in March 2017 after spending time on the Advisory Board previously. Sia SoliolaDirectorSia joined the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 after progressing through the leadership pathway structure of the Player...Sia SoliolaDirectorSia joined the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 after progressing through the leadership pathway structure of the Player Advisory Group and Delegate structure. The former New Zealand International has amassed more than 300 first grade games across the NRL and Super League - having had stints for the Sydney Roosters, St Helens and his current Club - the Canberra Raiders. Sia is involved with the Early Morning Centre - an organisation in Canberra that provides meals for the homeless - and is an ambassador for Angelman Syndrome. In 2019, Sia was recognised for his outstanding efforts in the community receiving the prestigious Ken Stephen Medal. On his appointment as an RLPA Director, Sia stated: “I’ve been in the game for quite some time now and I think that I can give back to the collective by providing guidance and advice to the RLPA." “Joining the Board will be good for my professional development and hopefully I can also help the RLPA continue to grow in coming years. “It’s important that we develop a respectful partnership between the RLPA and the NRL, as I believe this will help Rugby League in the future.” Sia has also engaged in career development opportunities, studying a Diploma in Business and Certificate IV in Youth Work. Joel ThompsonDirectorJoel was officially elected as an RLPA Director at the 2018 AGM after spending a short time prior as a...Joel ThompsonDirectorJoel was officially elected as an RLPA Director at the 2018 AGM after spending a short time prior as a casual vacancy on the Board. Joel made his NRL debut for the Canberra Raiders in 2008, before joining St George Illawarra ahead of the 2014 season. After three seasons with the Dragons, the Forbes Magpies junior made the off-season move to Manly-Warringah, signing a two-year deal starting in 2018. An Indigenous All Stars Representative on six occasions, Joel does a tremendous amount of community work and was part of the NRL's State of Mind program in 2017. Joel is the founder of The Mindset Project - sharing his own story and workshopping a series of mindset practices and coping strategies. Joel has engaged in career development away from rugby league, studying a Diploma in Community Services and Certificate IV in Drug and Alcohol. Cameron SmithGeneral PresidentCameron was appointed General President of the RLPA at the 2017 AGM, taking over from Clint Newton who moved into...Cameron SmithGeneral PresidentCameron was appointed General President of the RLPA at the 2017 AGM, taking over from Clint Newton who moved into the role of General Manager of Player Relations. A recognised leader both on and off the field, Cameron is the captain of Australia, Queensland and the Melbourne Storm. In 2017, Cameron broke a number of long-standing records in yet another stellar season, perhaps most notably surpassing Darren Lockyer of 355 games as the most-capped NRL player in history. Cameron resigned from his role as an RLPA Director at the 2018 AGM, however will continue as General President of the Association and be involved at board level. He is passionate about the game and believes it will grow and prosper if the Playing Group is engaged in decisions that affect Rugby League at all levels.