RLPA Board

Nimesh Shah

Director

Nimesh is CFO and Company Secretary at Isentia and has more than 15 years experience as an executive in the...

Nimesh Shah

Director

Nimesh 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.

Tim Mannah

Director

Tim Mannah is co-captain of the Parramatta Eels where he made his NRL debut in 2009.

Closing in on 200 first...

Tim Mannah

Director

Tim Mannah is co-captain of the Parramatta Eels where he made his NRL debut in 2009.

Closing in on 200 first grade appearances in 2017, Tim has also represented New South Wales Origin, City Origin and the Prime Ministers' XIII in an illustrious playing career.

He is eligible to represent Lebanon in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Tim was elected to the RLPA Board at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.

Jeremy Latimore

Director

Jeremy Latimore began his first grade career in 2009 with the Parramatta Eels and has since played with the Warriors,...

Jeremy Latimore

Director

Jeremy Latimore began his first grade career in 2009 with the Parramatta Eels and has since played with the Warriors, Dragons and Penrith Panthers.

Jeremy joined the Cronulla Sharks ahead of the 2017 season and has now played over 130 first grade games.

In 2016 he also completed his Bachelor of Business degree and is a strong advocate for player education and personal development.

James Maloney

Director

James Maloney currently plays with the Cronulla Sharks after previously spending time at the Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Warriors and...

James Maloney

Director

James Maloney currently plays with the Cronulla Sharks after previously spending time at the Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Warriors and Sydney Roosters.

James joined the Sharks in 2016, guiding Cronulla to their maiden premiership in a 14-12 win over the Storm at ANZ Stadium.

Previously, James won a premiership with the Sydney Roosters in 2013 and was a runner-up in 2011 with the New Zealand Warriors.

He is the current New South Wales five-eighth and has represented Australia, NSW Country and the Prime Minister's XIII.

James made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm in 2009 and played lower grades with Parramatta prior to his debut.

Russell Adams

Chair

Principal Consultant - Russell Adams Consulting.

Russell Adams is a senior lawyer and business consultant with over 30 years’ experience as...

Russell Adams

Chair

Principal Consultant - Russell Adams Consulting.

Russell Adams is a senior lawyer and business consultant with over 30 years’ experience as an adviser and senior executive. As a partner at leading commercial law firm Phillips Fox his practice background focused on insurance and financial services and involved advising on a wide range of business and risk issues including corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

In 2004 he was appointed as the managing director of the firm’s Insurance and Risk Management group and he subsequently held a variety of senior executive roles including Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Regional and National Practice Group Head. In addition to his industry and operational experience Russell was responsible for overseeing the merger and integration of Phillips Fox with DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm at that time. In 2011 he was appointed to the International Board of DLA Piper, elected Chairman of the International Remuneration Committee in 2012 and appointed to the Global Board of DLA Piper in 2013.

Russell retired from the partnership of DLA Piper in 2015 and now acts as a consultant to the legal and business communities.

Cameron Smith

General President

Cam was appointed General President of the RLPA in March (2017), taking over from Clint Newton who moved into the role...

Cameron Smith

General President

Cam was appointed General President of the RLPA in March (2017), taking over from Clint Newton who moved into the role of General Manager - Player Relations.

A recognised leader both on and off the field Cameron is the captain of Australia, Queensland and the Melbourne Storm, becoming in 2015 the Club’s first 300-Game player. He joined the RLPA Board in 2016 and believes he can make a significant contribution to the future of the Game through his role with the RLPA. 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.

Deidre Anderson

Director

Deputy Vice Chancellor - Macquarie University.

The vision for Deidre’s portfolio is for Macquarie to be the number one University in...

Deidre Anderson

Director

Deputy Vice Chancellor - Macquarie University.

The vision for Deidre’s portfolio is for Macquarie to be the number one University in Australia for Student Experience.

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 is currently chair of the Macquarie University controlled entity [email protected], President of Australian University Sport (AUS), past President of Australian Women's Sport and Recreation Association (AWRA) and Director Sport Inclusion Australia (SIA).

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.

Joseph Sponholz

Director

Principal, Head of the Global Professional Sports Practice - Partners in Performance.

Joseph has a B.A. (Politics) and achieved his...

Joseph Sponholz

Director

Principal, Head of the Global Professional Sports Practice - Partners in Performance.

Joseph has a B.A. (Politics) and achieved his Juris Doctor degree with honours from the Fordham University of Law. Joseph served as the first male Board member of the Fordham University Battered Women’s Advocacy Project and has been admitted to the Bars of New York, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., numerous Federal Bars and has had his General Counsel’s license in the State of Pennsylvania.

He practiced as an attorney until 1999 when he left the law for management consulting, first with The Mitchell Madison Group and, later, with Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he practiced in the financial services and operation groups providing strategic and operational guidance to Fortune 100 companies.

In 2002 he joined Textron, Inc. where he rose to become a member of the Textron Leadership Team and its first Director of Globalisation. Joseph also held senior strategic roles with Bain Capital and was a senior executive at BabyAge.com, Inc.

Joseph has attended the EMBA program at Columbia University, the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business at The University Pennsylvania and the Executive Leadership Program at the Thunderbird School of International management.

Ian Prendergast

CEO & Managing Director

Ian Prendergast joined the RLPA in December 2015 from the AFL Players Association where he had been the General Manager...

Ian Prendergast

CEO & Managing Director

Ian Prendergast joined the RLPA in December 2015 from the AFL Players Association where he had been the General Manager of Player Relations since 2009.

He completed his law degree at Monash University while playing 65 AFL games over eight years for the Carlton Football Club.

He is also a past General Secretary of the Australian Athletes Alliance where he gained a broad understanding of the issues facing Rugby League Players.

Adam Blair

Joining the RLPA Board of Directors in August 2017, Adam adds a wealth of experience as the current captain of...

Adam Blair

Joining the RLPA Board of Directors in August 2017, Adam adds a wealth of experience as the current captain of the New Zealand Kiwis.

One of the most respected forwards in the game, Adam has played over 250 NRL games across three Clubs including Brisbane, Wests Tigers and Melbourne.

Adam was born in Whangerei, New Zealand, and played his junior football with the Northland Carvers.

Making his NRL debut in 2006, Adam was awarded the Melbourne Storm's Rookie of the Year award and was rewarded with a call-up to the Kiwis squad for their Tri-Nations campaign.

In 2008, Adam was part of the Melbourne Storm's Grand Final team that lost to the Manly Sea Eagles.

In the following season, Adam scored a try in the 2009 Grand Final during his side's victory over Parramatta.

Joining the Wests Tigers in 2012, the Junior Kiwis representative made 71 appearances for the joint venture over three seasons before joining the Broncos in 2015.

Adam played in his third NRL Grand Final in 2016 as part of the Broncos side that lost to North Queensland in Golden Point.

Eloni Vunakece

Eloni is part of the Sydney Roosters NRL squad and joined the RLPA Board of Directors in August 2017.

Born in...

Eloni Vunakece

Eloni is part of the Sydney Roosters NRL squad and joined the RLPA Board of Directors in August 2017.

Born in Sydney, the prop forward played his junior football for the Holy Cross Rhinos and Leichhardt Wanderers before progressing into the senior grades with Balmain Ryde-Eastwood and Western Suburbs Magpies.

Eloni moved to France in 2013, where he played one season with Elite One Championship side Toulouse Olympique.

Later that year, Eloni made his International debut with Fiji in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and has been a frequent member of their squad since.

Eloni made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters in 2016 and was named in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW Team of the Year for his effort with the Wyong Roos.