Our Board

Dr Deidre Anderson

Chair

In 2019, Deidre became the first female Chair in the history of the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) following the

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Dr Deidre Anderson

Chair

In 2019, Deidre became the first female Chair in the history of the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) following the resignation of Russell Adams.

Deidre 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 has completed a PhD at Macquarie University.

Clint Newton

CEO & Managing Director

Clint Newton was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) in 2020.

Clint’s involvement with the RLPA

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Clint Newton

CEO & Managing Director

Clint 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-Evans

General President

Daly is the General President of the Rugby League Players' Association.

The Manly Sea Eagles skipper was appointed to the position

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Daly Cherry-Evans

General President

Daly is the General President of the Rugby League Players' Association.

The Manly Sea Eagles skipper was appointed to the position at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, moving into the role following the retirement of Cameron Smith.

Daly was first 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 also the current captain of the Queensland Maroons and first represented Australia in 2011.

The Mackay Brothers junior also won a premiership in his debut NRL season (2011) with Manly Warringah.

Speaking after his appointment as RLPA General President, Daly said: “I’m definitely honoured to appointed General President and to be able to do this job for the playing group,” Cherry Evans said.

“It’s a nice feeling and I’ve been involved with the RLPA for a little bit now, so this is an elevated role that I am taking on.

“I’m looking to help out the team at the RLPA and voice any matters that the players feel they need to get across.

“The RLPA has certainly grown a lot in recent times but I still think the best work is ahead for us.

“As the General President it would be nice to have not just my teammates at Manly, but players at other clubs, able to rely on me to push forward and be that voice.”

Dale Copley

Director

Dale was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors as a casual vacancy in December 2019

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Dale Copley

Director

Dale was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors as a casual vacancy in December 2019 before his official election at the 2020 AGM.

Dale returns to the Brisbane Broncos ahead of the 2021 season after four years with the Gold Coast Titans.

After making his debut with the Broncos in 2009, Dale moved to the Sydney Roosters in 2016 for one season before joining the Titans.

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 Graham

Director

Wade was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors in May 2019, emerging from the Player

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Wade Graham

Director

Wade 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 240 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.”

Hannah Southwell

Director

Hannah Southwell was appointed to the RLPA Board as a casual vacancy in July 2021.

Hannah became the first-ever female player

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Hannah Southwell

Director

Hannah Southwell was appointed to the RLPA Board as a casual vacancy in July 2021.

Hannah became the first-ever female player to join the RLPA Board of Directors.

The Sydney Roosters NRLW star has represented New South Wales and Australia previously, and in 2020 won the prestigious Players' Champion honour. 

“I’m proud to join the RLPA’s Board and be able to represent my fellow players at this level,” she said about her appointment.

“Establishing a collective agreement for NRLW players is one goal I would love to help achieve through my position with the RLPA.

“However, I also look forward to having a voice on a wide range of matters across the game and continuing my own professional development along the way.”

Hannah is also a member of the inaugural Women's Player Advisory Group in 2021.

Sia Soliola

Director

Sia joined the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 after progressing through the leadership pathway structure of the Player

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Sia Soliola

Director

Sia 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.

Pippa Leary

Director

Following on from her appointment to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Advisory Board in 2016, Pippa was officially appointed

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Pippa Leary

Director

Following 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.”

Christian Welch

Director

Melbourne Storm forward Christian Welch was appointed to the Board of the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) at the 2021

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Christian Welch

Director

Melbourne Storm forward Christian Welch was appointed to the Board of the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

Christian progressed through the player leadership pathways as a member of the Player Advisory Group in recent years and an RLPA Delegate at the Storm.

“Being able represent my fellow players as a Director of our Association is something I’m really excited about,” Welch said at the time of his appointment to the Board of Directors.

“I’ve been involved with the RLPA for some time now and I am really passionate about the movement.

“I understand how important it is to have a strong Association behind us and the need for players to have a seat at the table when key decisions across the game are being made.

“I believe I can add value in advancing the interests of players through this new role, while also continuing to learn and develop professionally.”

Christian made his NRL debut for the Storm in 2015 and made his representative debut for Queensland in the 2019 State of Origin series.

The Gladstone and Eastern Suburbs Tigers junior played in the 2016 and 2018 NRL Grand Finals. Christian was also part of the 2017 premiership-winning Melbourne squad.

Christian has graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Commerce degree and is currently studying my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at UNSW.

The prop forward also was among a group of players that travelled to Harvard University to complete a Certificate in Negotiation and Leadership.