The Australian Rugby Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and the Official Foundation for Australian Rugby dedicated to supporting Rugby in Australia from the grassroots to the gold jersey.
We exist because of the support of our Patrons, Directors, Partners and supporters in the Rugby community.
The Hon John Howard OM AC
Mr John F Wilson
Kayla is Head of Operations AAMENA, Marketing at GrainCorp Limited, Australia's largest listed agribusiness. With responsibility for leading the logistics, export execution, road freight and trade support team. Kayla ensures the efficient execution of domestic and export grain contracts. Kayla has worked in both logistics and senior operational roles on grain trading floors for 13 years.
Kayla represented GrainCorp and Australia at the Global Women’s Summit, Paris, France 2014.
Howard has carved out a 32 year career in International Insurance Broking, chairing one of the major UK Groups and then the Asia Pacific Region from Sydney. From 1996 he ran a specialist insurance broking firm in Australia and combined this with an extensive portfolio of non- executive Chairmanships and Directorates including a Federal Government Corporation.
He was Director and Treasurer of The Fred Hollows Foundation for 16 years as well as serving on the Hollows Boards in New Zealand and UK. Past Chair of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a Director responsible for Strategy at The Cauliflower Club.
He is also a Freeman of The City of London.
David is a non-executive director of Equity Trustees Limited, Pipers Brook Vineyard Pty Ltd and Tasman Sea Salt Pty Ltd. He is also an executive director of a number of private companies.
His former directorships include Kambala Girls’ School, Tassal Group Limited, GrainCorp Limited, Mason Stewart Publishing and Camelot Resources NL. David also served on the Advisory Board of the Intensive Care Foundation of Australia and New Zealand. He is a former executive with Macquarie Bank Limited and its antecedent, Hill Samuel Australia.
Ann is Executive Chair of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc.
After joining as CEO in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.
Prior to this, Ann was with Westpac for 12 years as CEO Westpac New Zealand, CEO Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People and Performance.
In addition to her executive role, Ann holds a number of non-executive roles including Sydney Airport, ING Direct (Australia), ING Group, The Palladium Group, Australian Rugby Union, Cape York Partnerships, Infrastructure Victoria and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
In 2001, Ann was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government and in 2004 was awarded an Order of Australia for her contribution to the Australian community. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award.
Pat is one of the most experienced professionals in the auction and valuation industry in Australia. Pat began his career in the Valuer General’s Department before joining a country stock and station agent. He initially started as an auctioneer of fine arts however for the last 40 years he has been an agent & auctioneer of general equipment.
Pat opened Slattery Auctions in 2000 which has grown to be a major auction house in New South Wales and Victoria selling a variety of items such trucks, machinery, ships, helicopters and planes. Some of Slattery Auctions' clients include, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, Department of Defence, BIS Industries (formerly Brambles) as well as many local government bodies and energy companies such as Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia) and Essential Energy (Formerly Country Energy).
Nick has worked in several different large national and international law firms since the early 1990's where he has practiced exclusively in the field of employment law. Nick currently works for his own law firm Stevens & Associates Lawyers which he established in August 2004. Stevens & Associates provides high quality, reliable and professional legal advice in the areas of employment law, industrial relations and workplace health and safety matters.
Nick has shared a passion for Rugby throughout his life. In 2007, Nick was one of the founding Directors of Hearts in Union, Rugby Foundation Australia, a charity that that lives by its motto of 'Helping Rugby Help its Own'. The foundation is focused on making a real difference in the lives of beneficiaries, assisting players who have suffered severe spinal injuries playing rugby. Nick Chairs the Australian Rugby Foundation’s Welfare committee.
Josephine is Principal and Co-Owner of Buildcorp, a privately owned mid-tier construction company. Buildcorp was established in 1990, with a staff of around 300 and annual revenue of $300 million.
For the last 24 years Buildcorp has sponsored university rugby football clubs, including women’s rugby, and sponsors the new National Rugby Championship.
Josephine’s current directorships include: Co-President for YWCA NSW, Director for Opera Australia and Sydney University Football Club Foundation, Governor for The Centenary Institute as well as Chair for Buildcorp Foundation and Advisory Board for In Art Tours.
Niv is a partner at Clayton Utz. His focus areas are international taxation and the resolution of taxation disputes with the ATO.
Niv is actively involved in emerging tax issues and tax reform, particular in relation to base erosion and profit shifting, as a member of a number of ATO and Treasury consultation committees dealing with these issues. Niv is also a key contributor to Clayton Utz’s pro-bono program, regularly advising on tax issues affecting charities and other not-for-profit bodies.
Natalie is an experienced commercial litigation lawyer, and has recently been a very senior employee in Government. She has worked for over 20 years with all levels of Government including serving on a Ministerial Advisory Board and as a Deputy Chief of Staff to a Minister. She is keen to align Rugby’s corporate goals with her experience and understanding of the workings of government.
Natalie is also a passionate Rugby advocate, and is heavily involved in both schoolboy rugby, and grass roots club rugby, working with her husband who is the President of a leading Shute shield club.
John is the Chairman of the Australia Rugby Foundation.
He is a Senior Advisor at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and sits on the Board of LGIA Super in Brisbane where he is Chairman of the Investment Committee. John is also the Chairman of the investment committee at the NSW Aboriginal Lands Council and a Board member of the University of New England Foundation. He is the Chairman of Domus Private Clients. He is a former Director of Melbourne Stadiums Ltd., the owner and operator of Etihad Stadium located in Docklands, Melbourne.
John brings to the Foundation over 30 years' experience in business including a 17 year career at the investment management firm PIMCO.
Along with Rugby, his interests include history, photographic art, and literature. He holds a BA LLB from Melbourne University and an LLM from Duke University.
Wallaby No#847 is a retired professional Australian rugby union player. He played for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby, and Warringah in Sydney, and represented Australia at various age grade levels before his senior debut in 2010. He was a utility player, able to cover inside centre, outside centre, winger or fullback.
Pat played in the winning 2011 Tri-nations campaign, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour before retiring in 2014 due to repeated neck injuries. He is currently completing a commerce-law degree and working full time in the Brumbies commercial team.
Wallaby No#680 is a retired professional Australian rugby union player. He played for the Queensland Reds in the Super 12, and represented Australia, he was one of the best centres in the world throughout the 1990s due to his attacking prowess, formidable defence and playmaking ability.
Throughout his illustrious career, Horan played in 100 matches for his country, 80 of them Tests. He had been in two World Cup winning teams and he had the honour of captaining his country twice, once in a Test against Wales, and once against the Barbarians, both in 1996.
Horan is currently a Fox Sports commentator and head of the Sports and Entertainment division of Westpac Banking Corporation. He is an ambassador for Spinal Injuries Australia, speaking to school children regarding prevention of spinal injuries. Horan is also an ambassador for Aunties and Uncles - a non-profit organisation offering friendship, role-modelling and support for children in single parent or parentless families. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2006, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 and Inducted into the Wallaby Hall of Fame in 2015.
Mr Souris is an Australian politician and former member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing Upper Hunter for the National Party of Australia from 1988 to 2015. Mr Souris is a former leader of the National Party in NSW.
Souris was the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, and Minister for the Arts in the O'Farrell government, between 2011 and 2014.
His most notable parliamentary achievements include but are not limited to carriage of the privatisation by ASX float of GIO and commencement of privatisation of State Bank, the privatisation of the Southern Irrigation Districts, the establishment of the racing Autumn Carnival 'The Championships' as well as the implementation of the State's new liquor laws including lock-outs.
Brett qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross in 1987 and since has had a 20 year career in the aviation industry, initially holding senior finance positions in small airlines, moving to flag carriers and culminating in conceptualising, establishing and leading, Virgin Australia for its first 10 years. Brett retired as Chief Executive in May of 2010. He remains a Board member of publicly listed Canadian airline, Westjet Ltd, Tourism Australia and Auckland Airport Ltd.
He has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his service to tourism and aviation, and has been recognised as the Australian Chief Executive of the Year by the Customer Service Institute of Australia and the Outstanding Chartered Accountant in Business by the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Alan is a Company Director and Business owner. In recent times he has been Chairman of two of Australia’s Top 25 private companies. These are Queensland Sugar, the world’s 2nd largest sugar company, and Emerald Grain a company he founded in 2003 and later sold to Sumitomo in 2014.
Other than sugar and grains he has been active in fertiliser, chemicals, wool, livestock, ports, rail & road transport. He has 35 years experience in international marketing and commodity trading, having worked for French, Arab, Japanese and Australian companies. He was named Australian Agribusiness Leader of the Year in 2010 and a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.
He currently runs a family investment office and directorships in property, civil engineering and agribusiness as well as a cattle farm at Flinders, Victoria. Alan was one of the Founding Shareholders and Directors of the Melbourne Rebels from 2010-2013.
James is Chief Executive Officer of Australia and New Zealand and has over 20 year’s investment banking experience. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2014 having previously been a partner at Goldman Sachs based in London where he was Head of Sponsor Coverage for EMEA.
Prior to this, James was Co-Head of Investment Banking for Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand and a Board member of Goldman Sachs and Partners.
He is a chartered accountant by training and holds a degree in Economics. James is on the Board of Human Rights Watch Australia.
Andrew is a Portfolio Manager at Eastspring Investments (Singapore), joining the firm in 2008.
Andrew has over 33 years of investment experience starting his career in 1982 with National Mutual Life Association. He then joined JP Morgan Investment Management in 1984, and became their Director, responsible for Australian Equity and Balanced business three years later. In 1997, Andrew became the Head of Global Equities team of JP Morgan Investment Management in London. Andrew was the founding partner and Director of Voyager Funds Management Pty Limited between 2005 and 2007.
Mr Peter Murphy
Phone: (02) 8005 5521
Mrs Karina Ryan
Phone: (02) 8005 5519