Our Team

Our staff, Patron and Board of Directors sharing a common purpose for Australian rugby.

Patron

The Honourable John Howard OM AC

John Howard OM AC was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. He was a member of the House of Representatives for 33 years. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Mr. Howard had extensive senior experience in both government and opposition. He served as Treasurer (finance minister) in a previous government and led his party in opposition for a number of years.

Mr Howard is a Companion of the Order of Australia and in January 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Mr Howard to the Order of Merit.

Outside of politics, Mr Howard has always enjoyed a variety of sports and is an enthusiastic rugby fan. Mr Howard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the sport of Rugby.

Chairman

Mr John Wilson

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.

ARF Staff

Peter Murphy

Executive Director

P: 02 8005 5521

E: peter.murphy@rugbyfoundation.org.au

Millie Read

Event Manager

P: 02 8005 5519

E: millie.read@rugby.com.au

Amy Spinks

Development Director

P: 02 8005 5520

E: amy.spinks@rugby.com.au