Our Team

Our team is dedicated to giving every Australian the opportunity to play Rugby and pursue their dreams.
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.

Executive Head
Simon Davis

Simon is an emotionally intelligent, results-orientated business leader with 25+ years’ experience in professional services, corporate, capital markets and sporting sectors.

Simon holds a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Sydney and spent the first 12 years of his career in commercial analyst roles with ANZ, BHP, Credit Suisse and Deutsche.

Following that, he held roles in General Management in Investor Relations, corporate advisory, capital raising and outsourced CFO/Governance advisory role with Leydin Freyer/Vistra Australia.

In addition, he spent two years as General Manager of Rugby Victoria.

Simon is client centric professional with strong commercial acumen and has been involved in extensive fundraising alongside his professional career through the Melbourne University Rugby Foundation, Weary Dunlop Foundation and other community initiatives.

Simon is a Life Member of the Melbourne University Rugby Football Club (MURFC) and has an extensive history as a proud and passionate supporter of Rugby Union in Australia noting his family’s heritage of his late father Greg Davis Wallaby #485.

Mb: +61 408 999-847

E: simon.davis@rugby.com.au

Australian Rugby Foundation

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