Queensland Rugby League Board of Directors:
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As a former referee, Peter Betros stood in the middle of many top level matches. His lengthy service to the referees shaped his path towards a successful career in rugby league administration. A former QRL Southern Division chairman and Australian Rugby League director, Peter has spent the past six years fostering one of rugby league’s biggest participation areas while serving as the South East chairman. Passionate about all things rugby league, he can be regularly spotted at local games and events around the State. He is also a successful businessman and is currently a director of Brisbane Markets Limited.
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QRL Chief Executive
Rugby league runs through the veins of Robert Moore, a former first grade player with Newtown in Toowoomba and the Valleys club in Brisbane. A Human Movements graduate, Robert held a number of different positions before he received his first major taste of rugby league administration with the London Broncos. Robert returned to Queensland where he took up a post as the QRL’s Education and Development Manager and later accepted a position with the State Government as the Deputy Director-General for Sport and Recreation Services. He returned to the QRL as Ross Livermore’s successor in August 2011.
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South East Division Chairman
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Central Division Chairman
As the newly-appointed chairman of the Central Division (November 2012), Danny McGuire returns for his second stint on the QRL Board. He previously served on the Board from 2006-2009 and has been the chairman of the Wide Bay Region for the past eight years. A former player with Rockhampton Brothers and Wests in Brisbane, Danny has a long and proud association with rugby league. He has been a coach and administrator with Sunshine Coast junior club Kawana (Life Member) and has served as the chairman of the Sunshine Coast Rugby League. In 2010, he was inducted into the Sunshine Coast University Sports Hall of Fame for administrators. Danny is currently a State Manager for an IT integrator.
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Northern Division Chairman
Nigel Tillet played rugby league in Brisbane before moving to Cairns where he commenced his extensive involvement with rugby league in the Far North. Starting out as coach and administrator with the Kangaroos junior club in the early 80s, Nigel went on to become secretary of the Cairns & District Junior Rugby League. He also served as the treasurer and president of the Cairns & District Rugby League and managed the Cairns Cyclones in the Queensland Cup. He was appointed chairman of the Northern Division in 2009. Nigel is a director of Tillett Enterprises and Seisia Enterprises.
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A former Queensland Australian Labor Party politician, Terry Mackenroth joined the QRL Board in 2006 after a notable parliamentary service history that spanned nearly 30 years. He held a number of ministerial roles, including Treasurer and Deputy Premier. A passionate supporter of local rugby league, Terry is a regular at Easts Tigers home games and enjoys watching his grandchildren play junior footy. He is also a director of Devine Limited and Chairman of Lenards Holdings and has previously served on the Board of the Australian Rugby League.
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Bruce Hatcher was a promising centre for the Eastern Suburbs club in the Brisbane competition. On the cusp of reaching higher honours, a spate of injuries and growing opportunities in the business world forced him to cut short his promising playing career. However, the well travelled and highly educated former Tigers player is still actively involved with rugby league through his current role as an independent director on the QRL Board. He prides himself on making decisions that are in the best interests of the game. An accredited family business adviser with BDO, Bruce is also the deputy chairman of the Academy of Sport (QAS) and a director of both the MTAA Super Fund and Brisbane Markets Limited.
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A legal specialist, Bruce Prescott has been assisting the QRL for many years and was by its side during the tumultuous Super League war. Bruce has a diverse legal background and an excellent understanding of the League’s constitution and rules. He has served as an independent director on the Board for the past two years in a period of unprecedented change with the formation of the Australian Rugby League Commission. Bruce retired this year after more than 25 years as a partner in law firm HopgoodGanim.
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Statewide Competitions Director
Rick Green joined the QRL Board in 2011 as the representative of the major competition clubs. Rick has an intimate knowledge of the State competition and brings further expertise to the board table through his day job as a barrister at law. His long association with rugby league in Brisbane commenced from his junior playing days with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls. He is the current chairman of Wynnum Manly Rugby League Football Club, a position he has held since 2005. He is also a director of non-profit Motivational Media Assemblies.
From its modest beginnings with a meeting at the Railway Hotel in Brisbane's Roma Street in 1908, rugby league in Queensland has grown from strength to strength.
Driving the game’s growth is the Queensland Rugby League, an organisation steeped in tradition. The QRL is governed by a nine member Board chaired by the long-serving John McDonald. In recent times, the League has displayed its ability to adapt and meet the demands of a changing landscape through an extensive review of its Governance structure. Positive outcomes have been achieved through the recent restructuring of Divisions and the positioning of Independent Directors on the Board.
Importantly, the QRL continues to employ more and more people on the “ground”. These key appointments at Local League level and in the Education and Development field are assisting with the game’s growth throughout Queensland, a poignant factor with the arrival of the ARL Commission. The League recognised the need for the Commission and the many positive outcomes it can provide through its charter to grow rugby league.
The formation of one national body will also provide greater efficiency across the board. The QRL will continue to administer the game in Queensland but the League will now have the assistance of the Commission and the valuable resources it can provide under the direction of inaugural chairman John Grant, a former Queensland representative player.
Put simply, it is an exciting time to be involved in rugby league. In 2011, there were more than 40,000 registered juniors and 15,000 registered seniors. Never before have so many exciting pathways been available for participants. Junior players can aspire to win selection in Queensland Academy of Sport squads and numerous representative teams under the QRL umbrella. In recent times, the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cups, along with the FOGS competitions, have provided the platform for talented players to progress through to Intrust Super Cup and National Rugby League clubs.
The QRL’s flagship team, the XXXX Maroons, is the pinnacle for many players. In 2011, the Maroons won an incredible sixth-straight Harvey Norman State of Origin series.
One of the great strengths of rugby league in Queensland is its volunteer network. From coaches and trainers to presidents and secretaries, volunteers form the backbone of the game right throughout the State. This network is supported by staff from the QRL’s Milton-based Head Office, along with the League’s three Divisions – South East, Northern and Central.
The QRL takes great pride in its ability to support grassroots rugby league and connect with local people. Origin Fan Days are held annually in regional areas and club and representative matches are regularly taken to outback and remote towns. This commitment and reach, coupled with the popularity of the Maroons in the Origin arena, has enabled the QRL to attract significant sponsorship that is ultimately reinvested into rugby league’s development.