Board Of Directors
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 and now serves as Chairman 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.
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.
South East Division Chairman
As the Chairman of the South East Division, Brad is now overseeing one of the biggest participation zones in the country.
He has an abundance of experience, having previously served as the South East’s Financial Director for 10 years and on the QRL Board for three years between 2007 and 2009.
Brad’s work in rugby league is not confined to the Board room though. A devoted statistician, he has been providing the numbers for the Queensland/Intrust Super Cup for 18 years.
He is also a regular sideline eye on ABC Radio. During the week, he is an Executive of Holcim and the Deputy Chairman of Harwood Nominees Pty Ltd.
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.
Northern Division Chairman
Leigh Anderson’s involvement with the game dates back to 1963 through his playing days with Centrals in Townsville.
Over the past two decades, he has undertaken a myriad of roles in junior and senior rugby league, including a long stint as the Northern Division’s Independent Finance Director.
Fiercely passionate about rugby league at grassroots level, Leigh is a popular face at local grounds in the north of the state.
He replaced Nigel Tillett as the Northern Division director on the QRL board at the League’s AGM in December, 2013.
Renita Garard OAM was appointed as an independent director for the QRL Board earlier in 2017. Her strong professional background and knowledge of elite sport made her a standout candidate for the position.
The first female director, Garard is a landmark appointment for the QRL Board as it strives to grow “leadership, people and culture”
She is also a dual Olympic gold medallist, having been a member of the Australian Women’s Hockey team from 1993 to 2000, while off the sporting field, she has fulfilled board roles with both the International Hockey Federation and Hockey Australia.
She is currently a director with international consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and Board Chairman of the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL).
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.
A presenter with Fox Sports, Ben Ikin is one of the most respected voices in rugby league. Having been appointed to the QRL Board as an Independent Director in November 2017, Ikin will now have direct input into the future direction of the game.
Ikin first shot to prominence at the tender age of 18 when he became the youngster player in State of Origin history to represent the Maroons. He played in all three games of the 1995 series, crossing for a crucial try in Game III as the Maroons completed a remarkable 3-0 series win.
A Gold Coast junior, Ikin would go on to play 17 Origin matches for Queensland and two Tests for Australia. He also played 150 top grade matches for the Gold Coast Seagulls, North Sydney Bears and Brisbane Broncos.
Darryl Van de Velde
Statewide Competitions Director
Through his role as the Statewide Competitions Director, Darryl Van de Velde is now actively involved in the development of Queensland’s premier competition – the Intrust Super Cup.
A well-known and respected rugby league identity, Darryl brings a wealth of experience to the position as a former professional rugby league footballer, coach and administrator.
Darryl played club football in Queensland for Easts, Souths and Redcliffe and represented his state on one occasion in 1977.
He coached Castleford and Warrington in England before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of the South Queensland Crushers club. Darryl is the current chairman of Men of League Queensland and also serves on the respected organisation's National board.