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Corporate Social Responsibility Commitee

Objective of the committee

  • To provide input into and support the development of an overall strategy for co-ordinating, growing and leveraging rugby league’s community and social impact across Queensland
  • Identify gaps and support business units to build out programs through increased engagement of corporate and government partnerships
  • To make recommendations to the Queensland Rugby League Board on the key strategies that will have a positive community impact in our rugby league communities
  • To monitor and review the effectiveness of these programs and continue to evaluate where and how QRL can engagement with our communities

Members of the committee

Naomi McCarthy - QRL independent director and CSR Committee chair

Naomi McCarthy is an independent director on the QRL Board with a long history in sport and sports administration. She is dual Olympian and gold medallist in water polo and has held various positions on sporting boards. Naomi is the sport engagement manager at Griffith University.

"I am a member of the Queensland Rugby League CSR Committee because I see the connection that rugby league has in all our communities across Queensland and the enormous ability for the sport to benefit both these communities and individuals both on and off the football field," McCarthy said.

Clinton Begg - QRL director

Clinton Begg is a North Queensland-based administrator with a long-standing connection to rugby league. Begg's 30-year involvement in the game spans multiple facets, from his junior playing days to refereeing, volunteering, and serving as an administrator. A life member of the North Queensland Rugby League Referees, Begg is former top-level referee who is passionate about driving positive experiences for match officials across the state. Begg has extensive professional experience working with government departments and agencies, both state and federally, and has also operated within the Australian Small Business Advisory Service. Having also worked with well-known national and international brands, Begg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the QRL Board.

"Being a member of the QRL CSR Committee will allow me to assist in further shaping the work undertaken already achieved and identified by the CSR Committee in showcasing rugby league and its community and social impact across QLD," Begg said.

Arthur Eustace-Earle - QRL government relations manager

Arthur Eustace-Earle's role aims to identify, build and maintain relationships and partnerships across key Queensland state, local and federal government departments and agencies, corporate and other stakeholders to identify opportunities and to ensure increased financial assistance and other support is delivered across the game in Queensland. The role also works to ensure the game is positioned as a respected voice on critical areas of public policy of interest to rugby league.

He is currently overseeing the “Growim na Sapotim Rugby League lo PNG” Program which is a joint QRL / PacificAus Sports initiative aimed at growing and supporting rugby league in PNG, particularly in the female high performance space. 

"Being a member of the Queensland Rugby League CSR Committee is important to me because it places me in a great position to ensure the game of Rugby League and the QRL provide positive social value to and actively give back to the community. Being involved in providing opportunities for regional and remote locations to host Activate! Queensland Country Week games and the PNG program reinforce the importance of having committees such as this one," Eustace-Earle said.

Scott Nosworthy - QRL state strategy manager

Scott Nosworthy has worked in rugby league for nearly 17 years, close to five years as a development officer and nearly 12 for the QRL. He recently moved from the position of QRL North region manager, a role he was in for 11-plus years, to the state strategy role - a role he is enjoying immensely. Prior to this he was a teacher and during this time coached rugby league, which he continued to do as a volunteer when his boys played junior league for nearly 10 years and he still enjoys the odd appearance as a match official across North Queensland when required.

"Being a member of the Queensland Rugby League CSR Committee is important to me because it provides me with the opportunity to work internally within the QRL and externally in communities across Queensland and the game to help drive the operationalisation of the strategies of the QRL and ensure we achieve our vision – to unite, excite and inspire people to create communities that are deeply connected to the game," Nosworthy said.

Jason Garrick - Brisbane Hustlers RUFC president

Jason Garrick is a practising lawyer, grassroots sports organiser and inclusion in sports advocate. .Garrick's professional interests relate to responses to domestic and family violence and LGBTIQA+ inclusion strategies. Garrick is a proud product of Central Queensland and played for Middlemount Panthers Junior Rugby League.

"I believe that we should elevate rugby league as a pillar of Queensland communities. Rugby league has been part of so many Queenslanders' lives and an integral part of communities. I am a member of the Queensland Rugby League CSR Committee because I believe in the vast array of benefits to both the individual and community that arise from participation in rugby league," Garrick said.

Dean Daylight - South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships regional director

As an Aboriginal man, Dean Daylight has spent most of his life building on the strengths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to be culturally, socially and economically strong. Additionally, Daylight has also spent near 30 years in rugby league as a player, coach and administrator.

"Being a member of the Queensland Rugby League CSR Committee is important to me because it’s about creating a greater social impact for our communities. I am proud to be part of an organisation that is prepared to dive deeper into the concerns of our communities, and leverage the game to explore opportunities aimed at the improvement of society and humanity," Daylight said.

Gemma Davidson - QRL people and capability general manager 

Gemma Davidson joined QRL in January 2022 in the role of people and capability general manager, leading the human resources, office management and reception team. Prior to the QRL, Davidson was in senior HR leadership roles as head of HR for National Storage Australia and NZ, people and culture manager for Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and HR manager for national chartered accountant firm Vincents.

"Being a member of the Queensland Rugby League CSR Committee is important to me because it is a chance to be part of a group of people who can enact change on and off the filled through social impact in communities throughout Queensland," Davidson said.

Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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