Graeme Thompson - Chair

A former Scotland international at student and senior levels, Graeme was the first rugby league development officer for Scotland. He went on to work in the academy and development departments at the London Broncos from 1998 to 2001 before joining the RFL's Performance Department, becoming Performance Director in 2006 and England Team Manager for the 2008 world cup.

He left rugby league to take up a post at UK Sport followed by being the Performance Director for GB Water Polo. He is presently Performance Director for GB Curling. Graeme has been a Director on the RLEF Board since 2010 and on the RLIF Board since 2011

Peter Beattie (Deputy Chair)

Peter Beattie attended the University of Queensland.

Has a BA/LLB (Arts/Law degrees) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Arts (MA)from Queensland University of Technology and 5 honorary Doctorates including an Hon Doctorate in Science from University of Queensland (2003) and an honorary Doctor of Laws from University of South Carolina.

Premier of Queensland from June 26, 1998 to September 13, 2007 and for most of that time Minister for Trade. Previously Minister for Health and later Leader of the Opposition before becoming Premier. 

Member for Brisbane Central for 18 years.

Was awarded an AC in 2012.

Won the first Biotechnology Industry Organisation’s inaugural “International Award for Leadership Excellence” in 2008.

Queensland Trade & Investment Commissioner to the Americas: May 2008 – July 2010

Former advisor and guest lecturer on global economic development strategies at Clemson University, South Carolina (ranked 25th US public university by US News & World Report).

Former Chair of GOLDOC (Organising Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games); currently Director of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund;  Ambassador for Life Sciences Queensland; joint adjunct professor at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology & Institute for Molecular Bioscience. 

Charles Carlson

Charles Carlson is the President of the Cook Islands Rugby League since 2004. He was elected as the new President of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC) in March 2013 and represents APRLC on the Rugby League International Board. Charles is employed as the Director of Emergency Management Cook Islands, a division under the Office of the Prime Minister.

An active member of the United Nations Damage Assessment Coordinators that gets called upon during major disasters in the region. While his workplace is very demanding, his passion for the game is quite eminent. Charles still plays league at the masters level local/international and is very passionate to see the game grow within the Asia Pacific region and internationally.

Todd Greenberg

Todd Greenberg is currently the CEO at the National Rugby League (NRL), previous to this role, he was Head of Football at the NRL with responsibility to develop and lead Football strategy and operations across the whole of game. This includes leading and governing the NRL Elite competitions along with an oversight across Game development, Pathways and Participation.

Prior to joining the NRL, Greenberg spent six years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bulldogs Rugby League Club making him at the time, the youngest CEO in the National Rugby League.

Reon Edwards

Reon Edwards is Chairman of New Zealand Rugby League and Director of the Rugby League International Federation. He has been involved with Rugby League since 1980 having played the game for 25 years and then becoming involved in various administration and governance roles within the game. He has also held several governance roles within the commercial sector since 2013.

 

Reon has a strong commercial background across the Airline and International Freight Forwarding/Logistics industries. Over the past 20 years he has been employed in various senior management and sales & marketing roles. He was also shareholder of an International Freight Forwarding/Logistics business until 2017 when his business was acquired by global leader DB Schenker. Reon is now employed as the New Zealand Director of DB Schenker, responsible for over 150 staff.

 

In 2011, Reon graduated from Massey University with an MBA and has continued his executive development by completing courses through the NZ Institute of Directors and Mt Eliza Business School in Melbourne.

 

Reon leads a busy but enjoyable life together with his wife and daughter. In his spare time he loves training at the gym, competing in trail running events and travelling overseas with the family.

 

Paul Nicholson

Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a

A certified public accountant and former Toa Samoa Captain, Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a is the President of Rugby League Samoa. Su’a graduated from Lincoln University, New Zealand, with a degree in Bcom Accounting.

He became a member of the Samoa Institute of Accountants and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and established the ground breaking Samoan accounting and sports facilitating firm, Su’a & Associates. In 2012 Su’a & Associates was honoured with the International Star Award for Quality in the Gold Category during the International Star for Quality Convention in Geneva, Switzerland.

Su’a has been involved heavily in both rugby league and union in Samoa since completing university, becoming Captain of the national Toa Samoa rugby league team in 1999. In 2005 he was elected President of Marist Sports Club, a role he held for 6 years until he resigned in 2011 to take up the Presidency of Rugby League Samoa. Su’a is also an executive member of the HSBC Penguins International Rugby Club.

A highly regarded and trusted business advisor, Su’a serves on a variety of Samoan government and private boards and committees, including acting as Chairman for the SPREP Audit Committee in Apia and Treasurer of the Asia Pacific Island Rugby League Federation. He is Vice Chairman of the Marist Ben Leia Trust, established to support the former Manu youth rugby league player who became a tetraplegic after a horrific training accident. After serving as board member of the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Federation, Su’a was elected to the board of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) in 2013. With shrewd business acumen and a passion for sport focussing on growth in the Pacific Region, international level.

Ralph Rimmer

Ralph Rimmer was appointed onto the board of the Rugby Football League in 2013 after joining the organisation as Chief Operating Officer in October 2010. He has a wealth of experience at every level of the game, coupled with extensive knowledge in stadia and leisure development.

 

He played community rugby league for many years as a junior and senior for Ulverston ARLFC and went on to captain the Liverpool University team and play at student international level, before playing for Wakefield side, Stanley old Boys.

 

He began his professional career within the sport in South Yorkshire in 1991 as a Development Officer with Doncaster. He then took up a similar role with Sheffield Eagles three years later, going onto become General Manager and then Chief Executive of the then Super League club.

 

Following the club’s historic Challenge Cup Final victory over Wigan at Wembley in 1998, Rimmer went on to spend 5 years as the Chief Executive at Huddersfield Giants before moving on to the board as a non-executive director and taking on the role as the managing director of the stadium company, Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd.

 

In the last decade Rimmer spent four years as a non-executive director of Huddersfield Town AFC, helping to take the club out of administration; and also managed the Irish national rugby league team from 1997 to 2002 (including the 2000 Rugby League World Cup) and the Yorkshire Origin team in 2002; He was also non-executive Chairman of The Sporting Pride Community Trust, in Huddersfield, between 2007 and 2010.

 

As Managing Director of KSDL he was Project Lead on the £2m stadium redevelopment in 2007 and also on the £150m The HD One Leisure Development. He acted as a management consultant on several stadia developments including; Leigh Sports Village, Colchester United FC Stadium and also the Salford City Stadium.

Greg Peters

Nigel Wood CEO

Nigel has a long and outstandingly successful career in Rugby League administration, serving as the Rugby Football League’s Chief Executive Officer between 2007 and 2018 and Chief Executive and Director of Super League (Europe) Ltd from its creation in 1996 until 2018. During this time the RFL and SLE Ltd have grown revenues from £18m to £52m and have delivered profits in each consecutive year and investment around the sport has reached record levels. Prior to his CEO role, Nigel was formerly Chief Operating Officer and Financial Director at the RFL having joined the organisation in 2001 following a significant period of political and financial distress within the sport.

Nigel was also the Chairman of the hugely successful Rugby League World Cup 2013.

 

Internationally, Nigel was the Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation from 2014 to 2018 and became the Chief Executive Officer of the RLIF in June 2018.

 

Before entering the sport of Rugby League, Nigel was Chief Executive of Super League club Halifax Blue Sox, 1995-2001, and Deputy Head of Finance for BBC North. Prior to this, Nigel held roles in the textile industry, manufacturing and chartered accountants Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. Nigel is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and graduated from the University of Bradford in 1996 with an MBA in Business Administration.

 

Nigel played Rugby League for Bradford Northern and Halifax RLFC at junior levels and Huddersfield at reserve grade, together with a number of seasons playing Amateur Rugby League in the Pennine League.

More recently Nigel has deposited his extensive private collection of Rugby League programmes at the University of Huddersfield’s Rugby League archive to create a national archive for the sport. The collection currently stands at approximately 20,000 programmes.