Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

  • Roger Davis (Chairman - NSW Waratahs & NSWRU)

    Roger Davis is an experienced senior executive in the financial services industry, a professional company director and a former Wallaby. Born in Sydney, the former NSW lock represented the Waratahs on 10 occasions between 1973 and 1978 and earned three Test caps for the Wallabies, all against the All Blacks in 1974.

    In May 2013 he was appointed as Chairman of the Bank of Queensland. He is also a Consulting Director at Rothschild Australia Limited and a director of AIG Australia, Argo Investments, Ardent Leisure and Aristocrat Leisure.

    Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in 1974, Mr Davis completed a post graduate Master of Philosophy degree. A qualified Certified Public Accountant, he also holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney and is an Old Boy of The King's School, Parramatta.

    He joined the Board in June 2012 and was appointed chairman in August, succeeding Edwin Zemancheff, who held the position since Waratahs Rugby was established by NSWRU as a separate entity in 2010.

  • Alastair Baxter

    Al Baxter B.Sc (Arch), B.Arch, GAICD is a senior sports architect with Cox Richardson Architects. A former Wallaby and Waratah, he is Australia’s most capped Test prop and the second most capped Waratah of all time. A former pupil at the Shore School, Mr Baxter graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) and Bachelor of Architecture degree.

    In a 13-year playing career spanning two Rugby World Cups, he earned 69 Test caps for the Wallabies before retiring in 2011 as the most capped Wallaby prop in history. He made his NSW Waratahs debut in 1999 and went on represent NSW on 130 occasions over 13 years, playing in the 2006 and 2008 Super Rugby finals and reaching the qualifying finals on three other occasions. He is the most capped NSW prop and the second most capped player of all time behind Phil Waugh.

    Mr Baxter joined the Waratahs Rugby Board in March 2010.

  • Ross Grant

    Born in New Zealand, Mr Ross Grant joined the Waratahs Rugby Board in February 2011. He is Chairman of Grant Samuel Group, an independent investment banking firm which he established in 1988. Mr Grant was previously an Executive Director of Macquarie Bank Limited having joined Hill Samuel Australia Limited (the predecessor of Macquarie Bank Limited) in 1975.

    Mr Grant holds degrees in Mathematics (B.Sc (Hons) - Otago University), Economics (M.Com (Hons) - Canterbury University) and Business Administration (MBA - University of NSW). He is also a Director of The Centre for Independent Studies, a Director of Australian Wildlife Conservancy, a Director of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, and a Director of Sydney Symphony. Mr Grant was the guest speaker at the Australian School of Business 2011 Awards Ceremony.

  • Sally Loane


    Sally Loane joined the Financial Services Council as Chief Executive Officer in December 2014. Prior to this she had an extensive career in the corporate sector, working at Coca-Cola Amatil from 2006-2014 as the Director of Media and Public Affairs, and in the media industry, where she worked  as a journalist for Australia's major print, radio and television media organisations.

    Sally spent several years in the press gallery in Parliament House, Canberra as a journalist, and five and a half years as a broadcaster for ABC radio in Sydney where she hosted the Morning program on 702 ABC Sydney. She worked as a journalist, columnist and feature writer for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Sun, The Courier-Mail, the Sun Herald and The National Times, and as a reporter on Channel 10.Her first book, an investigative examination of Australia’s child-care industry, was published in 1997.

    Sally grew up on a wool-growing property near Tenterfield, NSW and the sale of her family’s property was featured on the ABC’s Australian Story. She was educated at Somerville House, Brisbane and studied Arts at the University of Queensland.

    A director of the Waratahs Rugby Board since March 2010, Sally is also a director of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, a governor of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and a member of the Salvation Army’s Media Advisory Board.


  • Paul Timmins

    Paul Timmins is the newest director, having joined the Board in August 2012. Mr Timmins is the Chief Operating Officer at UXC Limited, one of the largest Australian owned ICT (information and communications technology) services companies, a position he has held since 2011. For the prior six years he was Managing Director of the UXC subsidiary; UXC Connect.

    He is also a member of the NSW Rugby Union Board of Directors, Chairman of NSW Suburban Rugby and a Life Member of the Old Ignatians Rugby Club.

    Hailing from the Central West town of Condobolin, Mr Timmins was educated at St Josephs College and completed a Bachelor of Business at Mitchell College in Bathurst. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant of Australia (CPA) and a long-time community player, having played in NSW Country with Condobolin and Mitchell College, in the Sydney Competition with Norths, in Subbies with Old Ignatians and overseas with Hong Kong Football Club.

  • Andrew Hore - Chief Executive Officer, Waratahs Rugby & NSW Rugby Union

    With 20 years’ experience in rugby, Andrew Hore has an excellent reputation for building solid teams that work across the business to create strong and sustainable results.

    Hore spent the last four years at the helm of Ospreys in Wales, one of Europe’s leading rugby brands. Whilst there he helped develop the vision for the Ospreys region, overseeing the financial planning while maintaining a strong level of commercial and rugby performance.

    He also led the development of a Community Foundation for Ospreys, to enhance the Club’s commitment to the community, and has also been extensively involved in negotiations to expand the European Rugby Competition.

    With a background in sports science and business management, Hore started as the Performance Manager for Canterbury Rugby in 1997 and was involved in the initiation of the first rugby academy in New Zealand.

    He continued as the Conditioning Coach for Canterbury Rugby and Crusaders Rugby from 1999 to 2002, a period which saw the Crusaders win the Super 12 Championship on three occasions.

    In 2002, Hore joined the Welsh Rugby Union as Director of Physical Conditioning and Player Development. Whilst there he played an integral part in redeveloping the structure and culture of the Club, building a system which helped produce a grand slam winning team in 2005, the first grand slam for Wales in 27 years.

    He then became the High Performance Manager at New Zealand Rugby Union before returning to Wales in his initial role at Ospreys as Chief Operating Officer.

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