Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

  • Roger Davis (Chairman)

    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 Coca-Cola Amatil in January 2006 as the Director of Media and Public Affairs after 25 years in the media, working as a journalist and columnist for Australia's major newspapers, including The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. She spent five and a half years as a broadcaster for ABC radio in Sydney where she hosted the Morning program on 702 ABC Sydney.

    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.

  • Michael Miller

    Appointed as CEO of APN News and Media in May of this year, Michael Miller was previously the Regional Director for News Limited in NSW. Prior to that, he held a number of senior roles including Managing Director of Nationwide News and Managing Director of Advertiser Newspapers in South Australia. He has also been the Group Marketing Director for News Limited and Marketing Director for the Herald and Weekly Times.

    Mr Miller has a degree in applied science in communications from the University of Technology in Sydney.

    A Director of News Limited, SKY Television Network in New Zealand and the Committee for Sydney, Mr Miller joined the Waratahs Rugby Board in February 2012. Previously he had been a director of Fox Sports Australia and the South Australia Rugby Union and chaired the Adelaide International Rugby Sevens.

  • 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.

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  • Jason Allen - Chief Executive Officer

    Jason Allen joined Waratahs Rugby in November 2010 after two years as Chief Executive of the South Australian Motor Sport Board, the organisation responsible for Australia’s largest and most-awarded sporting event, the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars race.

    A passionate rugby supporter, Mr Allen has over 20 years' experience of building and growing organisations, having held a variety of senior executive positions with blue chip companies across Australia, including senior roles for Carlton United Breweries and Southcorp Wines, and National General Manager of Consumer Sales for Vodafone Australia.

    Mr Allen was responsible for Vodafone’s joint major sponsorship of the Port Adelaide AFL Club and also served on the club’s Marketing Executive. His passion for the greater community has seen him sit on a number of Boards, including Variety South Australia. Until recently he was a Chairman’s Club Member and Ambassador of the Port Adelaide AFL Club.

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