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 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.


  • Michael miller

    Appointed as Executive Chairman of News Corp Australasia in June 2015, Michael Miller's previous roles included CEO of APN News and Media, and 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.

  • greg harris - Chief Executive Officer

    Greg Harris was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Waratahs Rugby in March 2015, after four years as CEO of the Rugby Union Players’ Association.

    Prior to this Greg had established a successful professional career across a diverse range of portfolios within the sporting industry.

    He was the Executive Director of Sydney University Sport from 1992 to 2008 where he established the premier university sporting program in Australia. In 2008 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Western Force and Rugby WA before returning to Sydney at the end of 2009 and was a consultant to the Melbourne Rebels in 2010.

    Greg was also Chairman of the National Rugby League Education and Welfare Committee (2003-2008), Chairman of the Australian University Sport Committee on Student Service Fees (2005-2008), an Industry Advisory Board Member to the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney (2007- 2008) and to Sports Knowledge Australia (2005-2008).

    Greg began his senior sporting career playing AFL for the St. George club whilst still at high school. He was invited to train with VFL club Richmond but elected to study economics at the University of Sydney where he joined the rugby union club.

    As a rugby union player he represented Sydney University in first grade competition from 1973-1977. He also represented Sydney Rugby Union (1975-1977) and Australian Universities (1974-1977) and in 1978 he played a season of rugby league for Cronulla-Sutherland.

    Greg’s sporting talent in 1979 returned to AFL where he captain-coached East Sydney to four premiership wins as well as being captain and coach of the NSW AFL team. During 1989-1991 Greg coached the Sydney Swans under-19 team and was the Chairman of Selectors at the Sydney Swans from 1994 to 1996.

    Greg's other passion is his keen interest in thoroughbred horse racing and breeding.

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