Originally born in Arizona in 1962, former Queensland and Wallabies flanker Jeff Miller and his family made the move to Australia in 1965. He was then introduced to Rugby Union at De La Salle College in Scarborough.
Following school, Miller first played Brisbane Club Rugby for Teachers/Norths where he modelled his game on Chris Roche before making his debut for Queensland in 1982 at the age of 19. Despite being selected for the Wallabies tour to Italy and France at the end of 1982, Miller battled for Queensland and Australian selection throughout the early stages of his career with Roche, GPS’ David Codey and Wests’ Julian Gardner.
1986 was a turning point for Miller, with the flanker making his Wallabies debut during the Australian side’s tour of New Zealand at Carisbrook. A controversial ‘no try’ decision robbed the Wallabies of a win. The series and the Bledisloe Cup hinged on the third Test at Eden Park, and it was in this match that Miller made his mark as Australia won convincingly by 22 points to 9.
Miller was a regular in in the Queensland and Wallabies sides thereafter and featured for Australia at the 1987 Rugby World Cup. In 1989 Miller also played against the touring British & Irish Lions, taking part in the brutal ‘Battle of Ballymore’ match.
Miller played his last game for Queensland in 1991, fittingly in a match against Wales at Ballymore. He was carried off the field after the match on the shoulders of Michael Lynagh and Cameron Lillicrap, whom he had played club Rugby with for University of Queensland as well as at a state and national level. Miller went on to play in the pool stages of the 1991 World Cup but was omitted from the semi-final and final with then head coach Bob Dwyer opting for more height in the back-row, introducing Souths’ loose-forward Troy Coker to the starting XV.
In an illustrious career, Miller gave his all in 69 games for Queensland and 26 Test matches. After retiring from Rugby, Miller moved into coaching and was assistant coach to Rod Macqueen when the Wallabies won the World Cup in 1999 in Wales. He then moved on to become the high-performance general manager for Australian Rugby before becoming CEO of Queensland Rugby Union. When Andrew Slack resigned as coach of the Queensland Reds, Miller returned to coaching as head coach of the Reds from 2004 to 2006. He served as QRU President from 2015 – 2018.
James is an experienced senior finance executive with more than 25 years of progressive experience that bridges commercial growth with finance and operations management within both the Public and Private sector having most recently worked with Aurizon, Brambles and NMHG. He has a comprehensive understanding of corporate governance, risk management and managing financial performance. James has extensive involvement in Queensland rugby having played with GPS Old Boys Rugby Club and coached colts, junior club and schoolboy rugby.
First appointed to the QRU Board in April 2012, Mark Connors served as a Director of the ARU Board for five years from 2007 spanning both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. Mark was also previously a Queensland elected member on the RUPA executive committee in the first few years of professional rugby from 1996. Mark played 134 games for Queensland and gained 20 caps for the Wallabies including Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup wins. He was also a member of the 1999 World Cup winning Wallaby team. For the last 5 years Mark has coached a junior rugby union team at Brothers’ Rugby Union. Mark is currently the Qld State Manager of FIIG Securities and is also also a Board Member of the Australia Japan Foundation (Australia’s oldest cultural foundation).
Nathan Sharpe played 70 times for the Reds and earned 116 caps for Australia. Originally from Wagga Wagga (NSW), Sharpe’s affinity with Rugby began when he moved to Queensland as an 11-year-old. As a teenager, he studied at Gold Coast Rugby nursery The Southport School, where he earned representative honours with the Queensland and Australian Schoolboys sides. He also went on to represent the Australian Under-19s and Under-21s. He joined the Queensland Reds squad in 1996, as an 18-year-old, and went on to represent the state 70 times between 1998 and 2005. The imposing lock made his Test debut in 2002 and captained the Wallabies during his final tour in 2012. He was previously a RUPA Board Director from 2004-2008 and also from 2010-2012. Sharpe, who lives in Queensland, hung up his boots in 2012 and is now a Director of a national recruitment company. He has kept in touch with the game since retirement as a player, including as a Wallabies set-piece coach in 2013. He has also held various commentary roles with broadcasters Fox Sports and Channel 10 and is an ambassador for the QRU, Brothers Rugby Club and GingerCloud initiative ‘Modified Rugby Program’, which allows children who learn and perceive differently to play Rugby.
Mark’s extensive business experience includes:
Mark has made a significant contribution to community Rugby. He served on the board and was Treasurer of Queensland Junior Rugby Union and is a past President of Brothers Junior Rugby Club which won the coveted Club of the Year award in his final two years as President. Mark was awarded Life Membership of Brothers Rugby Club in 2015.
He is a Director and is the Treasurer of Royal Queensland Golf Club.
Mark also invented a fund raising concept which has raised over $10m for charity to date.
Boyd Curran was born 13 April 1966 and has a long history of playing and being involved at an administrative level in Rugby in Queensland.
Boyd spent his secondary school years at renowned Queensland Rugby schools TSS and Downlands before commencing a successful club career at Queensland Premier Club GPS, culminating in representing Queensland at under18, under19, under21 and Australia at under21 level.
Boyd was in the role of Western Queensland Rugby President for 3 years (2007 - 2009), and more recently served as Queensland Country Rugby President from 2010 to 2013.
Boyd also captained Queensland Country from 1989 to 1993.
Boyd is currently Managing Partner at Landmark Greater Western Queensland Partnership, which services pastoral enterprises and regional communities in Central and North Western Queensland with branches in Blackall, Longreach and Winton.
Jane Schmitt is a lawyer by profession with significant experience in executive management and has been CEO and Company Secretary of the Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMA Queensland) since 2009. AMA Queensland is the state’s peak medical body representing the interests of more than 6,000 doctors. Jane has strong governance background with exposure to and understanding of Board relationships and engagement; providing advice on strategy and policy development, advocacy and reporting. She is currently a Director and Chair of MND and Me Foundation, Director of Independent Schools Queensland, Australian Society of Association Executives (Ausae) and Executive Director of AMA Queensland Foundation.
Selwyn Button is the Assistant Director-General, State School – Indigenous Education Department of Education and Training Queensland Government. He is also a current member of the Queensland Rugby Union’s Indigenous Advisory Council. Selwyn has undertaken senior executive roles throughout his career that have enabled him to support economic, health, education and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Queensland. This commitment has translated to his long-term relationship with the Queensland Rugby Union Indigenous Program. In his recent professional work, Selwyn has overseen the most significant improvements in educational outcomes for Indigenous students in Queensland state schools including Year 12 outcomes, NAPLAN performance and attendance rates. Prior to this, from 2010 to 2014, Selwyn led the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), the peak non-government health organisation for Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services (AICCHS). During that period, he oversaw reforms focussing on improving the quality of health care for Indigenous people, combined with improving overall governance and accountability processes for community organisations.
David Codey was born 7 July 1957 and is a former NSW, Queensland and Wallaby representative, who made 13 Test match appearances as flanker between 1983 and 1987, captaining Australia on one occasion against the All Blacks in 1987.
David is currently a Consulting Adviser and Head of Morgans Aged Care Advice team, having been with Morgans Financial Limited since 1987. He has held a range of senior management positions within the group, including: Director, Head of Financial Planning, Head of Marketing and Founding Director of Morgans self-managed superannuation fund administration subsidiary, YESS.
Queensland Rugby Vice President Bill Ross is a former Wallaby and Queensland player and Queensland team manager, who was elected as a Queensland Rugby Vice President in 2010. Mr Ross is a senior executive with Savills Queensland and a committee member of both the Vintage Reds and Classic Wallabies.
Grand Slam winning Wallabies captain Andrew Slack was elected alongside fellow Vice President Bill Ross in 2012. Slack enjoyed a prolific and highly decorated Rugby career for both Queensland and the Wallabies. He played 39 Tests, 19 of those as the Australian captain in the early 80s. His 133 appearances for Queensland between 1975 and 1987 stood as the Queensland record until bettered by Mark Connors in 2006. Mr Slack was also the captain for the Wallabies' historic 1984 tour Grand Slam and led the side to Bledisloe Cup victory and a World Cup semi-final. Following his playing career, Slack spent three years as a national selector for the Wallabies before he relinquished that role to coach the Queensland Reds in season 2003. He is the Sports Editor for Nine News Brisbane and also a Rugby Columnist for the Sunday Mail.
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