Super Rugby

Board of Directors


Mr Rod McCall - Chairman

Since being appointed in 2009 as Chairman of Queensland Rugby, Rod McCall has worked to turn around the fortunes of the state governing body and its many assets, the community game which includes over 200 sub unions and clubs, in excess of 450 schools, and the St.George Queensland Reds. Rod previously served as a Director of the ARU in 1996 as the RUPA appointed Director and again from 2007 to 2009. He had an extensive Rugby playing career, representing Queensland and Australia from 1986 to 1995. He played 107 games for Queensland and 40 Tests for Australia, including winning the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Rod is currently the Managing Director of successful printing company IPG Print.


Mr Jim Carmichael - CEO

Mr Jim Carmichael became Queensland Rugby CEO in November 2009, with almost 30 years experience as a senior executive, board member and executive management consultant within a range of business types, including local and international, private and publicly listed start-up and established organisations.  The industries Mr Carmichael has experience in include multi-media, lifestyle, entertainment and major sports industries. More recently Mr Carmichael was a senior executive with the Australian Football League in various roles including Head of New Business and Enterprise, developing major strategic initiatives to produce sustainable growth, profit and brand value for the AFL, State league bodies and clubs. 


Mr Mark Connors

Prior to his appointment to the Queensland Rugby Board in April 2012, Mark Connors served as a Director of the Australian Rugby Union Board for five years from 2007 spanning both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. As the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) representative on the ARU Board, Connors’ appointment enhances the QRU with the necessary skills to address the many challenges facing the Code in the next three years. As a former player, Mark represented both the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies. He 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. Mark is an Investment Adviser with Wilson HTM in Brisbane. Prior to that he held a career in law for 12 years where he worked with firms MurphySchmidt Solicitors and Ebsworth & Ebsworth Lawyers.


Mr Damien Frawley

Following the 2013 QRU Annual General Meeting, held on 20 April, the QRU Board appointed Damien Frawley as its first independent director.
Damien had a distinguished playing career in Rugby Union, representing both Queensland and NSW as well as playing 10 Tests for the Wallabies.
Damien is currently the CEO of the successful institutional investment manager, QIC - having taken up the role in 2012.
Damien has over 26 years’ experience in the financial services sector, with a strong focus on developing and executing strategy, particularly around growth and sales.
Most recently, Damien was the country head of BlackRock Australia, responsible for managing $45 billion of assets on behalf of clients. Prior to this, Damien was BlackRock’s Head of Account Management, overseeing sales, marketing and product efforts across institutional and retail channels.
Damien’s career has also included roles at Merrill Lynch Investment Management, Barclays Global Investors and Citibank.
Damien is a member of CEDA State Advisory Council (October 2012) and a member of the Financial Services Council Investment Board Committee (December 2012).


Mr James Horwill - Players' representative

St.George Queensland Reds captain James Horwill took his game to new heights in 2011 where he was a major influence in leading his young team to their first Super Rugby title in the professional era.

Horwill featured in 16 of the 18 matches during the Reds outstanding premiership campaign and he continued his career-best form throughout the Wallabies first successful Tri Nations tournament since 2001. Horwill ‘s strong leadership capabilities were nationally recognised prior to the deciding Tri Nations clash when he was given the ultimate honour of being announced as the Wallabies captain for the 2012 World Cup.


Mr Paul McNicholl BSc (Hons) (UQ), BEcon (UQ), GAICD

Paul McNicholl has more than 25 years of experience in senior executive roles in major public companies in both the industrial and consumer retail markets. Currently Managing Director of Valmont Australia Paul has a wealth of business knowledge and commercial acumen. He is also a Director of Donhad Pty Ltd and Webforge Australia Pty Ltd. Past Directorships include Voca Communications Pty Ltd and the Australian Steel Institute. Paul played for Queensland in 71-72, served on the Committee of the University of Qld Rugby Club for 10 years and was a referee for several years. He was elected to the Board on April 17, 2010.


Mr Mark Thompson BBus, CPA, CFP

A partner at Whytes Accountants and Business Advisors Mark Thompson provides Specialised Taxation Advice with a significant focus on the Professional Sport industry. Mark’s client base spans numerous participants within this sector including sportspeople, media executives, coaches, talent management companies, sport organisations and their executives. In addition to Mark's role as a Director on the Board of Queensland Rugby Mark’s community involvement has included postings as Chairman of St Patrick's College Shorncliffe and Chairman of Brothers Rugby Club as well as Founding Director of Mimiki Foundation. Mark was elected to the Board on April 17, 2010.


Mr Chris White

A sports and event management specialist, Chris White is the Managing Director of talent and sponsorship management company, International Quarterback. Chris has previously been on the Board of Events Queensland and Tourism Queensland. Through Chris’s many years experience in the sports industry he has built up exceptional contacts across corporate, sports, media and government. Chris was elected to the Board on April 17, 2010. 


Mr Ross Thompson

Ross’ leadership and operational skills have been proven in sports, corporate and military environments. Most recently, Ross was the Group Operations Manager for Cardno in Brisbane. During his corporate career, Ross has built sustainable and profitable operations in Australia, Middle East and across Asia and Africa, and run a successful Emerging Markets business for a global, ASX-listed company. He was responsible for overseeing the development of a world class sporting facility in Abu Dhabi and managing the operations for the inaugural Formula One race there. He has a passion for Rugby and has played all over the world, including representing the British Army and Scottish Exiles. Ross was appointed by the Board on August 6th 2015 to fill a casual vacancy and this was later confirmed by the Members on August 29th 2015.





Office Bearers




Mr Tony Shaw - President

Queensland Rugby President Tony Shaw is a former Wallabies and Queensland Captain who played 36 Tests between 1973 and 1982.  Mr Shaw has been serving as President of Queensland Rugby since 2010, was President of the Brothers Rugby Club in Brisbane, and has over 40 years’ experience in insurance broking. He captained the Wallabies for 15 of his international matches and is most recognised for his role as a Test flanker however he also played matches as a lock or number eight. Tony was also inducted into the Wallaby Hall of Fame in 2012 cementing his place in Australian Rugby History.



Mr Bill Ross - Vice President

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.



Mr Andrew Slack - Vice President

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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