Board

The Board of WDRFCL is comprised of the following members:

FELICITY BENNETTS 

Felicity has been a business manager for her family Physiotherapy practice for the last 18 years. Juggling that role part time whilst working for the Queensland Ambulance Service for 5 years 2005-2010 and full time since.

Felicity is heavily involved with rugby at all levels, a level 2 World Rugby qualified coach, manager Qld Super W Program, Qld Men’s 7’s program, and International Invitational set up Tribe 7’s.

Felicity is also the President of the Ballymore Ladies group which supply medical equipment and supplies to local clubs as well as providing critical sideline support services at Ballymore and QRU Events. Felicity is a permanent member and newly appointed Director of Women’s Rugby, 7’s Rugby and Junior girls at Wests.

JOHN CLIFFORD

John is Managing Director of Morgans Financial Ltd, one of Australia’s leading Stockbroking firms.  John has over 25 year’s experience in financial markets, and his roles have included research and company analysis, sales and account management at retail and wholesale levels, product development, and management.  In his role as Managing Director, John oversees a team of 500 advisors in every state and territory of Australia.  He also serves as Chairman of The Gregory Terrace Foundation.

John’s involvement with Wests dates back to 2008 as a junior parent of 4 Bulldogs and has coached various junior teams over that period.  More recently, John has served on the Junior Committee.

SCOTT HARRISON 

Scott has worked in the Catholic Education sector since 2006 and is currently employed as Senior Manager Assurance with Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE). Scott leads the design and delivery of the assurance and internal auditing function within BCE.

Scott was Principal of his own accounting and auditing practice from 1998 to 2005, and prior to this was an Associate of a mid-tier Chartered Accountancy firm.

Scott has a Bachelor of Commerce (Acct), is a former registered company auditor, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA).

Scott coaches senior rugby and is a Life Member of the Club.

TONY HAWKINS

Tony was for 19 years CEO of WorkCover Queensland which provides workers compensation insurance to over 160,000 businesses across the state covering 2 million workers – a $1.5 billion insurance business… Prior to this, Tony spent 15 years with the AXA group in customer service roles and 15 years in the coal mining and building construction materials divisions of CSR. He is a Director of Lexon Insurance and the Qld Government State Investment Advisory Board. He was awarded an AM in the 2019 Australia Day Honours list.

Tony is a Life Member of Wests having served as a coach, manager and committeeman of both the junior and senior clubs since 1992.

PETER SCHMIDT

Peter is a Senior Consultant at international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, having recently stepped down after nearly 25 years as a partner. Peter was the head of the Brisbane office of NRF (with a staff of over 150 people) for 5 years.

Peter has mostly worked in litigation and commercial disputes, specialising in restructuring of solvent and insolvent companies. He also advises large public and private companies on risk management and corporate governance. Peter was recently appointed by the Qld Attorney General as a member of the Council at the Queensland Law Society. Peter also sits on the board of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association which is the peak industry body for lawyers and accountants that practice in that field.

Peter’s association with West’s extends back to when after leaving school he played intermittently with the then lowest senior team at the club, back when training was optional or occurred at the Regatta. Peter’s three sons all played junior rugby at West up to under 11’s. Peter was the president of the junior club for a number of years and was part of the working committee that obtained funding to install irrigation on the second oval for the first time.

JOHN SLOMAN

John is a Director of Hall Chadwick QLD, a CBD based Chartered Accounting firm with approximately 80 staff.

John joined Hall Chadwick QLD in 1995 and has been a director since 2001. John has approximately 25 years’ experience in the taxation and business services field covering a broad range of industries.  His passion is for working with family owned businesses.  Having grown up on a family farm in Glen Innes, John has a particular interest in the agriculture and agribusiness industry.  With a wide client base in rural Queensland, John regularly travels to Roma, Emerald, Cloncurry and Richmond.  Together with this interest in agribusiness, John has also developed a strong customer base in defence related businesses and in software and technology companies.

John played for Wests from 1991 to 2007, and also has previously served on the Board of WDRFCL as treasurer from 2005 to 2009.

GEOFF WESSLING 

Geoff has been connected with Wests since 1970.  Initially playing with the U15 to U19 teams and then from 1976 – 1982 in first grade.  In 1977 he was appointed captain of first grade who went on to win West’s initial first grade premiership.  Over many years Geoff has kept a keen interest in the Club, taking on coaching responsibilities as well as serving as a Director on the Club’s Board over a period of 5 years.  During this period he held the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary.

Other governance responsibilities include directorships for Jigsaw Training Group Pty Ltd, Professional Counsellors Association Australia and as a committee member of the Lang Park PCYC.

Geoff is currently the CEO of TCCW Consulting Pty Ltd, a company specialising in international educational management and partnerships.  As a consultant he has acted in leadership positions for the PGA International Golf Institute, Russo Business School, Careers Australia and Royal Brisbane Institute of Technology.  He has also brokered successful partnerships between Australian and overseas universities and colleges.

Prior to the mentioned responsibilities, he held the position of COO for C Management Services, an international education management company and was the CEO of the International School Suva.  His qualifications include a Master of Educational Administration, a Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership, a Graduate Diploma of Project Management, as well as other qualifications. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders and is also a certified carpenter and joiner.

At the 2020 AGM Geoff was bestowed the honour of Wests Life Membership.

The WBRC Inc appointees to WDRFCL are:

ANDREW CAREY

Andrew has been employed at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly since 2009, initially as a tutor in the College’s Indigenous Education program. Having joined the faculty in 2010, Andrew is currently responsible for Senior History, having previously managed humanities in Junior high. He has been heavily involved in the SPLC co-curricular program, coaching rugby, cricket and co-ordinating athletics and cross country. Andrew is the current Head Coach of the St Peter’s First XV.

Prior to entering teaching Andrew worked in hospitality, for the Australian Tax Office and Medicare, as a Business Development Manager in the labour hire industry and was the owner of his own hospitality business.

Andrew has played and coached at Wests since 2007. He is a member of the Colts sub-committee and is a current member of the Senior Rugby Committee.

BERNARD CARROLL

Bernard is head of mergers, acquisitions and new growth at Aurizon, Australia’s largest freight operator and a top 50 ASX company. Prior to Aurizon, he worked at QGC where he was part of a team responsible for the commercial delivery of the US$20.4 billion QCLNG project stretching from the Darling Downs to Gladstone. Bernard commenced his career as an investment banker at Macquarie with roles in Sydney, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. He currently serves as a director on the boards of some of Aurizon’s investment companies.

Bernard has been involved with Wests since 2015, as a junior parent of 3 Bulldogs and is coach manager of several junior teams.