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 16 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, Qld U17 girls 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 Womens Rugby,  7’s Rugby and Junior girls at Wests.

 

GRAHAM BROWN

Graham originally commenced his career in manufacturing engineering with Downer EDI. In the mid 1980’s he accepted a cadetship with Australian National Industries and progressed in various roles in their steel wholesaling business. He then moved into business management working for Mt Isa Mining Ltd and Southern Cross Corporation. In the early 1990’s he moved to Sydney and worked for a privately owned international trading company. There he gained experience in trading various products including textiles, apparel, consumables and steel. In 1999 he started his own company Castle International which specialises in international trade from over 30 countries organising contracts, logistics, finance and insurance.

Graham has been involved at Wests since 2005 originally as a coach of his son’s team and started on the Junior committee in 2009. He was Treasurer of the juniors in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he joined the Board of WDRFC , was Treasurer from 2016 to 2018 and President since 2015.

 

JOHN CLIFFORD

John is Managing Director of Morgans Financial Ltd, one of Australia’s leading Stockbroking firms.  John has over 25 years 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 Deputy 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.

 

ROB CLIFTON

Rob is the National Manager of Retail Leasing at Consolidated Properties Group, a Brisbane based property development company. Rob has been one of the leading project leasing specialists nationally for the past 20 years. During this time Rob has had portfolio leasing responsibility with a number of major institutional landlords including Stockland, Colonial, and most recently Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).

Rob has been involved with Wests for the past 10 years and has been a junior coach for the past 9 years. Rob has also been a junior age co-ordinator and most recently has served on the Junior Committee.

 

LYN CROWLEY

Lyn is a retired Solicitor with over fifty years experience as a Principal in legal firms in Brisbane City and Kenmore. His association with Wests dates from 1959 and includes time as Secretary, President and First Grade Captain. He is a Life Member. Lyn also served over ten years on the Board of the QRU as well as time on the Council and Executive of the Australian Rugby Union. He is a Life member of the QRU.

 

SCOTT HARRISON 

Scott has worked in the Catholic Education sector since 2006 and is currently employed as Manager, Governance and Policy with Brisbane Catholic Education. Scott leads the design and delivery of specific enterprise-wide governance operating frameworks and initiatives guided by legislative requirements and strategic priorities.

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 with the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA).

Scott is also a Life Member of the Club. 

 

TONY HAWKINS

Tony was, for nearly 20 years until recently, 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 of 700 people. 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 also a Director of Lexon Insurance.

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

 

CULLUM HUGHES

Cullum is the director and owner of CGH Constructions.  A Brisbane based, family owned construction business with over 40 highly skilled carpenters, apprentices and office staff that prides itself in building architectural homes crafted to the highest standards.

Cullum has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry both internationally and within Australia. Prior to CGH Constructions, Cullum worked for Baulderstone Hornibrook and Sillich Constructions in Aspen, Colorado as well as 8 years in Niseko, Japan.  Cullum is a qualified carpenter and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) with honours from QUT.

Cullum played for Wests between 1993-2000 and served as Club Captain as well as Captain for Premier grade. Cullum also represented Queensland and played for Australia in the World series Sevens competition.

 

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.