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Board Director Parramatta National Rugby League Club
Parramatta NSW 2150

External Director Candidate Background Information Form



  • Parramatta National Rugby League Club Limited (“PNRL”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Parramatta Leagues Club Limited (“PLCL”).  PNRL is the owner of the Parramatta Eels licence to participate in the National Rugby League (“NRL”) competition.
  • In July 2016, the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority appointed Max Donnelly as the Administrator of PLCL. 
  • In October 2016, the Administrator released a description of the PNRL Proposed Future Governance Arrangements.  Following feedback received, a revised PNRL Proposed Future Governance Arrangements was released in November 2016.  This is available on the PNRL website and can be accessed at the following link,
  • As part of the governance reform of PNRL, the Administrator appointed a new PNRL board in February 2017. 
  • The new PNRL board  is comprised of 7 directors, 2 of which are to be nominated by PLCL and 5 external directors. 
  • One external director will shortly retire and the Nominations Committee of PNRL is seeking nominations for a replacement external director.
  • Nominations may be accepted or rejected by the Nominations Committee in its absolute discretion.
  •  Directors do not receive remuneration for their services as a director.  Directors will be entitled to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in performing their duties in accordance with the travel and expense reimbursement policy to be set out in the director’s handbook. 
  •  Applications must be submitted no later than 10:00am 17th May 2019.
  • Applications should be made by supplying a CV and Cover Letter via this portal.


2.Nomination Requirements

  • 2.1 All external directors must be independent and cannot be appointed as a director without satisfying the following independence requirements:
    • (a)An external Director can be a member of PLCL without compromising independence.
    • (b)Independence will be compromised if the nominee has dealings with PLCL or PNRL beyond certain thresholds.
    • (c) Any person who has been a director or company secretary of PLCL or PNRL or Parramatta District Rugby League Limited at any time before 19 July 2016 will not be considered independent.
    • (d)Any person who has been a permanent employee of PLCL or PNRL will not be considered independent in the 3 years after ceasing employment.
  • 2.2 Directors will be expected to adhere to a Charter & Code of Conduct for Board Members.
  • 2.3 Directors will generally be expected to attain membership of Australian Institute of Company Directors (“AICD”) by completing AICD courses and undertake continuing director training and development.  Any director who has served on the board of a publicly listed company in the preceding 5 years will satisfy this requirement.
  • 2.4 Directors will be expected to dedicate sufficient time to the PNRL business, including:
    • (a)Board related:
    • (i)An estimated 11 board meetings per annum (estimated to be 4-6 hours each);
    • (ii)Board committee work (estimated 4 committee meetings per annum);
    • (iii)Strategy workshops (estimated 2 days per annum); and
    • (iv)Other (estimated 2 days per annum)
    • (b)Attendance at rugby league matches:
    • (i)Desirable: attend majority of home games in PNRL Sydney (estimated 10-12 games per season);
    • (ii)Optional: attend away games;
    • (iii)By invitation: international, State of Origin and NRL finals series games.
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