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SJRU Board of Directors
George Roper – SJRU Chairman
George Roper is the current Chair of the SJRU since the end of 2021 and has been actively involved in various roles in junior rugby for the last 8 years. Most recently he served as club President of Wahroonga Rugby Club from 2017 to 2021 which made him the longest concurrent serving club president in the club’s 60 years of existence.
Apart from his involvement in Junior rugby, his rugby experience includes more than 10 years as a senior rugby referee and he is still active as referee for Junior and school rugby in Sydney.
George’s career background as a Chartered Accountant provides strong focus on strategy and governance.
Fiona Lawson – Director Competitions
Elected to the SJRU board in 2019- Various club roles including
2018-2019 Sylvania Bulldog’s Vice President- 2017- Current Sylvania Bulldogs Jnrs Coordinator -2011-2012 Vice President Engadine Lions Juniors rugby Union club 2010-2011 Treasurer Engadine Lions. Current girls coordinator Sylvania bulldogs junior rugby club. Over the 14 years there is not many jobs I haven’t done. But finally in 2021 ventured into the world of coaching !
Currently employed as a Accounts assistant, busy mum of 2. In the rugby off season I like to read, long distance running and exercising.
Sheila Mitchell – Director Competitions
Secretary 2015,2016 – Rockdale JRUFC, Treasurer 2017 – Rockdale JRUFC, Apparel Manager 2017 – Rockdale JRUFC, Registrar 2020, 2021, 2022, Girls Coordinator 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 – Rockdale JRUFC, Senior VP 2018, 2019- Southern Districts Juniors, Friday Competition Board Director – 2021 current
A Surgical Bookings administrator at RPAH. A mother to 2. Son started playing rugby when he was 3 1/2 years old and playing in SJRU XV’s competition. Daughter started playing at 7 years old and currently playing in U17/18 Girls 7s competition. Sheila’s husband Chris, is the current President of Rockdale JRUFC and has held every position for the past 10 years including coach (minis, juniors and reps), VP, and anything else you can think of.
Likes: travelling, keeping fit and spending time with friends and family
June Manu – Director Girl’s Rugby
- Treasurer 2022 – Western Raptors JRUC, Vice President 2019 – 2021, President – 2015 – 2018, Registrar – 2009 – 2014, Also Life Member of Western Raptors JRUC, Board Girls Director 2019 – current
A primary School Administrator Officer. Mother to 3. Daughter has played in the Juniors since she was 5 yo and currently playing in the U16 Girls 7s. Eldest son has played in SJRU competition since he was also 4 years old for Club rugby, Australian School Boys U16, CCC U16 and Colts n Grade for Sydney Uni, Shute Shield Penrith and now at Two Blues Grade.
Loves Hikes/Walking, Reading, Music, Volleyball and catching up with family and friends.
Michele Biet – Director Special Projects
- About Michele – Wahroonga Tigers executive committee 2011-2021. SJRU board 2019-current
Barker College Parent Association – Vice President 2019-current.
An early childhood educator, Mother to 4, Grandmother to 2. Likes: Pilates, Yoga, Cooking, Reading and her family.
Marcus Stock – Director Development
Paul Rathborne – Director Reps
Michael Clark – Director Northern Zone
About Michael – Michael Clark is the current Northern Zone Director, and has been involved with junior rugby since 2006 with the Seaforth-Balgowlah Raiders and within the Manly District.
Michael has experience across most on and off field roles at club level, and outside of rugby has a diverse background across private and public sector roles, community and NFP Boards and Committees and is co-founder of a bespoke consulting business.
Michael’s wife is another rugby volunteer, and he is a father of 4 sons, three who play in Sydney Junior Rugby competitions
Bernard Tuaimau – Director Western Zone
Western Zone Director elected in 2021 who also hold committee roles with both Penrith RSL and PDJRU.
Outside of rugby Bernard has a diverse background across private and public sector roles, and community and NFP Boards with a particular focus on Pacific Diaspora communitie. He has worked with various sporting codes. Bernard is a director and principal of an insurance & Risk business.
Bernard’s wife is another rugby volunteer, and he is a father of 4 daughters , 2 sons who play in Sydney Junior Rugby competition, and Shute Shield.
Junior Ta’ale – Director Southern Zone
Kyle Austin – Director Marketing
Kyle has played an active role for the past 7 years with the Dural Rugby Club from Age Coordinator to Vice President .
Father of two, with both his daughter previously playing in the Girls 7’s and son currently playing in U/11. Kyle brings his operational and commercial experience form 24 years working in Australia’s largest retailers.
He is a former player from the Christian Brothers Old Boys (CBOB)
Sean Goonan – Director Finance
About Sean – Sean Goonan is the current Finance Director and has been involved with junior rugby since 2014, firstly with Northern Barbarians and now with The Hills Rugby Club in the Two Blues District.
Sean has experience across various roles within both clubs and districts. He has been on the SJRU board since 2020 and is due to rotate out of the finance role at the end of 2022.
Sean is dad to three sons and a daughter who have all played rugby in the various Sydney Junior Rugby competitions.
Lisa Rothwell – Director Minis
- About Lisa – Lisa Rothwell is the current Minis Director, and has been involved with junior rugby since 2014 with Lindfield Junior Rugby and within the Gordon District.
Lisa has experience across most executive roles at club level, and also minis at a district level. She has been on the board as Minis Director for three years.
Lisa is mother to a son and daughter both of whom play in Sydney Junior Rugby competitions
Louise Reid – Secretary
Louise has been a member of the Northern Barbarians Committee holding the position of Registrar for the past 7 years. She is also a current member of the Eastwood District Committee as the Northern Barbarians representative
She is a Mum of 2 kids who love their rugby and is the HR Manager at Fetch TV
Competition Management Team
Ben Gregory – General Manager
A long time servant of junior rugby, Ben officially joined SJRU as General Manager in October 2021. Having served as a Junior Club President, Secretary and countless other roles at Hunters Hill Juniors – he is currently in his 15th season on committee at his local junior club.
Ben previously joined the Board of SJRU in 2009 and spent a number of years in the SJRU Grading, Development and Representative Portfolios till 2015. He joined NSWJRU in 2014 as VP of Reps, until 2017 when he became President of NSW Juniors. He was also a Director of NSWRU & Waratahs from 2018-2021. He stepped down from the NSWRU & Waratahs Board and as President of NSW Juniors to accept the role of GM at SJRU. He is currently the VP of Reps for NSWJRU as well.
Ben was awarded Life Member #4 of SJRU in 2020. He is also Life Member #32 of Hunters Hill Rugby.
John Glen – Competition Manager
Andrew Hutton – Asst Comp Manager
Bippy Power – Asst Comp Manager