Chief Executive Officer
Prataal Raj joined RUPA as Chief Executive Officer in November 2018, the fourth CEO in the Association's history.
Prataal has significant sports administration experience having worked at International Management Group, the International Cricket Council, and more recently as Secretary General of the Formula One Promoters Association and the General Manager – Strategy and Contracts at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.
He possesses a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney, and was the Chief Operating Officer for GiVV Technologies immediately prior to joining RUPA.
General Manager, Player Services & Operations
Toby Duncan commenced employment at RUPA in 2012, and has been General Manager, Player Services & Operations, since March 2015.
Toby completed both a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce at Sydney University, graduating in 2006, and worked in stockbroking prior to joining RUPA.
Whilst there are numerous components to Toby's day to day roles and responsibilties, the key components of his position are; Compliance with Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Agent Accreditation, Player Insurance, Superaunnuation & Taxation, and RUPA Internal Operations. He is currently studying a Masters in Business Law through the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
General Manager, Player Development
Rosemary Towner joined RUPA in July 2007, following nearly two decades' service with the Australian Olympic Committee (1990-2001) and the NSW Institute of Sport (2001-2007).
She is the representative of Professional Sports on the Elite Athlete Friendly University network, on the Australian Athletes Alliance (AAA) Concussion working group and a Member of the RA Player Health, Safety and Integrity Committee.
Rosemary's qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Management (Sport) from the University of Technology, Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Performance from Victoria University, Mental Health First Aid qualification and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Communications & Commercial Manager
Pete Fairbairn relocated to Sydney and began his role as RUPA's Communications Manager in 2015.
Prior to joining RUPA, Pete was the Melbourne Rebels' Media Manager, while he has also headed up Communications for a corporate bookmaker and worked as a sports commentator on both ABC Grandstand & 1116 SEN. He is also one of only 28 Guinness World Records adjudicators in the world.
Pete has a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications) from the University of Canterbury (NZ), graduating in 2008.
Player Relations Manager
Patrick Phibbs joined RUPA as Player Relations Manager in 2015 after returning to Australia following the completion of his playing career.
Scrumhalf Phibbs played 69 Super Rugby games for the Brumbies and represented Australia in Rugby Sevens before moving to the UK where he played for Exeter, Leicester & London Irish. His recent professional experience makes Pat a great point of contact for RUPA's membership, while he is a pivotal part of the regular team visits RUPA conduct.
Away from Rugby, Pat has completed both a Diploma of Business and a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education), and he is currently completing his Certificate III & IV in Fitness.
Player Development Manager (Brumbies)
Robin Duff is the Player Development Manager at the Brumbies, a position she has held since 2014.
Prior to joining RUPA worked for both the ACT Academy of Sport and the Australian Insititute of Sport, and Robin is also a consultant with both the Australian Cricketers' Association & Livewired.
Robin has completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Psychology) and a Graduate Certificate in Athlete Career & Education Management, while in recent years she has also completed Certificate IV in both Telephone Counselling Skills and Training & Assessment, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling.
Player Development Manager (Rebels)
Kim Gray is the Player Development Manager at the Melbourne Rebels, a position she has held since 2017.
Prior to joining RUPA, Kim worked for the Waratahs, Cricket Victoria, Glasgow Warriors and Esportif International, and she established Gray & Scanlan, Athlete Relocation and Welfare Services in 2013.
Kim has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Sports Management) at Victoria University as well as her Mental Health First Aid accreditation.
Player Development Manager (Rugby Sevens)
Gina Rees began her role as the Australian Men's and Women's Rugby Sevens Player Development Manager in May, 2016.
Gina completed her BA Hons in Coach Education and Sports Development from the University of Bath in 2006 and the Bristol native also played hockey in the UK National League for St. Austell HC and Bath Buccaneers before moving down under. In 2015, Gina completed her Cert IV Trainer & Assessor and Career Development.
Prior to joining RUPA, Gina was Hockey NSW's Game Development & High Performance Manager for four years. After initially juggling this role in a part-time capacity alongside her previous role as a Personal Excellence Adviser at the NSW Institute of Sport, the demands of the position and the positive impact she's had on each squad saw her move into a full-time capacity in early 2017.
Her most admired Rugby player is Jonny Wilkinson (we'll work on that!) her favourite Wallaby is Matt Giteau, and she loves both watching and competing in most sports.
Player Development Manager (Reds)
Matthew Smith is the Player Development Manager at the Queensland Reds, a position he has held since 2012.
Prior to joining RUPA, Matthew's previous role was as an Athlete Career and Education Consultant with the NSW Institute of Sport. He has completed a Bachelor of Education (PDHPE) at The Australian College of Physical Education and a Graduate Certificate in Career Counseling for Elite Athletes through Victoria University.
Hailing from Tamworth, Matthew was part of the Australian Men’s Hockey team between 1994-2002, claiming two Commonwealth Games medals and an Olympic Bronze medal among his 166 matches for the national side.