Board of Directors

Justin Leydesdorff - Chairman

Justin Leydesdorff has worked in the Sport and Recreation sector for over 18 years in senior management roles covering local government, private business and Charitable Trusts.

He has been involved in governance roles for the past 9 years. Justin believes in Rugby League as a vehicle for social empowerment and betterment.

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Ian Olan - Deputy Chair- Appointed

Ian Olan is Chief Operating Officer for Auckland UniServices. Most recently Ian was General Manager, Group Shared Services for Fletcher Building, after being Group Transformation Manager. Prior to this he was a Divisional CFO with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare for the global Obstructive Sleep Apnoea division for five years. Ian brings over 20 years’ experience in various business improvement, transformation, and finance roles, after starting his career with PwC in Mexico.

Ian has an MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting and Auditing from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. He is a chartered accountant and a fellow member of CPA.

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George Ngatai - Independent Director

Maori culture and public health adviser

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Emile Va’afusuaga - Independent Director

Emile Va’afusuaga is a transition tertiary teacher with the Te Ara Poutama Centre, Rosehill Special School. Prior to this, he was a RTLB manager for the MOE service and a past board member for the National RTLB service. He has a Master of Education (Hons) from the University of Auckland and is currently an advisory board member (Pasifika) with Counties Manukau East Police. He is an original CMRL board member from inception. Emile is passionate about education, community engagement and growing the game. A former representative player for league, tag & touch (NZ and overseas), he played for Papatoetoe, Mangere East and Otahuhu.

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