Tim North QC – VRU President
Tim is the President of the Victorian Rugby Union Inc., appointed in March 2010. Prior to this date he was a director of the VRU from 2006. Tim has held various positions representing Victorian rugby including Director and Secretary of Australian Juniors Rugby Union Ltd from 2007 to 2010 and within the Victorian Schools Community.
He is a member of Queen’s Counsel. He has practiced as a barrister specializing in commercial litigation for 30 years. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators and Affiliate of the Securities Institute of Australia.
Tim was appointed as President of the VRU and Weary Dunlop Rugby Foundation to represent the interests of the Victorian Rugby Community on the Board.
Neil Hay – VRU Director
Neil Hay has been playing or involved in the administration of rugby for over 40 years.
He played in the UK for Thanet Wanderers and Barnes RFC. He was Director of Rugby and Head Coach at Barnes RFC.
For 4 years he was U20’s Coach and Head of Playing Operations at Melbourne RFC.
He is the former Head Coach of the Melbourne Chargers and took them to their second Bingham Cup in Sydney in 2014.
2015 will be his 7th season coaching Monash University 7’s side for the Australian University Games.
He has been on the Board of the VRU for the last 2 years.
Neil is a Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is Managing Director of Hay Capital Pty Ltd consultancy and a Director at Serafini and Hay, property developers.
Owain Stone – VRU Director
Owain is a financial and corporate governance expert, gained through a professional career of over 25 years as a Chartered Accountant. His specialties include: Forensic accounting – expert witness work, loss and damage analysis, e-discovery, fraud investigations and fraud risk management.
Owain has held a number of volunteer roles in community rugby including:
An active Victorian Rugby Referee over many seasons; President of the Victorian Rugby Referees Association (VRRA).
Former treasurer of the Melbourne Unicorns Rugby Club.
Peter Leahy – VRU Director
Peter is the former CEO of the Victorian Rugby Union and was also the CEO of the Melbourne Rebels in the 2015 season where he helped facilitate the privatisation of the club. Peter served on the board of the VRU from 2012 until taking on the CEO role in late 2013.
He has been actively involved in Community Rugby in Victoria in both schools and clubs for over a decade. Professionally he has an extensive background in Corporate Banking having led state and national corporate teams for 3 financial institutions both here and in the UK.
In one such role he was instrumental in arranging the sponsorship of the VRU Centre of Excellence Program during 2009 and 2010 that helped develop local Rugby talent and produced 5 Victorian Australian Schoolboy representatives. He has a Bachelor or Commerce from UNSW, and Executive MBA from the AGSM and is Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Luke Miller – VRU Director
Luke has been playing, or involved in the administration of rugby for over 23 years. Luke played for the Melton Rugby Union Club in the Country Division from the early to late 1990’s. Luke studied Applied Science (Human Movement/ Sports Management) at the University of Ballarat and went on to undertake an administrative role with the Melton Rugby Union club as the Treasurer.
Due to the rigours of work, it wasn’t until 2013 that Luke became reinvolved in the sport, being elected as the President of the Ballarat Rugby Union Club. It was in this position where he oversaw the transformation of the club from the bottom of the ladder to premiers in only three years. Luke also oversaw the development of a Rugby Union partnership with the Ballarat City Council resulting in a permanent home for the club and the development of critical infrastructure.
In 2016, Luke formed the Victorian Country Barbarians Team, with the assistance of various regional Victorian clubs, to promote growth, leadership, teamwork and performance in Regional Victoria. Luke also initiated a Ballarat Rugby Club Junior program, the first of its kind in Ballarat’s 41-year history.
Luke is a current serving member of Victoria Police where he has undertaken a variety of roles in complex and protracted criminal investigations.
Fran Harper – VRU Director
Fran has been involved in Rugby for over 40 years. She has managed teams in 7’s and 15’s including International tournaments located in Dubai and Samoa with great success. Fran has been an integral part of Power House RUFC over the years including holding the positions of Junior President and in previous years, President.
Fran is a Global Head of Sales and Marketing for Paramount 21, a global food manufacturing company supplying major QSR’s and is also Managing Director of Mills Fox and Associates.