Easts Rugby has been an integral part of the local community since 1900. Whilst in recent years we
have enjoyed some renewed success both on and off the field, we are committed to ensuring that our
growth continues. However, we are not just a Rugby Club. We provide an ideal environment for young
people to transition to adulthood with a strong moral compass and sense of belonging. We also
work harder than any other Club to grow Rugby Union outside our post code (eg. in 2019 Easts
played a trial in Boorowa and play a Shute Shield game in Orange against Gordon).
Running a district rugby club isn’t usually an economical exercise with hundreds of thousands of
dollars required each year. These funds are traditionally sourced from sponsors, game day receipts,
player registrations, government grants and most importantly, supporter donations, without which,
the club simply could not survive.
We set up The Easts Foundation a few years ago to channel tax deductible funding to help support
the club, and in turn, support the community. The good news is, the federal government has
increased its support in local sport by relaxing the guidelines on what is now deemed eligible as
deductible donations in supporting the running costs of the Club and developing pathways for all
players, men, women and juniors both on and off the field.
We’d like to again thank those Easts Rugby supporters who have donated to the Foundation in recent
years. Over the last two years over $200,000 has been spent by the Foundation in supporting the
rugby program with equipment, specialised coaching, team travel, touring and player welfare
helping players make better education and career choices, all across the men’s, women’s and junior
In 2019 we will need to generate more funding through the Foundation in support of Easts, as we
strive to become the best community focussed district rugby club in Australia. Some of the items
scheduled to be covered by the Foundation this season are:
GPS technologies for the Men/Women
Jerseys for Easts Juniors representative teams
Career/Mentor programs (Men/Women)
& much, much more
Whether it be supporting your brother or sister, son or daughter, a mate or you simply enjoy the
camaraderie of a great day down at Woollahra Oval, we would like to encourage you to consider
supporting The Easts Foundation to allow us to continue our support of the local Rugby and beyond.
We look forward to seeing you in 2019 – Go Beasties!
Meet The Board
Chairman: Craig Smith
Craig, father to five, of which four have played at Easts (one of whom still plays at Easts)! In recent times Craig has spent two years running the Scots College Rugby Support Group Program. More broadly Craig has spent 28 years in the travel industry and more recently is building and Chairing a Peer Advisory Group of SME Business Leaders.
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Director: Mat Collett
Mathew has a unique blend of experience spanning 30 years across banking, management, business development,
corporate advisory, FMCG, sales & marketing. He has held senior positions such as Director at JBWere, Managing Director of
Tullett Prebon Futures and is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Solar D Sunscreen, a new patented Vitamin D Promoting SPF
Technology. In his many diverse roles, he has helped build, raise capital and create strategy for a number of successful
businesses and has a proven track record in business development, building brands, management, leadership and driving
brand awareness. Mathew has recently been appointed President of The Scots Old Boys Union and is also President of the
Scots Rugby Committee and has always been very active in donating his time to Easts Junior Rugby.
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Director: Lyndsey Douglas
Lyndsey is a director of a national agricultural body, and the head of innovation and publicity for Ray White's Australia/New
Zealand rural division. She has played rugby since high school, through university and in country and city clubs. She was the
Vice President of her previous club, a division one suburban rugby club with five men's grades and women's team. Outside
rugby season, she's the voice at agricultural shows along the east coast.
Director: Karin Christie
Karin has played rugby since 2006, and although she is now semi-retired from playing she is heavily involved in managing the
Easts Women’s rugby team. Karin was a board member for The Rugby Club from 2011 to 2016, while it operated as a licenced
club on Rugby Place (formerly Crane Place). The Rugby Club ceased trading in 2017, and at that time transitioned to The Rugby
Club Foundation. Karin is a Tax Manager for Charter Hall, where she has worked since 2008.
Director: Emily Brial
Emily has grown up in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and has been involved with Easts Rugby Club most of her adult life. Her
husband played 100 first grade games for the Club, and her three sons each started playing rugby at Easts from 7 years old,
one of whom still plays for Bays. Emily is currently on The Scots College Rugby Support Committee and The Scot College
Boarders Association. She is a Trustee of a private charitable Foundation, and for 20 years has been a Director of a large
concrete and quarrying products business, and a Director of a road construction equipment hire business.
Emily has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Mass Communications.
Director: Hamish McCathie
Hamish has been in the Financial Markets for 30 years and is currently CEO of Sequoia Wealth Management.
Sequoia Wealth Management is fully owned by the ASX listed company Sequoia Financial Group (SEQ.ASX).
He has been involved at Easts Rugby Club since 1975 when he first played for The Bays, Hamish then played over 150 club games for Easts in the late 80’s and 90’s, being awarded the Matt Street award in 1991 and played in all senior grade teams. Hamish came back to Easts as President of the Wallaroos, coach of the 1st Colts and was Clubman of the
Year in 2010. He was on the Easts Board from 2011 to 2016 as a Director and later in his tenure as Director of Rugby.
Director: David Leckie
David played Rugby at Newington College from 1962 – 1968. He was Club Captain at Macquarie University in 1972 when they
won all the grades in 2nd Division. David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Seven Media Group in December 2006
and had been Chief Executive Officer of Broadcast Television for Seven Network Limited since April 2003 and remains a
consultant for the Seven Network. Previously David spent 24 years with the Nine Network, with 11 years as the Chief Executive
Director: Stuart Hudson
Stuart Hudson is currently a Partner and Senior Financial Adviser with CCZ Statton Equities. Prior to that Stuart was an adviser at Switzer Financial Group and before that Director of Treasury at Societe Generale Australia Limited for 17 years.
Stuart is a qualified financial adviser with a Master of Commerce (Financial Planning) from Western Sydney University. Stuart
also holds a Diploma of Financial Services and is an accredited Self- Managed Superannuation Fund specialist from Kaplan.
Director: John Murray
John is the current President of Easts Rugby Club, having been appointed to the board at the 2011 AGM. John’s children have
played down at Easts over the last ten years hence John has been active with the Bays Junior Club. Being a non-ex Easts player John brings a refreshing approach and ideas to the board. John was elected President at the 2014 AGM after serving as Vice President of House since 2011.
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Company Secretary: Sean Rahilly
Sean has background in corporate governance with over 20 years’ experience in investment banking. The last 15 years he has
worked with the French bank Societe Generale, where he was the Head of Compliance for the Investment bank in the Asia
Pacific region. He is a Chartered Accountant, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Foundation Limited ACN 139 378 966
The Foundation was formed in 2010, to build a financial base on which the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby Union Football Club, could protect itself in the future from the many challenges which a combination of an amateur ethic and a professional playing structure could impose on it.
The Foundation is structured with a separate governing Board and a Trust Deed, which directs the Board to apply funds in accordance with the Deed’s terms
The Fund is also required to provide six monthly reports to the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) which monitors the Fund to ensure its expenditure complies with qualifying expenditure as agreed with the provisions of the ASF.