BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David was appointed to the board at the 2019 AGM and appointed President at the 2021 AGM. He started his rugby at Bays then came through the Wallaroos, Colts, and then Easts 1st Grade in 1999-2001. David then played professionally for Ulster in Ireland. In 2017 he returned to Sydney and coached the Easts Colts in 2017 and 2018. Professionally David worked for JP Morgan in London between 2002 and 2017, becoming Managing Director and Head of Research in 2009. He is currently the Head of Long/Short Strategies at Plato Investment Management in Sydney. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University in Quantitative Finance.
VP OF RUGBY
Michael’s connection to Easts Rugby was not an option but a necessity. The son of former legendary Beastie and Wallaby, Murray Tate, Michael started as a ball-boy back in 1975 while his Dad coached Easts 1st Grade. Michael went on to play over 200 games for the Club through the 80’s and 90’s culminating in the role of Club Captain. After his playing days Michael coached Easts Reserve Grade to a Premiership in 1997 (known as “The Shutout”) and later returned to coach another Premiership win in Colts 2’s in 2019. In his business career, Michael founded the Storage King brand and still remains its CEO today.
HEAD OF GAMEDAY / EVENTS
Kate was appointed to the board at the 2021 AGM with her key responsibility being the game day experience. Kate is an experienced marketer with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and creative industry and is also skilled in sponsorship, event management, community engagement and media relations. Kate started her career in events management and production running large events for many of Australia’s biggest brands and believes strongly in the power of experience to build culture and connection. Kate has always been passionate about giving back to her local community and is currently the External Communications and Community Manager at Coates.
VP OF SPONSORSHIP
Angus Esslemont was appointed to the board in 2021 after playing rugby at Easts from 2002 to 2008. He was a member of the 1st Grade Grand Finalists Team in 2007 and won a Colts 2nd XV premiership in 2002. Scott Bowen, Angus’ favourite rugby coach and his rugby mentor was a big influence on his rugby career, and a driver of his enduring passion for the Club.
Angus is currently the Head of Equites at Ord Minnett in Sydney after 5 years at Goldman Sachs. After being away from the club for several years, Angus has loved being back involved with Easts. He really enjoys the growing community engagement of the broader Club, and of course chasing some long overdue Rugby success. Angus is the VP of Sponsorship on the board and works closely our CEO Dom and other members of the Easts community. Feel free to reach out to him directly to discuss any partnerships opportunities. Some people have likened him to Ted Lasso.
Nathan was appointed to the board at the 2018 AGM. Nathan played at Easts from 2001-2012 being Club Captain in 2009. Nathan played in 5 lower grade Grand finals during that time, winning 4 in 2002, 2009, 2010 & 2011. Nathan also has 3 children who have come through the juniors program at Bays Rugby. Away from Easts, Nathan has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and is currently CEO of ASI Solutions, a national I.T. Systems Integrator.
Giles’ connection with Easts Rugby goes back to 1976, when he played Colts. Two of his three sons played for Easts. One played Colts and the other played Grade. Giles has been a member of the club for some years. Giles’ professional background is in the area of restructuring and insolvency. He is a chartered accountant and senior partner of Woodgate & Co.
Vince first became involved at Easts in the early 80’s. Although his playing career saw him involved in the Sydney sub-district competition he has always been a passionate Easts devotee. As a Chartered Accountant in public practice with over 25 years experience, he was the obvious choice from the board to take on the role as Treasurer.
Patrick is a keen Easts supporter having played in the 1990’s for a decade, and being Club Captain in 1994. He now has three sons playing at the Club. After time in banking Patrick returned to the family pub business and remains a publican. Elected to the Board in December 2020, he is responsible for the House, liaising between the board and the food and beverage operations.
Dom is the former General Manager of the Sydney Sixers, CEO Gfinity Esports Australia, and brings a wealth of experience to the club. He has held senior executive positions in the sports and entertainment industries for over 20 years and was a founding member of the Male Champions of Change Sport. Importantly, he has a deep connection and passion for the Beasties, starting with Bays U6 and playing over 100 games with the senior club.
Simon, is a highly experienced and talented coach, developing his skills as a Head Coach and Director of Rugby with-in the Crusaders / Canterbury and New Zealand Rugby systems. He was Head Coach at Christchurch Football Club, the oldest Club in New Zealand, for five successful years before taking on several roles in the Crusaders High Performance Academy and Canterbury Representative program, arguably the premier provisional system in world rugby.
His track record of success is very impressive He was Assistant Coach of the Seattle Seawolves winning the MLR title in 2018. He has also won National Titles with the NZ Māori U18 side, Canterbury (NZ) U19s and in the NZ National Farrah Parmer Cup (NPC). Simon has achieved several coaching qualifications, including World Rugby Level 3 Coaching accreditation, World Rugby Coach Educator and International Rugby Academy – Professional Advanced Coaching accreditation. Simon also represented Canterbury as a player from 1992 – 2002.
HEAD COACH - COLTS
Dan has a long and proud history at Easts for a young coach. He is a former 1st Grade player who, through early retirement from injury, has focused on coaching and rugby program execution. He has been 2nd Grade Colts coach for the last 2 seasons, Assistant Coach for the NSW and AON Uni 7s since 2019 and Core Rugby Coach at Scots College for the last 5 years.
Will has been a part of the Easts community since joining our Junior teams in 2003. Playing for Bays, McCauley and Wallaroos. Will rejoined the club in 2016, spending two years in the Colts program. HE spent between 2018-2021 rising from the 5th Grade through to 2nd Grade, and earning his 1st Grade debut in 2021.
Will’s role as Club Captain is to support the board, staff and players experience success both on and off the field. The unique perspective of playing in all grades across the club will reaffirm Easts’ desire to develop and build clubmen and successful players.