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TFA Board of Management

Read about Touch Football Australia's Board of Management



Chair – Anita Hagarty

Anita has been involved as a player, referee, coach and executive member of Touch Football for over 30 years. Anita has spent more than a decade as the technical director for North Queensland Touch and served on the Board of Queensland Touch from 2009-2012. In 2012 she was elected to the TFA Board. She is currently the Director of two companies in the Human Resource and Recruitment space and is also Company Director of companies in the food services sector. Anita has worked tirelessly for charity the Cure Starts Now, a foundation that raises funds for research into childhood brain cancers. North Queensland born and raised, Anita has a tremendous passion for the sport of Touch Football and her Townsville community. Having spent her working career across corporates, multi-nationals and her own business, she brings a unique set of well-rounded business skills to the TFA Board. Anita felt privileged to be elected as first female Chair of TFA.



Director – Michael Rush

Michael has been involved in the sport of Touch Football in several roles, including President of the then ACT Touch Association for four years, and a Board member for eight. Michael is a Canberra resident and a Programme Manager in the public service. He was elected to the TFA Board in 2006. He was Chair of the organisation for more than seven years and is now in a Director role.



Director - Barry McNamara

Barry has an extensive history of involvement in Touch Football as both a player and a referee over the past 22 years. Barry is a Level 6 referee who has officiated at many Touch World Cups over the years. In total he has represented Australia as a referee on over 65 occasions. Barry still actively referees at local, regional, state and national levels and brings a wealth of practical experience to his role on the Board. Barry holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is Managing Director of his own management consultancy.



Director – Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill, CEO of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, was appointed as a Director on the TFA Board in November 2019. Hill has been a long-time advocate of the sport of Touch Football, and was one of the people who championed the formation of a strategic alliance between the National Rugby League (NRL) and TFA, an alliance that was formally established in 2013 for the mutual benefit of both sports. Prior to becoming Bulldogs CEO, he was CEO of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 and General Manager of League Integration and Development at the NRL. He has also held General Manager roles at the Parramatta Eels NRL club and the GWS Giants AFL club. Hill has held numerous Board positions, including for the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation, the Rugby League World Cup and NSW Royal Life Saving Society.



Director – Neil Collins

Neil has a great passion for Touch Football and has been involved in the sport as an official, coach and player for more than three decades. Neil is a Life Member of Touch Football Western Australia (TFWA) and Southern Districts Touch Association. He served as Chair of TFWA State Council for a number of years and was a council member for more than a decade. Neil has been the Director of Coaching for TFWA and as a coach he has been an outstanding developer of many junior and senior players who have gone on to represent at state, and some at national, level. He was awarded a Coaching Foundation of WA award in recognition of his coaching service. Neil has a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Master of Educational Leadership. He is currently an Independent School Principal and, through his experience as a Board Member of two independent schools, he has developed strong skills in strategic analysis, planning and financial management.



Director – Cassandra Lawry

Cassandra is the Senior Manager – Government Relations for the National Rugby League (NRL) and works with all levels of government to support game-wide initiatives, including grassroots participation, and community and Indigenous programs. Cassandra’s role at the NRL includes working with Members of Parliament and Ministers on partnerships, grants and other funding opportunities; administration of several Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League groups, and assisting NRL clubs with government relations and strategy development. Cassandra previously worked for the NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon Graham Annesley MP (2011-2013), and while at university took part in the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship program (UCWIP), interning for Congressman Mike Castle (R-De). Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and History from the University of Wollongong, and served as a Board Member of the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association Board for two years (2013-2015).