Board & Management

Board of Directors

Greg Monaghan – President

Darren Adam

Joy Cusack

Richard Foda – PNRL Delegate

Mark Jenkins – PNRL Delegate

Phil Sim

Sue Coleman

Greg Monaghan is the President of the Board. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree, Graduate Diploma of Marketing and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the highest level, reflecting his extensive experience as a Director, including;

  • Professional sports (9 years CricketNSW), and amateur sports via Parramatta Cricket and Kings Langley Cricket Club. He is a Life Member of NSW, Parramatta and Kings Langley.
  • Not for Profit (Arthritis NSW (Chair) Cystic Fibrosis NSW and Cystic Fibrosis Australia),
  • Listed (ASX 300 company Customers Limited (Chair), in the
  • Finance industry including Bankcard Australia (Chair) Visa Australia and Mastercard NCG, Securepay and numerous other smaller companies.

He was first a member of Parra Leagues in the late 1970s and is now a Perpetual Member. He has been supporter of the Parramatta Eels for 50 years. His all-time favourite footy memory is Brett Kenny’s dummy in the 1981 Grand Final.

Greg chairs the Parra Leagues Board, and the Property and Development Committee and is an ex officio member of all Board Committees. He is proud of successfully steering the Club through the difficult COVID environment and driving the development of a new vision for the future.

He was born and bred in the Parramatta area, played league and cricket at Cumberland High School, and Premier 1st Grade cricket for Parramatta District Cricket Club and has been President of that club for 15 years.

Greg is passionate about leading Parramatta Leagues Club and supporting the Parramatta Eels to a consistently successful future.

Darren Adam is a chartered accountant who is currently Finance Director at the NRMA and has a Bachelor of Commerce and a LLM (Taxation Law). Prior to joining NRMA he was at Foxtel for 5 years as in senior leadership roles in the Finance and Product & Strategy divisions. He was appointed to the Board on 5 March 2020 and is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Property & Development Committee.

Darren began his career with local chartered accounting firm McLean Charge Partners, before moving to Coopers & Lybrand in 1994. He subsequently held senior taxation and strategy roles at Telstra before joining Optus, where he worked in several executive roles, leading finance and operational teams in some of its largest trading divisions. In these roles, he has been responsible for financial performance, procurement, investment evaluation, pricing as well as governance and risk management, and has led several large transformation initiatives.

Darren has lived in the Hills area for over 30 years and has been a Member of Parramatta Leagues Club for over 28 years. He is a lifelong Parramatta Eels supporter, along with his wife and 2 teenage children.

Joy Cusack is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and member of Women on Boards. Joy holds a masters degree in Corporate Affairs (University of Sydney). She is an experienced chair and non-executive director with more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit area, in particular social enterprise businesses. Her lengthy corporate career included Dow Corning (now Dow) as a global team member across a range of business segments. Joy brings a wealth of experience including governance and strategy, crisis and change management, corporate communications, brand awareness, mergers and acquisitions, recruiting and mentoring directors together with performance management of CEOs. Her recent community emphasis has been on social impact measurement.

Joy is chair of the Governance and the Strategic Planning committees and a member of both the Audit and Risk committees.

She is a perpetual member of the Parramatta Leagues Club and member of the Eels. Her family have been fans of the Eels for more than 45 years. They have a history of connections within the Parramatta area including business and community involvement, as well as residing in the area 45+ years.

Richard Foda is a Director of both Parramatta Leagues Club and Parramatta National Rugby League Club and is Chair of the Board Risk and Compliance Committee.

He is the Australasian Chief Risk Officer for Swiss Reinsurance and its Deputy Chief Risk Officer for the Asia region: responsible for the governance, risk and prudential compliance of Swiss Re’s strategy and operations.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held senior executive roles for financial services companies in Australia, Asia and America for over 25 years.

Having grown up in Carlingford, he has been a Parramatta Eels supporter since the Grand Final replay of 1977. He has been a season ticket holder and Eels member for over 20 years and a Leagues Club Member for over 30 years.

Mark Jenkins APM is a former Assistant Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force having retired in August 2019. Most of Mark’s service was as a criminal investigator, however his final 10 years were as a member of the NSWPF Senior Executive Service where he led significant corporate and operational Commands within the Force. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy (Charles Sturt University) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark has also completed several Executive Development Programs, both in Australia and overseas. Mark was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Australian Day Honours 2008.

Mark was appointed to the Board on the 5th of March 2020 and is member of the Property and Development Committee and the Governance Committee. Mark is also a member of the Parramatta National Rugby League Board of Directors.

Mark has been a member of the Leagues Club since 2014 and is a lifetime supporter of the Eels and he and his wife have been Eels season ticket holders for the past 10 years.

Phil Sim has 20 years of experience as a Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His professional expertise encompasses business strategy and management, technology, data, media, marketing and communications.

Phil has been a member of the Parramatta Leagues Club for more than a decade, and as a current board member is chair of the Community Committee and he is also a member of the Audit, Risk and Strategic Planning committees.

He has been heavily involved with the Parramatta Eels Rugby League community. Prior to his appointment to the board, he was a coach/trainer within the Parramatta Junior League and was the founder of the 1Eyed Eel supporter site where he championed the Club’s recent constitutional reforms. Phil resigned from these activities to remove the potential for conflict of interest, but remains an ardent supporter of both the Eels and district junior Rugby League.

Phil is currently the CEO of Influencing, a multi-national media and technology company he founded and has managed for the past 20 years. He was previously an award-winning journalist, editor and publisher, twice being a Young Australian of the Year finalist for Career Achievement.

Sue Coleman has lived in the Parramatta district since childhood and has been a lifelong Eels supporter. She holds a Bachelor of Social Studies (USYD), Master of Management (UTS) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue has extensive senior management, governance and leadership experience gained over nearly thirty years in local government including 12 years as an executive at City of Parramatta and earlier with the not-for-profit sector. She has also held a number of previous Board positions including as a Director of the Parramatta National Rugby League Club in 2019/20.

Sue was appointed to the PLC Board in August 2020 and is currently a member of the Strategic Planning, Property Development, Risk and Community committees.

Leadership Team

Chris Dimou – Acting Chief Executive Officer

Nikky Van Der Meer – Chief Financial Officer

Karen Olic – Food & Beverage Manager

Shane Richards – IT Manager

Sarah Young – Marketing Manager

Nely Moat – Workforce Engagement Manager

Kiralee Goodsell – Executive Assistant

Pictured: Chris Dimou – Acting Chief Executive Officer 

Pictured left to right: Nikky Van Der Meer, Karen Olic, Sarah Young, Kiralee Goodsell, Shane Richards, Nely Moat.

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