The Aquis Titans are the newest club in the NRL, joining the league in 2007. We relish competing at the highest level on the national stage. We are consistently achieving substantial fan, membership and corporate growth, by providing inspiration and goodwill through community and commercial engagement.
The club is led by an independent board, chaired by the first female club Chairman in the NRL, Rebecca Frizelle. Our board are leaders in the business community with deep experience in the automotive, tourism, property, law, health, education and entertainment industries. The administration of our Club is led by the CEO, Graham Annesley, who was previously the chief operating officer of the NRL and the minister for sport in the New South Wales state government.
The Aquis Gold Coast Titans’ board, staff and players devote a large proportion of their time and effort into building a strong foundation for community engagement. Our vision is of a club that is entrenched within the community and goes beyond rugby league elite game development and marketing. The Aquis Gold Coast Titans are committed to working with like-minded organisations in delivering broader outcomes to the community in education, employment, health and well-being.
As a Club, we work hard to develop our players on and off the field. We are proud to support the long-term career development of our players and we have the highest number of contracted players undertaking university degrees of any club in the NRL.
Former NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation and cabinet member, Chief Operating Officer of the National Rugby League and National Customer Service Manager for McWilliams Wine and DHL Worldwide Express. He gave up his position with the NSW Government to take up the position of CEO of the Titans in October 2013.
Graham was also a first grade and international rugby league referee, officiating in more than 250 first grade games, plus State of Origin and International Test matches.
As the Aquis Gold Coast Titans Chair, Rebecca Frizelle brings to the role 25 years of business and workforce development, strategic skills, international negotiating experience and a unique depth of involvement in the Gold Coast community.
She has played a major role in the Frizelle group growing from 16 staff to its current workforce of 540 in six locations and two states, Although she attributes great credit to the incredible team and strong management culture she has worked with, led by her father-in-law and company founder James and her husband Brett.
Paul Donovan has managed Gold Coast Airport since 2005 after holding several executive appointments with airlines in Australia and New Zealand for many years.
He has had involvement in rugby league through his previous airline positions since the 1980s. He has overseen several key projects for Gold Coast Airport, delivering a runway extension, a $100 million terminal redevelopment, a long-term car park and the 2011 airport master plan. Paul is Chair of Gold Coast Tourism, Director of Tourism and Events QLD & Executive General Manager Business Development & Marketing at Gold Coast Airport.
Kelly, was a driving force for a Wagga Wagga based company that sold quarry materials to builders and developers before it acquired quarries and ready mix concrete operations housing investments in Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga and Canberra.
The company’s private investments now centre in property, mainly in South East Queensland and Wagga, after it established a finance company and a real estate investment group which are now merged into the one entity.
Darryl has also long been involved in rugby league as chairman or treasurer of Wagga Rugby League for a decade, and is widely credited with saving rugby league in Wagga Wagga when it hit major difficulties. He was awarded the NRL Volunteer of the Year award for his effort.
Professor Pankhurst is the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor at Griffith University. His role has responsibility for the University’s research agenda, including the Higher Degree Research profile and research commercialisation, as well as the sustainability strategy for the University. He also oversees operation and development of the Gold Coast campus, the University’s biggest campus, which in recent years has seen the opening of the state of the art Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health, a new Library, the Gummurrii Centre which houses our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support Unit, and a new Business building which provides world-leading facilities for business education, research and industry collaboration.
His research interests lie in the reproductive physiology and endocrinology of fishes and the effects of climate change on fish reproduction. He has published widely in this field and routinely reviews for international journals.
Professor Pankhurst has a PhD and Doctor of Science in Zoology from the University of Bristol, and worked as a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta. Amongst other institutions he also worked with New Zealand Fisheries Research Centre in Wellington New Zealand, and the Leigh Marine Laboratory of the University of Auckland New Zealand, pursuing his interests in fish reproductive biology
Tony was a founding Partner in one of the largest legal firms on the Gold Coast, Rapp Hickey Morgan Power before he established his own business – Hickey Lawyers in 1993.
Hickey Lawyers has grown from a small start, with a staff of 12 people, to become one of the larger, if not the largest legal firm on the Gold Coast with a staff of over 60.
Tony has gained extensive experience and particular expertise in Property Development, Tourism and Construction Law and Commercial Litigation. In particular, Tony has been responsible for attracting significant foreign investors from Asia and Europe. Quite often, he has been given by his clients the responsibility of identifying opportunities and managing those opportunities and assets for the foreign investors.
Tony’s extensive experience assisting investors in property development has seen him develop a keen interest in urban design and architecture. This interest has inspired the creation of his own development known as St. Thomas Place on Chevron Island, Gold Coast. This innovative project embraces such modern concepts as the modern above ground garage, vertical green wall designed by French Botanist Patrick Blanc and other significant environmental and cultural features. It was approved by the Gold Coast City Council in 2012.
Tony has always maintained a keen involvement in community and charity work.
Trish Hogan has been in the health industry for 40 years and she is currently the CEO of an acute 348 bed private hospital on the Gold Coast.
After completing year 12 at All Hallows School, Brisbane, Trish studied nursing. She went on to develop and implement the first operating room nursing course in Queensland at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1983. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Educational Studies from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of New South Wales.
Trish has held CEO and senior management positions in public health in South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, and Queensland. Her experience in the health industry spans both Hospital and Community Health administration, education and clinical practice. She currently participates on the advisory committees of both Bond and Griffith University Medical Schools on the Gold Coast, and has been involved since the inception of both programs. She is currently a Director of Knee Research Australia, and a Fellow in Residence at Bond University. Trish is also a member on the Benowa State High School Council.
In 2005 Trish was honoured by being named the inaugural "Tweed Woman of the Year" for her leadership and role modelling in the NSW Health industry, and in September this year she was a finalist in the Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year awards.
Pindara Private Hospital where Trish is currently CEO, was awarded the Gold Coast Business Excellence Award for Health in 2013.
In her spare time Trish is a Director and Owner of Hogan Group International (HGI) and “On The Edge Group”, a company that has been operating international medical, education, dental and lawyers adventure conferences around the world for the past 8 years.
Lynne is the CEO of the Australian Paralympic Committee after spending seven years as managing director of Repucom, Australia and New Zealand, an international market leader in research and data collection in the sports and entertainment industries.
She is from one of rugby league’s most famous families, as the daughter of former Canterbury Bulldogs CEO and ARL director Peter Moore, and wife of former NRL and Australian coach Chris Anderson.
However she has established her own impressive reputation and has been involved in the marketing side of the sport since taking on the Bulldogs’ marketing manager’s role in 1993. In 1998 she established S-Comm, a sponsorship and sports business consultancy which specialised in sponsorship research and evaluation. The business was sold to Repucom in 2007.