Justin HarrisonChief Executive Officer
Former RUPA President, Wallaby No. 770 Justin Harrison, was appointed Chief Executive Officer in August 2019. Harrison, who served as RUPA President from 2004-2005, joined RUPA from the Classic Wallabies, where he has served as the organisation’s General Manager. Harrison played 34 Tests for the Wallabies after debuting against the British & Irish Lions in Sydney (2001), as well as making 98 Super Rugby appearances for the Brumbies and NSW Waratahs, winning a Super Rugby title in 2001. He took his career abroad in 2005, representing Ulster (Nth Ireland) and Bath (England), and retired after a playing stint back in Canberra in 2010 which preceded his appointment as Brumbies Forwards Coach in 2011. Justin continued to gain international Rugby experience when he moved to France, serving as Head Coach of Racing Club Narbonne Méditerranée for nearly six years. From a commercial perspective, he was employed with AFEX, a global payment solutions company headquartered in London. Justin completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Administration at the University of Canberra in 2001. Justin's first rugby club was the Gold Rats in Lismore.
James HolbeckPDP Project Manager
James Holbeck, Wallaby No. 737, was appointed as RUPA's Player Development Program Project Manager in November 2019. Holbeck oversees the roles of RUPA’s five Player Development Managers (PDMs). Having previously worked as a PDM for RUPA, Holbeck is tasked with continuing to develop strong relationships between PDMs and the high-performance departments of their Clubs, as well as shaping the direction of the PDP’s key pillars; Career and Education, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Cultural Awareness, Financial Management, Integrity and Obligations, and Toolkit of life. He brings over 20 years of professional Rugby experience, on and off the field, to the position and has previously used his academic honours in psychology to promote wellbeing in numerous environments.
Robin DuffPlayer Development Manager (Brumbies)
Robin Duff is the Player Development Manager at the Brumbies, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to joining RUPA she worked in similar capacities for both the Australian Institute of Sport and the ACT Academy of Sport. Robin represented Australia in softball, was selected in the Australian hockey squad and is a member of the ACT Sport Hall of Fame. Robin has completed an honours degree in psychology, a Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling, a Graduate Certificate in Athlete Career and Education Management and has Certificate IVs in Training and Assessment, Telephone Counselling and Youth Work. She is a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor, a Mental Health First Aid instructor and a trainer/assessor of the Certificate IV in Youth Work.
Charlotte AnneveldPlayer Development Manager (NSW Waratahs)
Charlotte Anneveld is the Player Development Manager at the NSW Waratahs, a position she has held since April 2021. Prior to joining RUPA, Charlotte oversaw the Elite Athlete Program at Macquarie University. She has also served time working in commercial, community and events at Cricket ACT, Cricket NSW and the Canberra Raiders. Charlotte is a former professional cricketer who represented NSW, ACT, Sydney Thunder, Australia A and various other teams around the world. She is very proud of being a one club player of 23 years for Gordon, Sydney. Charlotte was recently named in Cricket NSW's Women's Premier Cricket Team of the Decade. She holds a Bachelor of Physical Education (Secondary) from the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE).
Alisha ReberPlayer Development Manager (Australian Rugby Sevens & Wallaroos)
Alisha Reber is the Player Development Manager at the Australian Rugby Sevens, a position she has held since May 2021. In March 2022 she also took into her remit the Wallaroos squad. Alisha has spent many years supporting both Rugby Union and Rugby League Player’s in their journey through semi-professional & professional levels including roles at Manly Marlins Rugby Union Club, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and Surf Life Saving NSW. Outside of sport, Alisha has worked as a counsellor at South Pacific Private Hospital. In her addition to her many years of experience, Alisha she also holds a Bachelor of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Certificate IV in Elite Athlete Wellbeing.
Moana LeiluaPlayer Development Manager (Melbourne Rebels)
Moana Leilua is the Player Development Manager at the Melbourne Rebels, a position she has held since January 2020. Moana hails from Hamilton, New Zealand, but has built her career in Auckland. She has people and sports management experience having completed four seasons with the Counties Manukau Steelers for the Mitre 10 Cup in a team manager capacity. Moana has also served in the tertiary education sector working primarily with Pacific students and their families in the Counties Manukau region. Moana has completed a Bachelor of Science with the University of Auckland, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Waikato in 2018. Moana has represented Sāmoa in WRWC 2006, also Auckland, Counties Manukau and NZ Sāmoa in Rugby.
Matthew SmithPlayer Development Manager (Reds)
Matthew Smith is the Player Development Manager at the Queensland Reds, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to joining RUPA, Matthew's previous role was as an Athlete Career and Education Consultant with the NSW Institute of Sport. He has completed a Bachelor of Education (PDHPE) at The Australian College of Physical Education and a Graduate Certificate in Career Counseling for Elite Athletes through Victoria University. Hailing from Tamworth, Matthew was part of the Australian Men’s Hockey team between 1994-2002, claiming two Commonwealth Games medals and an Olympic Bronze medal among his 166 matches for the national side.
Alex GrygielGeneral Manager, Player Services & Operations
Alex Grygiel was appointed General Manager, Player Services & Operations in August 2022. Alex is responsible for all player-facing RUPA services; including membership, image rights, insurance and agent accreditation. Prior to joining RUPA, Alex worked in finance & management roles across the construction and entertainment industries. Alex was a St Ives Rugby junior, representing Gordon and played for CAS NSW 2ndXV. He has completed a Bachelor of Business, Diploma in Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant through CPA Australia.