Chief Executive Officer
Raelene Castle was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Rugby Australia in January 2018. She is accountable for leading and driving the successful operational delivery of the current Australian Rugby Vision and Strategic Plan.
Prior to joining Rugby Australia Raelene was CEO of Canterbury Bulldogs League Club Ltd and Netball New Zealand. Her earlier career was in senior marketing and communications roles in technology, healthcare and telecommunications companies.
Raelene is the former Chair of NRL Club CEOs Leadership Group, a former Director of ANZ Championship, former Director of International Federations of Netball Associations and a former Trustee of The Rising Foundation which helps South Auckland Youth.
Raelene holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing & Production Operations Management from Auckland University. She is the recipient of a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award and in 2015 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2018 Raelene won the Person of Sporting Influence category Women’s Health Women in Sport Awards.
Raelene played representative tennis, netball and bowls for Auckland and has encouraged women in sport by example. She is a firm believer that women need to back their ability and put their hands up for senior roles and encourage this when speaking to women in sport groups. As CEO of Rugby Australia Raelene is the first woman to lead a major Australian football code strengthening her ability to influence the inclusion and promotion of women in rugby union and more widely.