Bond Rugby Board

Bond University Rugby Board


Dr Manny Pohl

Dr Manny Pohl is the Chairman and CIO of investment house EC Pohl & Co which he founded in June 2012. EC Pohl & Co is an investment manager that specialises in identifying and investing in quality listed Australian companies.

Dr Pohl has more than thirty years of experience in the investment industry, including over a decade as Managing Director of Hyperion Asset Management which he established in 1998. Emigrating from South Africa in 1994 he was a member of the South African delegation to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Bangkok. 

Dr Pohl holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) Degree and Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Witwatersrand, as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration (Economics) from Potchefstroom University. He has also been heavily involved in the community sector, particularly with health, environment and arts philanthropic organisations. He was a member of the Mater Research Foundation and the Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation, and was formerly a member of the prestigious, invitation only, Art Gallery of New South Wales President’s Council.

Along with being the President of the Bond University Rugby Board, Dr Pohl is also a member of the Bond University Council.

Bond University Rugby Board members

Mr Gordon spent 50 years in journalism including 17 years in Canberra where he created and launched the Sunday edition of The Canberra Times. He returned to Queensland Press in 1986, as Chief of Staff then 11 years as editor at the Sunday Mail.

On the Gold Coast he helped lift the profile and circulation of both The Gold Coast Bulletin and The Sun as served as Editor in Chief of the Bulletin for 13 years.

Mr Gordon is one of the founding Directors of the Gold Coast Football Club (Suns) and is a Director on the Cedar Creek Wines and two charitable trusts, he was also the Chairman of the city’s bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Bryan Hain is the Director of Sport and Activities at The Southport School (TSS) on the Gold Coast where he has been for the past 19 years.  Mr Hain’s previous positions include Physical Education Teacher at the South Island School in Hong Kong and Director of Coaching with the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. 

Mr Hain holds a MSc Master’s Degree, Sports Management from the University of Leicester and Bachelor of Education (BEd) Hons, Physical Education from St Paul’s College, Cheltenham. 

Terry Jackman is an iconic name in the cinema world having founded Pacific Cinemas after many years as CEO of Hoyts Theatre’s and Birch, Carroll & Coyle. He has proven business acumen and is an influencer in sport, tourism and media.

Terry has also helped many charities in his time and was honoured to receive a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003.

Terry is  Benefactor to our Bond University Rugby’s John Eales Scholarship and has said that,  “The overarching aim of the scholarship is to prepare the boys for success on and off the rugby field.  I have always been passionate about rugby, education and leadership so I’m proud to support a scholarship that offers unparalleled opportunities in sport, and an internationally recognised degree enhanced by Bond’s global networks, industry connections and work experience opportunities."

Mr Matt Windle is Partner of MBA Lawyers on the Gold Coast where he specialises in commercial and business transactions, sport law, retirement living and estate planning and administration.

Mr Windle holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business, Law and Accounting from Griffith University. Mr Windle is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, a member of the Rugby Union Players Association and a qualified Rugby Union Players Association Accredited Agent. Mr Windle also became a Queensland Law Society Business Law Accredited Specialist in 2014, being one of only of 23 recognised specialists in this area in Queensland.

Mr Windle was Captain of the 2004 Gold Coast Breakers Premiership winning team and played for the Gold Coast Breakers. Mr Windle’s rugby achievements include having played for the Queensland Reds, Western Force as well as playing professionally for Japan. Mr Windle has also played for numerous Australian representative sides.

Mr Darren Gaffney has been appointed to the Bond University Rugby Board to support the club in its plans to strengthen its grassroots and community connections. 

Darren is a Gold Coast Rugby success story, having risen through the ranks of Gold Coast Breakers in 1997 to playing with Easts Rugby Union from 1998 – 2005 and being an integral member of their 1999 Premier side. 

In 2015 Gaffney Co-Founded Rugby Unite, an organisation raising awareness for mental health and providing mental health first aid courses to the Rugby community.

Gaffney is also an active Board Member of the Gold Coast District Rugby Union (GCDRU).  The purpose of this Board is to unite our rugby community with leadership, representation, passion for our game and stimulate a more welcoming approach by our sport within our city. The GCDRU Board vision is about today and tomorrow.  It is achievable and realistic.  This vision is the core ingredient to growth.

The GCDRU Board encourages rugby people to work together for the common cause to make it happen.

Dr Manny Pohl welcomed the fresh perspective and ‘new blood’ Gaffney would bring to the Board.  “It is really important to have an outsiders viewpoint in the decision-making process and future direction of the Club,” Dr Pohl said.  “Darrens’ perspective is all encompassing and will provide us with not only a player view but also a Rugby Gold Coast perspective.  He has a passion for Rugby at a grassroots level, he is highly-engaged with the GCDRU and despite his professional commitments of Director at Gold Coast Foot Centres, he makes time to come and watch the games.  Darren is a very well-respected business man, which in essence, embodies everything we are looking for in a Board member. 

Melanie Renée Wright, OAM, nee Schlanger, is an Australian freestyle swimmer.  Melanie first represented Australia at the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships with a career spanning ten years. She represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics winning five Olympic medals (including 2 gold).