Chris Sarra, Gary Weiss, Wayne Pearce or Tony McGrath are set to step aside from the ARL Commission next year for a woman who new chairman Peter Beattie hopes will eventually replace him in the role.
In his first press conference as ARLC chairman, Beattie admitted he was disappointed that Professor Megan Davis would be the only woman on what he hopes will be a new 10-person commission installed at an extraordinary general meeting on March 12.
Beattie, who groomed Anna Bligh as his deputy and successor after nine years as Queensland premier, was elected to replace John Grant but the make-up of the commission is in limbo after clubs deferred a vote on constitutional reform at Wednesday’s AGM.
He and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg will address the boards of the Melbourne Storm, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Gold Coast Titans in a bid to convince them to support changes which would result in two appointees of the clubs and one each from the NSWRL and QRL joining the commission.
Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys and lawyer Gary Selikowitz will join NSWRL chairman George Peponis and his QRL counterpart Bruce Hatcher as commissioners if the vote succeeds but Beattie has already flagged a further change.
“The next person who will be appointed from the independents will be a woman and I have already discussed that with the commissioners,” Beattie said.
“It’s a sensitive matter and I will manage that with respect but the next person on will be a woman.”
With the terms of Pearce, Weiss and Sara up for renewal next year, one of them is likely to be asked to make way for another female commissioner.
Besides Beattie and Davis, the only other independent commissioner is McGrath, whose term is until 2020.
Beattie said he did not have a candidate in mind but he and Greenberg would begin a search for a female commissioner with the ability to take over as the next ARLC chair.
“There is a process within the commission, we will go out and look at what potential commissioners are available,” Beattie said. “We want someone who has the skills to be a future chair.