John Grant
John Grant’s appointment as Chairman of the inaugural Australian Rugby League Commission is in perfect step with a life-long commitment to planning and innovation.


A civil engineer who also graduated to Rugby League’s highest honour with a place in the 1972 World Cup, John Grant is a founding director and current Managing Director of one of Australia’s largest publicly listed Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies, Data#3. 

Honoured in 2010 with Australia’s most prestigious Information and Technology Award, the Pearcey Medal, for his commitment to the ICT sector, John’s strategic skills have seen him instilled in recent times as Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association, a member of the previous Queensland Government’s Ministerial Advisory Group and Smart State Council, Chairman of the Federal Government’s IT Innovation Council and a member of Hewlett Packard’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board.

From Brisbane City Council to IBM and the transformation of a Brisbane based software business into a publicly listed company with turn-over in excess of $800m and approaching 1,000 employees, John Grant has enjoyed a pioneering career in the ICT sector.

He brings to the ARL Commission a unique blend of business acumen and Rugby League experience as well as a respected ability to combine planning and action.  Such abilities were the hallmarks of a playing career that saw the former centre for Souths in the Brisbane Rugby League represent both
Queensland and Australia (each on six occasions) and graduate with honours as a Civil Engineer.

His focus on process, planning and accountability will be key to the ARL Commission’s strategic direction as will his determination to search out opportunity and to make the most of every changing circumstance.