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The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have announced the appointment of John Lee to the club’s board. 

Cowboys Chairman Mr Laurence Lancini confirmed that the club had undertaken a search for a new director to complement the skills of its current board.

“We were looking for a director who had major corporate experience and a detailed understanding of how the NRL and Sydney operates,” Mr Lancini said.

“John Lee fits the criteria very well.

“He brings to the board a strong understanding of the game, especially in high performance and good governance as well as having negotiated and worked with the NRL in varying capacities.

“We intend on using John’s skills to enhance our club culture and take the Cowboys from being a good NRL club to a great one.”

Mr Lee, who lives in Sydney, said he was honoured to be joining the Cowboys.

“These are exciting times for the North Queensland Cowboys,” he said.

“The club has an energised new coach, an excellent playing roster, and a dedicated fan base.

“My early observation is that this relatively young club has the foundations to do great things.”


John Lee is a member of the Australian Sports Commission, Advertising Standards Board and is CEO of Casinos & Resorts Australasia.

John has served on the Board of Events NSW, Parramatta Stadium Trust and was Director General of the NSW Department of Transport and Commerce.

He has enjoyed a long association with rugby league.

He was head trainer under Jack Gibson in the 1980s whilst completing his degree in Health and Physical Education.

John has a passion for rugby league having coached premiership winning junior representative teams with Parramatta in the early 1990s.

He has also enjoyed a successful corporate career as a senior executive and CEO of a number companies and government departments.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.