Speakers Profile - The Hon Peter Beattie

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Mr Peter Beattie joined the Australian Rugby League Commission in July 2017 and was Chairman from February 2018 to October 2019.

Amongst a wide-ranging list of achievements over his 20 months as Chair, Mr Beattie played a pivotal role in positive and collaborative stakeholder engagement at all levels of the game and across industries.

Under his leadership, women's rugby league continued to increase at record participation growth and with greater opportunities for the elite level of the game, including the very first Holden Women's State of Origin match.

In his role as Deputy Chair of the Rugby League International Federation (now the International Rugby League), Mr Beattie was instrumental in pursuing greater opportunities for the growth and support of the International game, particularly across the Pacific nations of Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and PNG.

He also led one of the biggest integrity reforms of the game, overseeing the "no fault, stand down" rule, ultimately balancing the protection and wellbeing of players and the game overall.

Having relinquished the role as Chair on 30 October 2019 to Mr Peter Vlandys AM, Mr Beattie continues as a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission.

Peter served as the 36th Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade from 1998 to 2007 and Leader of the Australian Labor Party in that state from 1996 to 2007.

His team won four elections including sweeping victories in the 2001, 2004 and 2006 state elections confirming him as one of the most electorally successful politicians in Australia. Of particular significance for the rugby league community during his time as Premier was the leadership he provided for the construction of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and the CBus Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Before retiring in 2007, he mentored and was then succeeded by his Deputy Anna Bligh, who became the first female Premier of Queensland. From February 2008 until 2015, Mr Beattie and his wife Heather lived in the US during his tenure as Queensland's Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas based in Los Angeles 2008-10.

In 2010 he accepted a position as advisor and guest lecturer on global economic development strategies at Clemson University, South Carolina (ranked 25th US public university by US News & World Report). In 2011, the Gillard Government appointed Mr Beattie as Australia's first Resources Sector Supplier Envoy charged with promoting a Buy Australian at Home and Abroad program for supplying products to the Australian resources industry.

Returning to Australia in 2015, he was appointed Chairman of GOLDOC, the Organising Committee for the Commonwealth Games in May 2016, a role he will hold until after the Games in April 2018.

He is currently Chair of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund; Ambassador for Life Sciences Queensland; joint adjunct professor at the University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering; Nanotechnology; Institute for Molecular Bioscience; a former member of the University of Queensland's Industry Engagement Council. Mr Beattie is also an Honorary Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr Beattie has authored four books, the latest being "Where to from here, Australia" published in 2016. In 2001, Mr Beattie was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Queensland. In 2008 he won the Biotechnology Industry Organisation's inaugural International Award for Leadership Excellence and in 2012, he was named a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for "eminent service to the Parliament and community of Queensland, through initiatives in the area of education and training, economic development, particularly in biotechnology, information technology and aviation industries, and to the promotion of international trade.