College Ceremony Orator

Raelene Castle

Raelene Castle, ONZM, has a unique perspective as a pioneering female CEO who helped reform a major sports organisation perceived to have deep-seated problems with gender and players’ behavioural and cultural issues.

When appointed CEO of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Raelene was the first female CEO in the NRL. Prior to this historic appointment she had been the CEO of Netball New Zealand.

In late-breaking news, Raelene Castle has now been appointed CEO of Rugby Australia, earning her the distinction of being the first female CEO of an Australian football code.

Before launching her highly successful career as a sports executive, Raelene previously worked in marketing, sales, sponsorship and communications for a number of leading New Zealand companies including Telecom, BNZ, and Southern Cross Healthcare.

Raelene is a trustee of The Rising – a not for profit organisation helping to unlock to potential of South Auckland youth. She was recognised with a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award in 2011 and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015.