Brian Torpy, CEO of the Easts Leagues Tigers

Brian’s career involved working as an Accountant, working in local government, in banking, and becoming the CEO of Eastern Suburbs Tigers.
Brian details how he became the leader he is today and what each step in his career taught him. Full of rich stories, and a passion for Rugby League, Brian spoke about what he thinks makes a strong CEO, and was honest about the challenges that go with it.

This episode is Co-Hosted by BRISCA Managing Director Sumith Dissanayake,and Jack Ferguson.

1:55 What is the Easts Tigers club?

4:00 What makes the Melbourne Storm such a strong club?

5:10 Where did you grow up?

7:05 Did you try and make it as a professional NRL player?

8:55 Are you happy you went into the workforce before studying?

12:45 What motivated you to move into the Accounting field?

15:10 When did you know that you wanted to be a manager?

21:30 How do you manage expectations without impacting enthusiasm in your staff?

22:10 How have you adapted to speaking to your stakeholders?

24:00 How did you transition from your previous role to becoming CEO of Easts Tigers?

29:10 How do you approach getting your team buying in to your vision?

32:20 Are you able to turn off when you’re not at work?

40:15 How does sport differ from business?

42:15 How does a sports culture differ to a different organisation’s culture?


Where to find the Easts Suburbs Tigers:

Website (

Where to find Brian Torpy:

Linkedin (


Resources & Companies Mentioned:

Port of Brisbane (

Ryan Hoffman (

Melbourne Storm (

Craig Bellamy (

Frank Ponissi (


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Co-Hosted By Sumith Dissanayake (

Co-Hosted By Jack Ferguson (

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