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SLSA Appoints New Independent Directors to the Board

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has announced the appointment of Christine Hopton, Lynette Barratt and Martin Walsh as the organisation’s new Independent Directors.

The three directors all bring to the board valuable combinations of surf life saving experience coupled with unique professional skill sets.

Christine Hopton has an extensive media background having worked in the newspaper and television industries, public relations, marketing and communications for more than 30 years. She has held senior production roles at all of Sydney’s commercial networks and was the first female to be appointed as an Executive Producer at Channel 9. She has also worked as a researcher/editor on two major books.

Christine has been involved in Surf Life Saving for over 15 years, joining as a nipper parent and holding positions on the Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) junior committee before gaining her Bronze Medallion in 2000. Christine is currently in her sixth term as President of Avalon Beach SLSC.

Lynette Barratt brings a wealth of professional experience in change management, risk management and work health and safety and environment experience with her to SLSA. Lynette has worked extensively across these areas holding positions such as Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator for the Port of Devonport, Occupational Health Safety &Environment Systems Manager for the Port of Melbourne and Alliance Health Safety & Environment Manager for Boskalis Australia.

Lynette was also the founder of Port Sorrell Surf Life Saving Club in Tasmania, the winner of the SLSA Volunteer of the Year Award in 1999, a former Director of Development for Surf Life Saving Tasmania and is currently a member of Devonport Surf Life Saving Club where she has been Club Secretary for the past 17 years.

Holding qualifications as a registered company auditor, Member of the Institute of Company Accountants and Member of the Institute of Company Directors, Martin has served as Treasurer for Surf Life Saving Victoria, Board Member of Life Saving Victoria, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for Life Saving Victoria and is currently the Chair of the Surf Life Saving Foundation.

Surf Life Saving Australia President Graham Ford believes the newly appointed independent directors will be great assets for SLSA.

“One of the recommendations of last year’s Deloitte Review was for both greater female representation and a greater diversification of skill sets among the SLSA Board of Directors”

“I believe that Christine, Lyn and Martin’s surf knowledge combined with their professional career experience will allow them to assist SLSA to continue to advance its vital humanitarian and social goals.”

“All three are great champions for the organisation. Their experience, skills and enthusiasm make them the perfect choice for Independent Directors and great additions to the SLSA Board.”