Surf Life Saving Australia is part of a federated structure made up of 493 entities, including 314 separately incorporated clubs.
Each year, prior to the commencement of the season, individual members sign an application for joint membership of SLSA, their State Centre and their club. For more information or a copy of our governance charter please contact us.
Graham was elected as President of SLSA in 2010. He brings a wealth of surf lifesaving knowledge, coupled with a strong business background. Graham is a Life Member and Patron of Bronte SLSC and President of the International Life Saving Federation and he has held many senior roles at club, branch and national levels. In 2016, Graham was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to Surf Life Saving. Graham is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Adam is a life-long member of Cronulla SLSC. He has been a successful competitor at all levels of surf sport competition, is a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal, and has held a variety of roles at both SLS State and National levels. He is also a member of the International Life Saving (ILS) Rescue Commission and chairs the ILS Rescue Operations Committee. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was appointed to the role of CEO in June 2018.
John, a Company Director, is the Deputy President of Surf Life Saving Australia, and has been President of Surf Life Saving SA since June 2011. He was appointed as a Director on the SLSA Board in January 2012. John has been a member of Brighton SLSC in SA since 1977. He is a former State Director of Lifesaving and is a current crewman with the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.
Mark is a Life Member of Surf Life Saving Australia, a member of SLSA’s Hall of Fame and has been named as the Australian Surf Lifesaver of the Year in 1997 and the Australian Volunteer of the Year in 2007. Mark is also a Life Member of the Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club, the South Coast Surf Life Saving Branch, and Surf Life Saving Queensland. In 2013, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. Mark was appointed as a director of SLSA in August 2016.
George Shales was elected President of SLSNSW in May 2019. He brings with him 38 years of experience across a wide range of roles on the beach. George gained his Bronze Medallion in 1981 at North Bondi SLSC and has held a number of leadership and committee positions within his club and branch. George continues to be an active surf lifesaver in his capacity as a Duty Officer and Rescue Coordinator as part of the Surf Life Saving Sydney Support Operations Team.
Grant has been active in the Surf Life Saving community for the past 14 years. He has held various positions including President of the North Queensland Branch After relocating to the Northern Territory for work Grant was appointed to the Surf Life Saving NT Board in 2013 and has since been elected the President of SLSNT.
Craig has been in surf lifesaving all his life having had experience as a boat rower and sweep at North Cottesloe, where he is a former Captain and President and is a life member. As President of SLSWA since 2014, he has held state and national roles in surf sports. Craig has extensive business and commercial experience, is a company director and business owner.
Stephen has worked extensively in the area of public administration and was formerly the Manager, Strategic Relations at PSMA Australia Ltd. He has been President of Surf Life Saving Tasmania since September 2011, and was appointed as a Director on the SLSA Board in October 2011. Stephen has been involved with Surf Life Saving since 1967 and is a Life Member of Carlton Park SLSC and SLST.
Paul has been a member of Ambulance Victoria as a paramedic for the past 22 years. He is Group Manager looking over the operational aspects of ambulance branches across Central Gippsland. Paul has been involved with both Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving for over 40 years in both a professional and volunteer capacity. He is a qualified member of the Hampton Life Saving Club and held the position of Club President from 1988-1990 and again from 2013-2016.
Melanie Evans is currently Head of Retail Banking for ING Direct Australia. Previously she was at the Westpac Group where she had worked for over 14 years. Having grown up in the surf club, Melanie has kept abreast of our organisation over many years and brings with her expertise and experience of Board and Committee corporate governance, financial management, risk management, strategic planning and compliance.
Toni has extensive leadership experience in business strategy and human resources roles. She has worked across healthcare, technology, hospitality, government, and fast-moving consumer goods in over 30 countries. She is currently the Vice President, Business Strategy, International for Stryker’s Trauma & Extremities division. Toni has been involved in Surf Life Saving for over 20 years within the Burleigh Heads, Mowbray Park SLSC. She obtained her Bronze Medallion in 1997, Silver Medallion in 2001, represented her club as Summer Surf Girl in 2003 and is an active patrolling member.
Darrin has been part of the Surf Life Saving movement since he joined as a nipper more than 42 years ago. Having spent most of his life in North Queensland, the respected Townsville-based accountant has been a member of Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC for over 20 years and is now their President. Prior to that, he held positions as Treasurer and Club Captain with both Mackay and Townsville Picnic Bay SLSCs. Darrin is a Life Member of both Surf Life Saving Queensland and the North Barrier Surf Life Saving Branches. He has also previously served as a Board Member for Surf Life Saving Queensland.
Suzanne is the EGM, Enterprise Finance and Operations at IAG. She has B.Ec, M.Tax, M.Acc, Fellow CPA, GAICD. Suzanne is also a Life Member of Surf Life Saving Australia. Suzanne is Chair of Surf Sports Australia and a member of SLSA’s Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee (FACC). She obtained her Bronze Medallion in 1992, Silver in 1995 and Gold in 1997. She was the Australian Surf Life Saver of the Year in 1996. She’s a member of North Bondi SLSC, Clovelly SLSC and Cronulla SLSC and held positions of Chief Instructor, Club Captain and Age Manager and Nipper President.