GOVERNANCE


Surf Life Saving Australia is part of a federated structure made up of 493 entities, including 314 separately incorporated clubs.

Surf Life Saving Australia is the peak policy and decision making body for the Surf Life Saving movement. Under our constitution, our members are:

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.

COMPLIANCE


SLSA has a Board Governance Charter that sets out the codes of conduct, accountability, independence, ethical standards and compliance obligations of the organisation as well as the roles and responsibilities of the board, committees, directors and management. SLSA complies with all relevant statutory and legislative requirements and has formal risk management and compliance reporting process in place.

POLICIES


SLS 2020 STRATEGIC PLAN


Vision – Zero preventable deaths in Australian waters.
Mission – We save lives, create great Australians and build better communities.

OUR FOUR GOALS:

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EXTEND LIFESAVING COVERAGE TO MATCH COMMUNITY NEEDS

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DEVELOP OUR PEOPLE

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ENSURE A RELEVANT AND GROWING MOVEMENT

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ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE AND DONATE

SLSA BOARD


Graham Ford

Graham Ford AM

SLSA President Elected Director

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 Weir

SLSA CEO

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 Baker ESM

SLSA Deputy President, SLSSA President Appointed Director

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 Fife OAM

SLSQ President Appointed Director

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

SLSNSW President Appointed Director

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 Barnett SLSNT Board Member

Grant Barnett

SLSNT President Appointed Director

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 Smith-Gander

Craig Smith-Gander

SLSWA President Appointed Director

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 Godfrey

Stephen Godfrey

SLST President Appointed Director

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 James ASM

LSV President Appointed Director

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.

Lyn Barratt

Lyn Barratt

Independent Director

Lyn has worked extensively in Occupational Health & Safety and Risk Management for over 20 years in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW. Lyn currently is the Health Safety & Environment Manager for Parks Victoria. She previously was the National Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Manager for an international dredging company specialising in the marine environment. Lyn has been involved in Surf Life Saving since 1985 as co-founder of the Port Sorell SLSC in Tasmania where she filled several roles over 12 years.

Melanie Evans

Melanie Evans

Independent Director

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.

Christine Hopton

Christine Hopton OAM

Independent Director

Christine has an extensive media background having worked in the newspaper and television industries, public relations, marketing and communications for more than 30 years. Christine has been involved in Surf Life Saving for over 15 years, joining as a Nipper parent and holding positions on the Avalon Beach SLSC junior committee before gaining her Bronze Medallion in 2000. Christine is a former President of Avalon Beach SLSC.