GOVERNANCE & OVERSIGHT


Surf Life Saving Australia Board

Overview

As one of the largest volunteer organisations in Australia, we depend on the contribution of our volunteer members for everything from patrolling beaches, to providing input for the strategic direction for the organisation. Board and Committee members freely give up their time for the benefit of Surf Life Saving.

Surf Life Saving Australia Board

The peak policy and decision body for Surf Life Saving in Australia (SLSA), made up of the President of SLSA, seven Appointed Directors from each state and the Northern Territory, four Independent Directors and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SLSA. The Board delegates the management of SLSA to the CEO who seeks support and advice from the Executive Management Group (EMG).

NAMEPOSITION
Graham Ford AMPresident (Chair)
John Baker ESMDeputy President SLSA SLSSA
Melissa KingChief Executive Officer
Ralph Devlin AM QCSLSQ Appointed Director (until July 2016)
Mark Fife OAMSLSQ Appointed Director (from August 2016)
David MurraySLSNSW
Grant BarnettSLSNT
Stephen GodfreySLST
Tom MollenkopfLSV
Craig Smith-GanderSLSWA
Lyn BarrattIndependent Director
Melanie EvansIndependent Director
Christine Hopton OAMIndependent Director
Martin WalshIndependent Director
SURF LIFE SAVING AUSTRALIA ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
THE KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SLSA ARE:
a.       Responsible for the global relationship with ILS. Co-ordination of activities in the Asia Pacific region. Tracking international activities undertaken by SLS movement.
b.       Responsible for relations with allied agencies (AUSTSWIM, RLSSA, Swimming Australia, Australian Coastal Alliance etc.) and other peak organisations (e.g. Australian Water Safety Council, National SeaChange Taskforce etc.).
c.       Responsible for the relationship, management and delivery of all representation to Federal government.
d.       Responsible for the facilitation, coordination and delivery of agreed national administrative programs in insurance.
e.       Responsible for the facilitation, coordination and delivery of agreed national administrative programs in Information Technology and Communications (ITC).
f.        Responsible for the facilitation, coordination and delivery of agreed national administrative framework in disciplinary and grievance.
g.       Responsible for coordinating the development of a safety framework and guidelines to ensure the protection and benefit of our members.
h.       Responsible for the facilitation, coordination and development of a national lifesaving, sport and education/leadership development framework and facilitation of national Committees.
i.         Responsible for the coordination of the development of member training and education through curriculum and resource development with and through the State Centres
j.         Responsible for all national sporting events and delivery of the national high performance programs with and through the states
k.       Responsible for co-ordinating relevant research to foster innovation and achieve our vision.
l.         Responsible for developing the national member development programs (such as leadership, recognition and history) and aligning with the states through the creation of national resources to support these programs.
m.     Responsible for SLSA brand protection, reputation and development.
n.       Responsible for the management and delivery of national marketing, sponsorship and business development programs
o.       Responsible for the management and delivery of national fund raising in accordance with agreed national and state business outcomes.
p.       Facilitate communication between states

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.

MELISSA KING

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Melissa was appointed as Chief Executive in July 2015. Prior to this Melissa was GM Communications and Business Development at SLSA and an integral part of the change management program. Prior to Surf her experience spanned Corporate Affairs, Partnerships, Business Development and Marketing for Sydney Opera House, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Governance Institute and Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

DAVID MURRAY

SLSNSW PRESIDENT APPOINTED DIRECTOR

David was elected as SLSNSW President in May 2016. He is a Life Member of Curl Curl SLSC and has held a number of roles with Surf Life Saving over the years. David has extensive business experience from having owned his own business for 35 years, coupled with consulting for Australian Private Boards and a Director of TNS Distribution.

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.

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.

JOHN BAKER ESM

SLSSA PRESIDENT APPOINTED DIRECTOR

John, a Company Director, has been President of Surf Life Saving SA since June 2011, and 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.

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

SLST PRESIDENT APPOINTED DIRECTOR

Stephen has worked extensively in the area of public administration and is currently 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.

TOM MOLLENKOPF

LSV PRESIDENT APPOINTED DIRECTOR

Tom is Chief Executive Officer of the Peter Cullen Trust and holds a series of Board roles, including with the International Water Association, Dandenong Market  and Wyong Water in addition to being President of Life Saving Victoria. He was the CEO of the Australian Water Association from 2007 until 2013. He is qualified B.Juris, LL.B, MBA, FAICD and FGIA. Tom is a Life Member of Point Leo SLSC.

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

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 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 a former President of Avalon Beach SLSC.

MARTIN WALSH

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Martin Walsh is a member of Lorne SLSC and Life Member of Life Saving Victoria. Professionally, Martin is a Non-Executive Director and Consultant. Previously a Partner of Deloitte and Ernst & Young, he is a current Director of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He is also the current Chairman of the national Surf Life Saving Foundation and a previous Director of LSV.

RALPH DEVLIN AM QC

OUTGOING DRECTOR - SLSA DEPUTY PRESIDENT, SLSQ PRESIDENT APPOINTED DIRECTOR

Ralph, Queens Counsel, was President of Surf Life Saving QLD from July 2011 to July 2016. Prior to this time, Ralph held the role of SLSQ Deputy President, and was appointed as a Director on the SLSA Board on 20 December 2010 and retired in August 2016. Ralph is a Life Member of SLSA.

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