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The Board of Life Saving Victoria recognises the importance of good governance in achieving our mission and vision, discharging its responsibilities to our members and wider stakeholders and executing our role as a respected corporate citizen.

We have a Governance Charter that sets out the codes of conduct, accountability, ethical standards and compliance obligations of our organisation and related entities. The charter outlines the roles and respective responsibilities of the Board, committees, directors and executive management.

Our governance structure consists of a Board of Directors, supported in its functions by five Councils and a number of Advisory Committees.

The five Councils are:

  • Life Saving Operations Council
  • Aquatic Sports Council
  • Membership and Leadership Development Council
  • Council of Life Saving Clubs
  • Aquatic Education Industry Engagement Council

The standing advisory committees are:

  • Finance Risk and Audit Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Grievance and Judiciary Committee
  • Honours and Awards Committee
  • Facility Development Committee

Our Board is comprised of the President elected by Council Representatives, seven Ordinary Directors appointed by the respective Councils, and three Independent Directors appointed by the Board. The Company Secretary also attends Board meetings but is not a Director.

Board Members

Our Board is comprised of the President elected by Council Representatives, seven Ordinary Directors appointed by the respective Councils, and three Independent Directors appointed by the Board. The Company Secretary also attends Board meetings but is not a Director.

Mr Paul James ASM

LSV President and Board Chair

Occupation: Ambulance Victoria Group Manager

Paul has been a member of Ambulance Victoria as a paramedic for the past 22 years. He currently holds the position of Group Manager looking over the operational aspects of the ambulance branches across Central Gippsland. Paul has been involved with both Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving for over 40years in both a professional and volunteer capacity. He was employed by RLSSA – Victoria Branch as its first Programs Manager from 1987-1989 before working for Laerdal, the world-wide manufacturer and distributers of resuscitation training manikins – amongst other training aids. 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.

Ms Georgie Wettenhall

Director Council of Lifesaving Clubs

Occupation: Director – Design Flow Consulting

Georgie is an environmental consultant and has been a director of a small business for more than 10 years. Her work includes sustainable urban water management planning, design and education.
Georgie joined the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club as a nipper and has been an active patrolling member for more than 25 years. She has also held memberships with Gunnamatta, Torquay and Point Lonsdale SLSCs. She has competed in a range of life saving events and held many club leadership positions including President, Club Captain, Chief Instructor and Patrol Captain

Mr Darren McLeod

Director Lifesaving Services

Occupation: Business Manager

Darren is the Managing Director of a SME in the electronics industry which he has been part of for more than 30 years, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services. Darren has been actively involved in lifesaving since the early 80’s when he joined Point Leo SLSC. He is the current President of Seaford LSC where he actively patrols. In addition to being a Life Member of LSV, Darren is a Life Member of Hampton LSC. Darren holds a number of committee positions with LSV including the Chair of LSV’s Honours and Awards Committee.

Mr David Rylance

Director Training and Assessment

Occupation: Firefighter

David is a Leading Firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and has been a fire fighter for the past ten years. David has coordinated and facilitated specialist courses for the MFB and is the Chief Controller and Chief Instructor for the MFB’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Program. Prior to this he worked for Brivis Climate Systems as a Research and Development Technician for over 11 years. David currently is a member of the SLSA Learning and Development Advisory Committee. He is a Life Member of Elwood LSC and a member of Williamstown S&LSC.

Vincent Sheehan


Independent Director, Chair of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Occupation: Chartered Accountant

Vincent is a Partner with Ernst & Young in Assurance, where he specialises in providing financial accounting advice to a broad range of public and private sector clients. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Vincent is an active patrolling member and Nipper parent at both Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and Sandridge Life Saving Club, completing over 100 patrol and water safety hours for season 2017/18 and competes with Lorne. He is a former Treasurer of Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and has been a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee since July 2013.

Peter Williams

M.Sc, BEng(Mech), Dip Mech Eng.

Director Council of Lifesaving Clubs

Occupation: Business Consultant

Peter is a former executive manager with VicRoads and now provides consulting assistance in the international development sector. His background is in environmental engineering having worked in the electricity industry and then as a consulting environmental engineer before moving into international project management. Peter was a Director of Anglesea SLSC from 1995 to 2000 and President from 2000 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2014. He is a Life Member of Anglesea SLSC and continues to patrol there. From 2001 until 2014 Peter was a Trustee of the Anglesea SLSC Foundation.

Ms Rachael Rylance

Director Aquatic Sports

Occupation: Manager

Rachael is the Accounts & Transformation Manager at AIA Australia Ltd, she has held various Finance roles over the last 15-years. Her expertise is in developing and improving processes with experience in enterprise projects. Rachael has been a member of Elwood LSC since 2006, an active volunteer lifesaver since 2010 and continues to patrol. Rachael is the current Secretary of Elwood Life Saving Club. She has also held several state positions including team manager for the IRB State team and the Pool Panel Coordinator.

Ms Angela Malan


Director Membership & Leadership Development

Occupation: Education Support

Angela has been actively involved at Inverloch Surf Living Saving Club since 2005 and is a current patrolling member. She was Junior Coordinator from 2006-2011 and Club President from 2011-2016. Angela has also held positions at a state level on the Membership and Leadership Development Executive for the past 8 years. Angela represents LSV and its 34,000 plus members on the Ministerial Advisory Council to the Minister for Volunteers. Outside of Lifesaving Angela works in Education support.

Shane Dunne


Independent Director

Occupation: CEO

Shane is the CEO of Aligned Leisure and General Manager with the Richmond Football Club where he leads the clubs education and community leisure business pursuits. He has worked in senior roles in the sport and leisure industry for 17 years. Shane also undertook planning and management roles at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ms Susan Wolff

B.Comm, CPA

Independent Director

Occupation: Compliance Manager

Susan is a Senior Compliance Manager with a Trustee company and is an experienced CFO and Governance Manager with a career spanning 25 years working in the financial services industry. Susan has been actively involved in the development and implementation of compliance, governance and risk frameworks across both funds management and advice businesses. Susan is a Nipper parent and former Treasurer and current bookkeeper for the Altona Life Saving Club and has been a member of the Governance Committee since April 2017.

Alexandra Moule

LLB (Hons), B.Comm (Hons), FGIA, FCIS

LSV Company Secretary

Occupation: Lawyer and Company Secretary

Alex is a General Counsel and Company Secretary at a private investment company. Prior to commencing in her current role, Alex was a senior lawyer at a global law firm, with over 20 years’ experience in governance and corporate regulatory advice. She advised listed clients across a range of industry groups on various governance and Board matters, in particular relating to disclosure, policies and procedures and shareholder meetings, communications and engagement. Alex is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Alex is a Nipper parent and Age Manager at Elwood LSC.

Governance Documents:

Governance Framework
Governance Charter
By Laws
Model Criteria for President and Directors