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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.

Paul James ASM

LSV President and Board Chair

Grad Cert Management, Assoc Dip Health Science (Ambulance),
Cert Aquatic Leadership, Education and Practice

Paul is an Area Manager in Gippsland for Ambulance Victoria where he is responsible for the provision of quality emergency ambulance operations. Paul is a registered Ambulance Paramedic and has received an Ambulance Service Medal for distinguished service. His experiences include as an Incident Health Commander and Regional Health Commander for numerous emergency events including the Hazelwood Mine Fire, various flood events, Longford Gas Emergency and awarded a National Emergency Medal following his involvement in the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.
Previous employment has included State Manager for Laerdal Pty Ltd, Programs Manager for the RLSSA Victoria Branch and as a Military Policemen.
Paul has contributed as a member of RAV’s Medical Standards Committee, has been a National Councillor on the Australian Resuscitation Committee and held numerous national directorships for The Royal Life Saving Society Australia.
Paul has been actively involved in lifesaving with several clubs including Hampton LSC for over forty years and is still a patrolling member and Life Member. He has been Club President on two occasions. Paul was awarded a 125th Certificate of Merit by Prince Michael in recognition of his contributions to lifesaving.

Georgie Wettenhall

Director Council of Lifesaving Clubs

Georgie is an environmental consultant and a director of a small business for more than 10 years. Her work includes sustainable urban water management planning, design, research 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.

Adam Alsbury B.Bus, MBA, FAMI (CPM), FAICD

Director Council of Lifesaving Clubs

Adam is the Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer of a customer owned bank – a position he has held for the past 15 years.
He has over 20 years of active service at Woolamai Beach SLSC, during which time he held the positions of Vice President, Chief Instructor and Patrol Captain, while also working as a professional lifeguard.
Adam is a member of Mornington LSC where his children participate in Nippers and for 2.5 years was a member of LSV’s Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.
Adam completed his Master of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School and is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Katrina Antony Diploma of VET

Director Training and Assessment

Katrina is an Audit Systems Officer with WorkSafe Victoria providing specialist service, advice and auditing functions to the Licensing Branch and the Authorised Assessor Compliance Unit. Katrina is a member of both the Portland and Ocean Grove SLSCs and is an active patrolling member. She has held numerous positions at Club and State level including Lifeguard Supervisor and has been a member of the Lifesaving Operations Council Executive for 8 years. Katrina continues to be involved with Surf Sports as an Official and Announcer.

Kane Treloar BSocSci (CrimJust), Dip PS (Policing), Adv Dip Inv

Director Lifesaving Operations

Kane is a member of Victoria Police and has been for the eight years; he holds the rank of Detective Senior Constable and is currently posted to a metropolitan Crime Investigation Unit. His experience as a police member spans general duties policing, including deployment to emergency management events such as the Victorian bushfires. He currently works investigating crimes primarily in the indictable stream and is a graduate of the Victoria Police Detective Training School.
Kane also undertakes work in risk consultancy for risk facilitator, where he provides advice around risk, safety and crisis management to clients in both the public and private sector. A key focus of Kane’s work has been in and around more high-risk aspects in film and television production both in Australia and overseas.
Kane is a long-time member of the Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club, and a former Secretary and long-time board member. He still competes for Williamstown in IRB racing, and is part of the current world champion team; he is a former Australian IRB Champion. He spent ten years with LSV as a professional lifeguard and is an active crew member on the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.

Rachael Rylance

Director Aquatic Sports

Rachael is the Senior Manager – Business Transactions at AIA Australia Ltd, she has held various Finance roles over the last 20-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, as well as being involved in all aspects of sport at her club. She has also held several state positions including team manager for the IRB and Pool State teams and Pool Panel Coordinator.

Angela Malan BBus.

Director Membership & Leadership Development

Angela has been actively involved at Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club since 2005, is a current patrolling member and in 2018 was appointed a Life Member. She was Junior Coordinator from 2006-2011 and Club President from 2011-2016. Angela is the current Secretary at Inverloch SLSC. Angela has held positions at a state level on the Membership and Leadership Development Executive for the past 10 years and represents LSV on the SLSA Development Advisory Committee and EMV Volunteer Consultative Forum. Outside of lifesaving Angela works in Education support.

Anthony Neal Grad Dip Ed, GAICD

Director – Aquatic Education & Industry Engagement Council

Anthony is Director of Recreation and Waterways and part of the senior leadership team at the City of Melbourne. He leads a team that provides strategic advice to regarding policy, planning and project development relating to recreation and waterways infrastructure projects and services. He has extensive experience in leading and driving social enterprises across multiple industries including Aquatics, Recreation, Camping and Disability Services across Australia and Asia Pacific.

Shane Dunne MBA

Independent Director

Shane is the CEO of Aligned Leisure and General Manager with the Richmond Football Club where he leads the club’s 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. Shane holds a Board appointed position as Chair of the LSV Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.


Independent Director

Susan is the Chief Operating Officer of 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 Trustee, funds management and advice businesses. Susan is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Nipper parent and former Treasurer of the Altona Life Saving Club. Susan has been a member of the Governance Committee since April 2017.

Liza Gelt LLB (Hons.), GAICD

Independent Director

Liza is Founder and Principal of the management consulting firm, Collaborative Consulting Co, a firm that specialises in providing public policy and governance professional services to the Emergency Management sector at the national, state and local levels. Liza has over 20 years of experience in leading management consulting firms including Deloitte and Accenture, and more recently Cube Group. Liza is also a Nipper parent and former Age Group Leader at the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club.

Governance Documents:

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