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

LSV President and Board Chair

Paul is an Area Manager in Gippsland for Ambulance Victoria (AV) 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 and National Emergency Medal.

Paul has contributed as a member of AV’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 (RLSSA).

Paul has been actively involved in lifesaving for over 40 years and is still a patrolling member and Life Member at Hampton Life Saving Club. He has been a Club President on two occasions and currently is a Director of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and member of the SLSA Foundation. Paul was awarded a RLSSA 125th Anniversary Certificate of Merit by HRH Prince Michael in recognition of his contributions to lifesaving.

Georgie Wettenhall BE (Civil), BSc (Environmental Studies)

Ordinary Director (elected by the Council of Life Saving Clubs)

Georgie is undertaking a Masters of Teaching. She worked as an environmental consultant and a director of a small business for more than 10 years. Her work included 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 Surf Life Saving Clubs. She has competed in a range of lifesaving events and held many club leadership positions, including President, Club Captain, Chief Instructor and Patrol Captain.

Adam Alsbury BBus, MBA, FAMI (CPM), FAICD

Ordinary Director (elected by the Council of Life Saving Clubs)

Adam has over 20 years banking experience, most notably as the Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer of a customer owned bank.

He has over 20 years of active service at Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club, 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 Life Saving Club, 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

Ordinary Director (elected by the Life Saving Operations Council)

Katrina is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Specialist Support Officer with WorkSafe Victoria playing a key role in the Licensing and the Authorised Assessor Compliance Unit teams, connecting WorkSafe Victoria with RTOs. Katrina provides her expertise supporting RTOs with interpretation, education and communication of current requirements. She focuses her specialist knowledge to influence and educate stakeholders identifying opportunities for improvement or efficiencies, developing enhancements to improve process.

Prior to WorkSafe, Katrina was the Executive Assistant for 10 years to the Operations Manager at Alcoa Portland Aluminium.

Katrina is a member of both the Portland and Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs 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 nine years. Katrina continues to be involved with surf sports as a Senior Official and Announcer at State and National Championships.

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

Ordinary Director (elected by the Life Saving Operations Council)

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. Kane investigates crimes primarily in the indictable stream and is a graduate of the Victoria Police Detective Training School.

Kane also undertakes work in risk consultancy, 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 & Life Saving Club and a former Secretary and Board member. He previously actively competed and is a former Australian Champion. Kane has worked as a professional lifeguard and is an active crew member on the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.

Rachael Rylance

Ordinary Director (elected by the Aquatic Sports Council)

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 Life Saving Club 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 at her club including sport, nippers and training. She has also held several state positions including team manager for the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) and Pool State Teams, Pool Panel Coordinator and was the Team Manager for the Australian IRB Team in 2018.

Rachael is a member of the LSV Governance Committee.

Angela Malan BBus

Ordinary Director (elected by the Membership and Leadership Development Council)

Angela has been actively involved at Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club since 2005, is a current patrolling member and patrol mentor and in 2018 was appointed a Life Member. During that time she has held the roles of Junior Coordinator, Club President and is currently Club Secretary.

Angela has held positions at a state level on the Membership and Leadership Development Executive for the past 12 years and is a member of the Governance Committee. She also represents LSV on the Surf Life Saving Australia Development Advisory Committee and Emergency Management Victoria Volunteer Consultative Forum.

Outside of lifesaving Angela works in education support.

Anthony Neal Grad Dip Ed, GAICD

Ordinary Director (elected by the Aquatic Education and Industry Engagement Council)

Anthony is Director of Recreation and Waterways and part of the leadership team at the City of Melbourne. He leads a team that provides strategic advice to council 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.

Shane Dunne MBA

Independent Director

Shane is a General Manager at the Richmond Football Club and CEO of the club’s subsidiary, Aligned Leisure. He is responsible for the non-traditional commercial interests of the club, which currently includes leading the club’s education and community leisure business pursuits.

Shane has worked in senior roles in the sport and leisure industry for 20 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 and is a member of the LSV Remuneration Committee.


Independent Director

Susan is the General Manager Wealth Management with the Hejaz Financial Group and is an experienced CFO, Governance & Operations 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 financial planning licensees.

Susan is a member of the Altona Life Saving Club and has previously held the position of Treasurer. Susan holds a Board appointed position as Chair of the LSV Governance Committee and is a member of the LSV Remuneration Committee.

Liza Gelt LLB (Hons), BA, GAICD

Independent Director

Liza is founder and principal of a management consulting firm that specialises in providing professional services to the Emergency Management sector at the national, state and local levels. Liza has over 20 years of experience consulting to the public sector and not for profit organisations with leading firms including Deloitte, Accenture and Cube Group.

Liza is a nipper parent and former Age Group Leader at the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club and a member of LSV’s Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.

Governance Documents:

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