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, directors, committees, 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.
Paul James ASM Grad Cert Management, Assoc Dip Health Science (Ambulance),
Craig Watson MPET, BEd, FRSCA
Director – council of life saving clubs
Craig has been involved at a global level with business strategy, training and DE&I initiatives for over 25 years.
Craig has been a member of Venus Bay SLSC for over 30 years, where he is a Life Member and has held the positions of President, Secretary, Competition Manager and Patrol Captain as well as a stint as Senior Lifeguard. Craig has received 2 separate Meritorious Commendations for rescues.
During his 4 year term as President, VBSLSC were awarded LSV Club of the Year 3 times and National SLSA Club of the Year.
Craig has a Masters of Professional Education & Training and has consulted to International Businesses on Business Strategy & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion best practice.
Adam Alsbury BBus, MBA, FAMI (CPM), FAICD
Director – 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
Director – training and assessment
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
Director – lifesaving services
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.
Director – aquatic sports
Aaron has worked in senior property roles for the past 20 years and is currently the Head of Property for the Medibank Group. Aaron leads all property activities, including Property Strategy, Leasing, Design, Construction, Facilities Management and Accommodation planning.
Aaron currently holds the position of President of the Geelong Try Boys Brigade, a youth organisation in the Greater Geelong region. He has held a board position as Vice President of Basketball Geelong and more recently the position of President of Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club.
Aaron is also a member of the Surf Life Saving Australia Sport Advisory Committee.
Director – membership and leadership development
Rebecca is a trained lawyer, the current Director of Investment Leverage and Portfolio Management at Firemark Ventures and the former Chief Executive Officer of FinTech Australia.
She has demonstrated understanding of governance and strategic development, having been appointed on three government boards.
Rebecca is a current member of Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club, where she previously held a variety of leadership positions including South Barwon training and assessment officer, chief instructor, lifeguard, patrol captain and age manager.
Kara Monaghan, BAppSci, MBA, MAICD
Director – Aquatic Education and Industry Engagement
Kara Monaghan is a dynamic professional with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles within the leisure industry across both local government and the private sector. Currently serving as the State Manager of VIC & TAS at Belgravia Leisure, Kara oversees a diverse portfolio of facilities spanning Victoria and Tasmania. Her responsibilities include the management of award-winning leisure centers, seasonal pools, river pools, golf courses, accommodation, and wellness establishments.
Beyond her role at Belgravia Leisure, Kara actively participates in industry associations and councils. She serves as a valued representative on the AEIEC Council and is a member of the Governance Committee.
Kara’s passion for the water extends beyond her professional pursuits. As a former member and competitor at Williamston SLSC, she understands the importance of lifesaving and the values it instills. She proudly supports the Wye River SLSC as a dedicated nipper mum, fostering a love for the ocean and beach safety among the younger generation.
With her extensive experience, leadership acumen, and commitment to community engagement, Kara Monaghan continues to make an impact, enhancing the well-being and enjoyment of individuals across Victoria and Tasmania.
Shane Dunne MBA
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.
Susan Wolff BCOMM, CPA, FGIA, MAICD
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
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.