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Women in Lifesaving



In June 2013, Life Saving Victoria (LSV) launched the Female Leadership Network (FLN), with a mission to bring women from all facets of the organisation together to inspire and be inspired. We hoped to encourage and champion women in leadership by identifying and supporting positive women role models, empowering women through personal development and by providing them with an opportunity to network and share.

On March 3, 2022, the FLN was rebranded to the Women in Lifesaving Panel, to reflect the growth of the network and to resonate with the wider lifesaving membership.

The Women in Lifesaving Panel aims to provide women including both staff and volunteer members, the opportunity to build capacity. Ten years in, the Women in Lifesaving Panel continues to grow through keynote sessions, networking events, master classes, training, support of state and international scholarships and providing a range of professional development opportunities. The panel continues to expand to the broader LSV community including our Aquatic Industry, Emergency Service and Sport and Recreation industry sectors.

The recognition of our Male Champions of change within Women in Lifesaving has been an important and essential step in building awareness of gender equality and the ongoing evolution of women in leadership within lifesaving.



to enhance the development of our female leaders and our future leaders
create an environment that encourages socialisation and positive relationships between female participants
encourage further involvement and opportunities for females in the lifesaving movement
develop leadership skills through a variety of activities, keynote speakers and networking events
provide the opportunity to develop new networks within lifesaving
provide the opportunity to develop broader professional networks that extend beyond lifesaving and into professional industries and everyday life
partner with other areas of lifesaving to encourage collaboration across all areas of the movement
provide mentoring opportunities to female leaders within lifesaving
Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions

Building personal brand, a network of advocates and your own board of directors.

Date: Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Location: Life Saving Victoria, 200 The Boulevard Port Melbourne, 3207

Time: 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start

Session Registration: Click here to register

The essence of the Female Leadership Network (FLN) is about providing our people with the opportunity to connect, enhance their leadership skills, provide useful strategies and tools and to help expand their network in lifesaving and professionally. Our first face to face session for 2021, promises to include all of these elements.

The FLN Panel is delighted to invite our loyal members to an evening of inspiration, connection, knowledge building and key learnings. This session is open to all female members 18+, our male Champions, and the broader Aquatic and Emergency Service Industries.

This session will entail key information about personal brand, and the significant impact this can have on how others perceive you and your ability to build connections. We will hear from a highly accomplished panel about their journey in lifesaving and the tools and strategies they have used to connect and navigate their way through the various roles that they have held. We would learn about what it means to have supporters and a network or advocates and how this is different from a Board of Directors.
The session will conclude with a workshop connecting you to likeminded people, either through various roles/responsibilities, or perceived challenges or opportunities/vision.

About our panel

Hannah Tzimokas – 2020 Victorian Lifeguard of the Year
Hannah has been an active member of Woolamai Beach SLSC for 11 years, and currently sits on their board of directors under the profile of Leadership Development. Hannah has worked as a Beach and Events Lifeguard since 2015 and in 2018 she took on the role of Chief Lifeguard of the Bass Area. Hannah is the current Victorian Lifeguard of the Year.

Hannah was a Building Leaders Scholar in 2018 where she helped deliver IRB driver training and helped refine local leaders and instructors’ delivery of vital beach management skills and advanced aquatic rescue techniques. In 2019 Hannah returned as a mentor where she worked to assist the scholars to reach their personal development goals and training outcomes.

Hannah is passionate about female development and currently runs a female development group at Woolamai Beach SLSC. Hannah and aims to encourage upcoming females in lifesaving through mentorship, guidance and support.

Nancy Joseph – Chair of SLSA’s Development Advisory Committee
Nancy is a long-standing member of the lifesaving movement, with her service to lifesaving spanned many years at club, state and national level. Her involvement at Fairhaven SLSC has included positions of Chief Instructor, Club Captain, Vice President and Secretary.

Nancy was previously a non-executive director on the board of Life Saving Victoria. In this role, she was influential in developing and implementing leadership development programs, including the Building Leaders Scholarship and Female Leadership Network. In 2011 Nancy was awarded the Graeme Long Memorial Medal – Victorian Volunteer of the Year and the DHL Australian Volunteer of the Year for her volunteer contributions to SLS. In 2017, Nancy was awarded Life Membership of Life Saving Victoria and in 2019 awarded Life Membership of Surf Life Saving Australia.

Nancy is currently the Chair of SLSA’s Development Advisory Committee and Club of the Year selection panel. Nancy is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experiences to impart and empower others to achieve their dreams.

Rachel Engelhardt – Member Engagement and Health Club Team Leader, Glen Eira Leisure.
Rachel is an energetic and results driven leader with a passion for people and creating an inclusive culture. Mentoring emerging leaders and igniting their potential, is the source of her energy.

Working in a variety of roles across the Sports and Leisure industry and public sector for a decade has provided Rachel with experience, learnings and opportunities to identify what makes individuals tick. She loves identifying the best ways to motivate and assist individuals in the areas of leadership, wellbeing and innovation. Currently a Co-Mentor for Glen Eira City Council’s Local
Government Professionals Victoria Management Challenge team, after leading the 2019 team to success at the state-wide challenge.

Rachel’s humanistic nature will provide you the opportunity to ask questions about the Aquatic and Leisure industry and your individual leadership style.
Above all, Rachel is passionate about creating meaningful connections to lead others on their professional and personal journey.

Session Registration
LSV Members – $20

Non- Members – $25

To register for the Female Leadership Network please visit:

For further information regarding the Female Leadership Network contact Membership and Leadership development on 03 9676 6945 or email fln@lsv.com.au

Previous Sessions
Session Date Title Keynote Speaker Preview
3 December 2020 Nourishing a Thriving Culture Kemi Nekvapil Session Recording
18 June 2020 Round Table #2: Biggest Leadership Lessons Emma Conway Session Recording
24 9th May 2019 Building Your Support Team Renee Robson Female Leadership Network Session 24
N/A 7th March 2019 International Women’s Day Michelle Redfern Female Leadership Network Session
23 18th September 2018 Unconscious Bias Fiona Krautil Female Leadership Network Session 23
22 30th May 2018 Personal Brand Sue Barrett Female Leadership Network Session 22
21 20 February 2018 Females and the Development of Lifesaving Dr Bernadette Matthews Female Leadership Network Session 21
N/A 2 & 9 September 2017 Business Boot Camp Extension Program Bronwen Young Business Boot Camp Extension Program
N/A 5  August 2017 Business Boot Camp Program Matti Clements
Carol Fox
Bronwen Young
Business Boot Camp
20 1 June 2017 Ground Breakers Chyloe Kurdas
Isabel Huntington
Female Leadership Network Session 20
19 8 March 2017 International Womens Day – Defining Moments Michelle Murphy ASM Sue Clifford AMP
Cassie Moss
Kylie Evans
Female Leadership Network Session 19
18 8 December 2016 Social Network Event N/A
17 24 November 2016 The Resilience Project Martin Heppell Female Leadership Network Session 17
N/A 27 & 28 August Business Bootcamp (Board Ready) Bronwen Young
Carol Fox
Emma Sherry
Jan Elsner
Female Leadership Network Business Bootcamp 
16 30 June 2016 Making Your Dreams a Reality Suzanne Young Female Leadership Network Session 16
15 21 May 2016 FLN Regional Think Tank – Confident Communication for Women Carol Fox Female Leadership Network Session 15
14 3 March 2016 Active Living and Healthy Lifestyles Harriet Brown Female Leadership Network Session 14
13 25 August 2015 Creating Champions of Change in Gender Equity The Honourable Jane Garrett
Matt Finnis
Kevin Larkins
Female Leadership Network Session 13
12 28 May 2015 Women in Leadership Series – Leadership, Resilience and our Future Melissa King – SLSA CEO
Dr Natalie Hood
Yvette Costello
Female Leadership Network Session 12
11 12 February 2015 Playing to your strengths: Knowing what your good at and where your strengths lay Jan Elsner – Positive Leadership Female Leadership Network Session 11
10 28 November 2014 Celebrating Respect and Gender Diversity Sue Clarke – Head of Victoria Police Priority Community Division Female Leadership Network Session 10
9 30 October 2014 Getting Ready for Summer – Health and Wellbeing Steph Prem Female Leadership Network Session 9
8 28 August 2014 Gender Smart – Understanding gender bias and working together Kevin Larkins Female Leadership Network Session 8
Gender Smart Power Point Presentation Session 8
7 26 June 2014 Embracing Life’s Challenges – changing direction, it’s ok if things don’t work Steph Prem Female Leadership Network Session 7
6 3 April 2014 Oridinary Women Achieving Extrordinary Things Kate Riddell – Firefoxes Australia Female Leadership Network Session 6
5 26 Feburary 2014 Mentoring – What its all about and why you should have one Internal Female Leadership Network Session 5
4 13 November 2013 Lifesaving Panel – What’s in your tool bag for the season ahead? Lifesaving Female Panellists Female Leadership Network Session 4
3 26 September 2013 Getting the Balance Right – setting goals and achieving them Matti Clements Female Leadership Network Session 3
2 14 August 2013 Play the Game – women vs male brains, how we can communicate Carol Fox Female Leadership Network Session 2
1 20 June 2013 Personal Brand – understanding you and your leadership style Leigh Russell Female Leadership Network Session 1


The Female Leadership Network Panel is seeking a Marketing and Communications Officer.

To view the position description click here

To express your interest please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@lsv.com.au