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Following the meeting of the State Council in Sydney last week, Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to welcome new and returning members to the Board of Directors.

In 2018, the positions of President, Director of Finance, Director of Education, and Director of Surf Sports were up for election for two-year-terms.

Incumbent President David Murray and Director of Surf Sports Don van Keimpema were both returned and will serve a second term in their respective roles after joining the Board in 2016.

They will be joined by two new faces on the seven-member Board after Paul Bolton (Director of Finance) and Tony Waller (Director of Education) were successfully elected.

Paul Bolton has been a patrolling member of Catherine Hill Bay SLSC since 2002 and is a current patrol captain. During his tenure he was also the club’s Director of Finance for nine years and has been an Age manager and Team Manager at State and Australian Championships.

He has extensive experience in the financial sector, having been a chartered accountant for more than 30 years.

Tony Waller is the current governor and former president of Coogee SLSC and has been extensively involved in surf life saving since joining the organisation in 1975. He has contributed to club committees since the 1977 season and has won numerous awards over the years. Away from the beach, Tony is heavily involved in many aspects of his local community and was the driving force behind the establishment of the Fallen Lifesaver Memorial project at Coogee Beach. Tony is a senior employee of Fire and Rescue NSW.

Paul will replace outgoing Director of Finance Pip Butt, while Tony takes the reins of the Education portfolio from Amanda Higgerson.

President David Murray praised the dedication of the two out-going directors, and is looking forward to the challenges that await the board as the movement seeks to define itself in a rapidly changing world.

“I would like to thank Pip for her outstanding contribution to the Board as Director of Finance and Chair of the Finance and Compliance Committee (FACC), and Amanda for her tremendous contribution to education services,” said David Murray.

“To our members, I would like to reiterate that we have a great future ahead of us and that I am proud to have been entrusted to lead our Board and provide direction to the membership for another term.”


Friday 11 May 2018