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It is with regret that I announce the resignation of David Murray as President, Surf Life Saving NSW, effective Friday, 29 March 2019.

David’s decision to stand down has not been taken lightly and he is immensely proud of what collectively, we have achieved as an organisation over the last three years.

David’s tenure coincided with a very challenging time for the organisation and despite taking on the role of President during a period of disruption, he has worked tirelessly to ensure stability, bring about culture change and restore pride in Surf Life Saving within our membership and with the public.

I know David is proud of what we have accomplished as part of our new strategic direction and hopes his resignation will open up the opportunity for other talented members with high-level leadership and governance skills, to continue to drive the organisation in a positive direction.

We enjoy strong government and community support and our profile as an organisation has never been greater. We are in a healthy position with some wonderful improvements already made and many more to come.

“I wish to thank the Board of SLSNSW and our CEO Steven Pearce for their support,” said David Murray.

“On a personal note, it has been a privilege to serve you as President, representing our 75,000 wonderful volunteers.

“While it has been a heartbreaking decision to resign, my family’s needs and my own health must take priority at this time.

“I want to thank you for your loyalty to our great organisation and wish you continued success in future. Stand proud and know that what you do makes a real difference to people’s lives,” said David Murray.

The Directors of both the Surf Life Saving NSW Board and the Surf Life Saving Services Board wish to categorically and unanimously confirm their support of David Murray, and acknowledge and thank him for the outstanding and selfless contribution that David has made to the betterment and benefit of Surf Life Saving NSW and its 75,000 members during his tenure as President Surf Life Saving NSW.

Brian Wilcox (Deputy President), will be assuming the role of Acting President until the vacancy is filled via an election.

We wish David all the best for his future and for the support and guidance he has provided us all.


Steven Pearce AFSM



Thursday 28 March 2019