The Surf Life Saving Western Australia board comprises a chairman/president, six directors and the SLSWA Chief Executive Officer. All board members are individual members of Surf Life Saving WA Clubs.
The board is responsible for the overall business performance of the organisation in WA and enacts SLSWA’s strategic direction and priorities to be both appropriate and achievable; ensures the financial viability and security of SLSWA; establishes the policy and regulatory framework for governing SLSWA; monitors organisational compliance with relevant legislation and regulations; assesses risks facing the organisation; and appoints committees and honorary officers to carry out aspects of their work.
These are honorary positions that attract no remuneration except for reimbursement of expenses such as telephone, travel and accommodation costs incurred whilst performing Board activities. Board members are subject to re-election at the Annual General Meeting every three years, with a maximum of three terms. The Chief Executive officer is part of the board but does not have the right to vote.
Elected as President of SLSWA in August 2014. Craig is a former president of North Cottesloe SLSC and a life member of the club. He is a past Chair of Surf Sports for SLSWA and past member of the Australian Surf Sports Advisory Board.
Craig is the owner and Managing Director of Kwik Logistics, Director of the Future Force Foundation and Chairman of the Western Roads Federation. Craig has had a lifetime involvement in sport, including hockey and surf boats at an elite level, and competed in Australia and overseas in cycle road racing. He played plenty of rugby union in the Army and has tried his hand at pretty much every sport available. Craig continues to cycle and competes as a sweep in surf boat competitions.
Dr Leesa Equid
Dr Leesa Equid
Appointed to the SLSWA Board in July 2019, Leesa is SLSWA’s Honorary Medical Officer and 2015 SLSWA DHL Lifesaver of the Year.
As an active member of Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC since 2009, she has held Higher Education and First Aid Officer positions at her club, and was a member of the SLSWA Lifesaving Advisory Committee from 2015-2016.
In addition to her lifesaving duties, Leesa has also been a fierce surf sports competitor, achieving 7 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at WA Championships and bronze at a National level.
Leesa is currently an Emergency Medicine Trainee Registrar, due to complete her training in 2020. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery (HONS) in 2012 at the University of Western Australia and has since gained her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; Introduction to Epidemiology and Introduction to Biostatistics (University of Queensland); and most recently, her Certificate of Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) AAA and eFAST (Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine). Leesa was also named the 2016 Emergency Medicine Registrar of the Year at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Elected to the SLSWA Board in August 2014. Chris has been an active patrolling surf lifesaver since 1991, after gaining his bronze medallion at Scarboro SLSC. After moving in 1994 he became a member of Esperance Goldfields SLSC.
As well as rowing and sweeping surf boats, Chris is also a trainer, assessor and officiates at carnivals. Chris has held a wide range of positions at Esperance Goldfields including 10 years as president and is a life member of the club. In his early years as a club president, Chris sat on the state council until the governance change in 2005. He then attended president forums until he resigned as president in 2012.
Chris has been key in establishing the Jet Ski Team in Esperance and is the Coordinator and Duty Officer for the South East region. In 2010 Chris was awarded a citation of appreciation from the Western Australian Police for his leadership during the Bremer Bay search.
In 2011 he was honoured with the inaugural SLSWA Support Operations Volunteer of the Year award. Chris has owned and run several businesses since leaving the Army in 1984. For the past nineteen years has been operating a successful concrete and roof truss business in Esperance.
Garry Williams CSM
Garry Williams CSM
Appointed to the SLSWA Board in April 2013. Garry and his family (Megan, Andrew and Jessica) are all active members of Secret Harbour SLSC, having joined the club in 2005, and among other things, Garry is the clubs Youth Involvement Program Coordinator.
He is a trainer, assessor, competitor and official with a passion for the ongoing development of our youth as not only lifesavers but as future leaders in our community. He was awarded Surf Life Saving’s National Volunteer of the Year in 2009.
Garry is an Aeronautical Engineer, a serving member of the Royal Australian Navy and has over 35 years of Heavy Lift Helicopter Aviation Engineering Experience both in embarked Navy Frigates and ashore in Naval Aircraft Squadrons. He is a recipient of the Defence Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious achievement and devotion to duty. Garry has extensive leadership and project management experience gained through his work in Defence and is currently the Navy Project Manager for the integration of the 24 Navy Sea Hawk (MH60 Romeo) Helicopters into the Navies ANZAC Class Frigates
Jarod was appointed to the Surf Life Saving WA Board in May 2012. Jarod is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the accounting and finance industry for more than 20 years.
Jarod has previously worked with Ernst & Young, Gooding Partners Chartered Accountants and spent time working in the UK and Europe. After returning to Perth he worked in two private family offices during which time he gained experience across industries including television and film production, aviation, domestic and international property, commercial aquaculture, construction, corporate healthcare and finance.
Jarod was most recently the Financial Controller at Wabtec Control Systems, a leading provider of communication and signalling solutions for both the freight and passenger rail markets. He is currently the Chief Operations Officer at Hoppr Ltd, a technology company delivering targeted digital content globally to individual consumers and network service providers across mobile and TV platforms.
He is also a Director and Shareholder of Clear Corporate Solutions, an outsourcing company specialising in finance and administrative placements, and is a Director of the Azure Capital Foundation
Appointed to the SLSWA Board in September 2017. Heidi is a two-time Olympian in the sport of open water swimming, has competed at the world championships in both surf lifesaving and swimming, and is a multiple medallist at both the State and National Surf Lifesaving Championships.
Sporting success aside, Heidi is a solicitor specialising in corporate law and has advised numerous entities including ASX-listed and private companies on capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and corporate governance, as well as commercial transactions across a range of industries and jurisdictions.
Heidi has been an active patrolling surf lifesaver since 2005 and is a current member of the City of Perth Surf
Lifesaving Club. Heidi is also the current President of the Perth City Swimming Club, and a tribunal panel member of Football West, and has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector as a volunteer and consultant while being a passionate advocate for community clubs and grassroots sports. Heidi is also a highly sought after public speaker having presented to clients of varying ages in both the sport and corporate sector.
Appointed to the SLSWA Board in October 2014. Sarah is the Group Legal Counsel at Monadelphous and was formerly a partner at the national law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
She is an experienced projects lawyer who has worked on some of Western Australia’s largest resources projects, including the Ichthys LNG Project and the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project. She has strong experience in contract negotiation and risk allocation.
Sarah was recognised in the “Best Lawyers” peer review in Construction/Infrastructure in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Sarah was formerly the Education Officer at the City Of Perth SLSC and was a participant in the SLSA National Leadership Development Program.