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Chief Executive Officer's Office

  • Chief Executive Officer - James O'Toole
  • Lawyer - Eve Metcalfe
  • Executive Assistant - Vasika Bechar 
  • Receptionist - Breanne Crawford


  • General Manager Corporate, Sport and Health - Rob Murphy
  • General Manager Lifesaving and Training - Chris Peck

Corporate, Sport and Health

  • Accountant - Kirsty Motherway
  • Accounts Officer - Sharon Foong
  • Marketing and Partnerships Coordinator - Minda Penn 
  • Marketing and Communications Officer - Megan Jones
  • Marketing and Events Officer - Renee Jones
  • IT Development Coordinator - Ryan Greenaway
  • IT Officer - Vacant
  • Sport and Development Coordinator - Chris Inglis
  • Sports Development Officer - Ben Harvey
  • Sports Development Officer - Rachel Duczynski
  • Sport and Development Officer - David Somers
  • Gear Officer - Terry Byron
  • Health Promotion and Research Officer - Chrissie Skehan
  • Community Program Officer - Keta Lemmon

Lifesaving and Training

  • Lifesaving Contract Service Manager - Peter Scott
  • Jet Ski Operations Officer - Craig Bowley 
  • Lifeguard Officer - Simon Peppler
  • Air Crew Chief (Seasonal)
  • Surfcom Controllers
  • Lifesaving Operations Coordinator - Matthew du Plessis
  • Lifesaving Officer - Josh McCleery 
  • Training & Education Coordinator - David Gallagher
  • Training & Education Officer - John King
  • Training & Education Officer - Georgia Meyers & Holly Leach
  • Training & Education Administrative Officer - Janie Rowse
  • Training & Education Administrative Officer - Karthi McLeod


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 two years, with no maximum term. The Chief Executive officer is part of the board but does not have the right to vote.

Craig Smith-Gander - President

Craig was elected as President of Surf Life Saving WA in August 2014. Craig is a former president of North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club and a life member of the Club. He is a past Chair of Surf Sports for Surf Life Saving Western Australia and past member of the Australian Surf Sports Advisory Board

Craig is the owner and Executive Chairman for Kwik Transport and Crane Hire; Managing Director CIC Events Management; Chairman Westcycle Inc, Director Force 15 Foundation, Non Executive Director Alexium Limited, Chairman Sustainability Pty Ltd.

Craig has had a life time involvement in sport, including hockey and surf boats at elite level, and competed in Australia and overseas in cycle road racing.  He played lots of rugby union in the Army and has tried his hand at pretty much every sport available.  Craig continues to ride bicycles a lot, and competes as a sweep in surf boat competitions.

Kelly Moss

Kelly was elected to the Surf Life Saving WA Board in September 2011. Kelly has vast experience in Surf Life Saving, having previously been North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club's General Manager. She has been a member at the club since 1996 and is currently on the club's sponsorship and marketing committee. Kelly has had a career in the sport and recreation industry spanning over 12 years, including working for the Department of Sport and Recreation in regional Western Australia. Kelly is currently a Director of sports event management company CIC Events.

Jarod Stone

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 the past 17 years. Jarod has previously worked with Ernst & Young, Gooding Partners Chartered Accountants and spent time working in the UK and Europe. Jarod returned to Perth in 2004 to establish and manage Mulloway Pty Ltd (a private family office) and has experience across various industries and in businesses including television and film production, aviation, domestic and international property, commercial aquaculture, construction and finance. Most recently, Jarod held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Warburton Group Pty Ltd and is currently Chief Financial Officer at C2CE Pty Ltd. Jarod was previously a Director of Prime Health Group Ltd (now Kinetic Health) and Market United Pty Ltd (Digital marketing agency acquired by Q Ltd), is a founding Trustee Director of the Azure Foundation, and a Board Member and Treasurer of not for profit FORM.

Garry Williams

Garry is an active member of Secret Harbour SLSC, having joined the club in 2006 and is the Peel Support Operations Area Coordinator. Garry is an Aeronautical Engineer and serving member or the Royal Australian Navy. Garry has 30 plus years of Heavy Lift Helicopter Aviation Engineering Experience both in embarked Navy Frigates and ashore in Naval Aircraft Squadrons. Garry 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 new Navy Sea Hawk (MH60 Romeo) Helicopters into the Navies ANZAC Class Frigates and Defence Leadership Facilitator. He is a member of the SLSA National Development Standing Committee. Garry was awarded Surf Life Saving's National Volunteer of the Year in 2009. Garry was appointed to the Surf Life Saving WA Board in April 2013.

Chris Brien

Chris was elected to the Surf Life Saving WA Board in August 2014. Chris has considerable experience at club and state levels. He has been an active patrolling Surf Life Saver since 1991 after gaining his bronze medallion at Scarboro SLSC. Chris and Family moved back to Esperance in 1994 where he became a member of the Esperance Goldfields SLSC.  As well as rowing and sweeping Surfboats, 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 Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving 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 Chris was honoured with the inaugural Support Operations Volunteer of the Year award. Chris has owned and run several businesses since leaving the Army in 1984. For the past fifteen years has been operating a successful concrete and roof truss business in Esperance.

Sarah Leonard

Sarah was appointed to the Surf Life Saving Board in October 2014. Sarah is a Partner of 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 and 2015. Sarah was formerly the Education Officer at City Of Perth SLSC and was a participant in the SLSA National Leadership Development Program.   

Gemma Tognini

Gemma was appointed to the Surf Life Saving WA Board in August 2015. Gemma is the founder and director of gtmedia – strategic communications, which was established in July 2003 and is a winner in the 2014 Prestigious Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She is a highly sought after corporate advisor, media strategist, columnist, broadcaster and conference speaker with clients spanning from a wide variety of industries. Gemma also delivers media training and conference keynotes around Australia on subjects as diverse as media strategy, crisis and reputation management and internal and stakeholder communications.

Gemma attended Curtin University of Technology where she completed her Bachelor’s degree with in English and Politics. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also sits on the state advisory boards of the Salvation Army and the Starlight Children’s’ Foundation. Gemma is also a member of the WA Executive of the Communications Council of Australia (WA).

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