I have been a member of Trust Waikato Waihi Beach SLSC for over 9 years and prior to that a member of Raglan Surf Lifesaving Club. I have actively patrolled and competed throughout this time and am currently holding the Club President role which I have now held for 2 seasons. I have previously held positions within the Club of Director of Membership, Director of Lifeguarding, Patrol Officer, Club Captain, Call Out Squad, Nippers Coach and Operations Manager. I have also lived in the club for 2 seasons back in 2015 and possibly have more grey hairs because of this.
From outside the lifesaving scene I have worked for NZ Police for 18 years and am presently a Senior Sergeant based in Hamilton. A role that involves leading and managing people to provide a much needed Policing service ensuring the people of Hamilton are kept safe. A large number of skills from Policing have assisted me well as part of Trust Waikato SLSC over the past 9 years.
I believe I am family focused and pride myself on being approachable open and honest in the way I make decisions.
I am looking forward to being part of the clubs management team for the 2017/2018 season and provide support to the Chair person. I would like to see the club continue to work towards being a self-sustainable club, a fun place for people to come and a club that members are proud to be associated to.
In December 2013 I took over the role as acting chair, as Janine O’Connor headed overseas and it is my privilege to be able to continue this work this season. Our family has been a member of the club for 6 years around Junior Surf with our eldest son qualifying as a lifeguard last year. The club has provided our children with so much that it is time for us to give back. I have a management degree and experience in sales and marketing and I hope that these skills will assist to promote the club to the wider community and build a strong membership base. Collaboration between all of the stakeholders will result in a strong functioning organisation that achieves great things. Looking forward to the journey.
Sports Development Officer
I have been a member of the club here at Waihi Beach since the 1999/2000 season, when our eldest son James, now a senior lifeguard, started as a Nipper. Since that time, I have coached, assisted, helped with competitions and events, supported the club and during the 2012/13 season worked with Junior Surf as the Coaching and Competitions Coordinator.
My background is varied, including many years in not-for-profit development, governance and management, where my passion for voluntary work developed. I have worked in both Sales and Marketing Management roles, PR and Communications, as an Event Manager for major international sporting events, been a primary school teacher, netball and athletics coach, sports coordinator and prior to that, just for something completely different a ballet dancer, teacher and examiner. Currently, I work as a consultant with a company supporting small-to-medium sized businesses.
Volunteers and volunteering are vitally important to me and they obviously play an enormous role in the ongoing success and development of our club and its people. I am looking forward to a great season, working in the areas of coaching and competition throughout all levels of the club, coordinating a team of wonderful volunteers to ensure our success!
I have had 4 years Junior Surf involvement at Waihi Beach Club and have coached for the last 3 years. My previous history has included;
President and patrolling member of Whangarei Heads Surf Lifesaving Club
Operational Member of Northland
Police Rescue Diver
Water Rescue Crewman
Member of Waihi Coastguard
Waihi Beach Call-Out Squad