Board Members

The Surf Life Saving Queensland Board comprises a President, Deputy President and seven directors.

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Mark Fife OAM

Since joining the Surf Life Saving organisation in 1975, Mark Fife has become the epitome of the iconic Aussie surf lifesaver. Mark is a former Club and Branch President, was the Australian Director of Life Saving for five years and is the only person to have been awarded Australian Surf Life Saver of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

A Life Member of Broadbeach SLSC, South Coast Branch, SLSQ and SLSA, Mark received an OAM as part of the Governor-General’s Australia Day Honours List in 2013 and was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 2015. A father of four, grandfather to five and a Property Manager for the State Government, you will still find Mark on patrol, training members and officiating at carnivals over the season.

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Michael Kearney
Director of Finance

Michael joined North Kirra SLSC in 2002 and in the years since has undertaken roles at all levels of the organisation. Michael has been an active patrolling member and has held club roles including Club Captain, Chief Training Officer as well as Surf and Supporters Club Treasurer and President. Michael was the Point Danger Branch Director of Lifesaving, a member of the Branch Council and has held roles on the SLSQ Lifesaving Services Committee, Education Panel and Patrol Services Panel.

Michael is an experienced finance professional, managing and growing a large and complex debt portfolio. Michael has worked in both Australia and the UK for banks as well as a Fund Manager. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science (Property Economics) and a Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance.

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Mark Wyer

Over the past 10 years, Mark has held a variety of club roles including Patrol Captain, Radio Officer and Executive Roles of Deputy President and President. Mark has been a driving influence of club development and strategic planning during his time with Emu Park SLSC. Mark has also been a Councilor at Branch Level and was nominated by SLSA as a Masterclass Leader in 2016. Mark is a surf boat rower and is a patrolling member for Mooloolaba SLSC, while also maintaining his membership with Emu Park SLSC.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Mark is an Associate Engineer (CPEng & RPEQ) and has over 16 years’ civil engineering experience in both urban and municipal planning and development. He has a continuing commitment to strategic planning, business development, leadership, engineering management, detailed design certification and project coordination. Mark is passionate about the opportunity of combining his professional knowledge of strategic planning and project management with volunteer lifesaving.

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Brad Russell

Brad and his family have had an involvement in surf lifesaving over many generations. Brad joined Emu Park as a nipper in 1972 and is currently an active long service member of Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club.

Brad is a Partner of a leading Australian law firm and a director of an internationally recognised innovative insurance and risk advisory business. In his roles as lawyer, risk and insurance advisor, Brad assists clients in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors in terms of identifying, understanding and managing their risks whether by insurance or other risk management protolg and methods. Turning adversity into commercial opportunity and innovation are particular skills for which is Brad is known. Brad’s professional qualifications include being a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, admitted solicitor of various Supreme Courts as well the Federal and High Court of Australia.

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Grant Dearlove
Independent Director

Grant Dearlove is an Executive, Company Director and Lawyer. He is adept at owning, leading, and growing companies at board and ‘C-suite’ level, combining strategic, business, investment and legal competencies.

Across his career Grant has owned, worked in, been the Board Director of, and consulted to, professional service firms in the arenas of property, franchising, risk, insurance, education, economic development, tourism, M&A, funds management, outsourcing and legal. Grant is currently a director of several companies. He is Executive Chairman of AF Legal Group Ltd (ASX:AFL), a Non -Executive Director of Oliver Hume Corporation, leading wealth manager Forefront Financial Services Pty Ltd and the Central Queensland Primary Health Network.

Grant has held positions as Managing Director Colliers International -Residential for Australia, Managing Director PRDnationwide, National Partner and Head of Growth and Markets of Shine Corporate Limited (ASX:SHJ) and Equity Part ner of McInnes Wilson Lawyers.

Grant has a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors Course. Grant is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and studied leadership of professional service organisations at Harvard University.

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Michael White
Deputy President

Since joining his local surf club a little over 20 years ago, Michael has been involved at all levels of the Surf Life Saving movement. Michael is a former director and secretary of the Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club and past member of the Surf Life Saving Queensland Judiciary. He has also acted as an independent director to a number of community association boards, including the Sunshine Coast Law Association and the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation. He is a past participant, facilitator and now mentor at Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Leadership College. Michael holds 90 lifesaving awards and has undertaken more than 1,200 voluntary patrol hours. He has also been a patrol captain for ten years and a rescue crewman for the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service for six years. He was a contributor to the current edition of the SLSA training manual Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue.

In the Surf Sports arena, Michael has competed at the international level, has won 24 national medals, is a five-time Australian Open Male Champion Lifesaver, and is captain of the current Australian Open Patrol Competition champion team. Outside of surf life saving Michael is a barrister at the Sunshine Coast Barristers Chambers.

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Tanya O'Shea

Tanya has been a member of the Bundaberg Surf Lifesaving Club since 2005, joining the club as a nipper parent, before being elected as the Junior Activities Chair (JAC) in 2007. Professionally, Tanya owns a plumbing business in partnership with her husband. Tanya has a strong background in business management (MBA), mental health practice (Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Masters of Mental Health Practice) and community sector service development.

In 2007 Tanya participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange tour in England, sharing best practice philosophies and strategies with other ‘for profit’ and not-for-profit organisations. Genuinely committed to community development and sustainability of not-for-profit organisations, Tanya seeks diversification and partnership opportunities to continually enhance service quality and the ongoing financial viability of NFPs.

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Tom Sealy

Tom joined the lifesaving movement as a nipper back in 1998 and has since obtained numerous lifesaving awards and completed over 1,000 voluntary patrol hours. A current Patrol Captain at Mermaid Beach AEME SLSC Tom has held various executive roles at his club, most recently Club Captain. Tom was a member of the SLSQ Membership Services Committee for the last five years making a significant contribution to the implementation of the State Sustainability Project. Tom is a graduate of the SLSA National Leadership College and Masterclass development pro grams and was selected to represent SLSA at the 2017 Japanese Lifesaving Exchange Program.

Tom is a registered architect for a renowned architectural firm in Brisbane and has over ten years’ experience completing architectural projects locally and interstate. Tom holds a Bachelor of Design (Architectural Studies), Master of Architecture and is completing a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

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Ally Muller
Independent Director

Ally is an entrepreneurial professional with 20 years strategy and management experience in corporate finance, infrastructure and technology-based companies, specialising in enterprise innovation strategy, business advisory, merger and acquisitions and board advisory.

She is a senior executive with experience in establishing innovation eco-systems, new ways of working, joint ventures, new business development and portfolio management. Ally provides a specialised focus on strategically growing businesses and developing innovative capital and portfolio solutions.

Allison has experience across a broad range of industries including banking, mining, utilities, oil and gas, not-for-profit, public private partnerships, technology, start-ups, and management consulting.

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Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland
SLSQ Patron

His Excellency the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014 and is the patron of Surf Life Saving Queensland.

The Governor was born in Brisbane in 1948, the third son of school teacher parents Ronald and Moya (both now deceased).

He won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Queensland, from which he graduated in Arts in 1969 and Laws (with Honours) in 1971. Also in December 1971, the Governor married Kaye Brown. Mr and Mrs de Jersey have three children and three grandchildren.

The Governor was called to the Bar at the end of 1971 and was appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC) in 1981.

The Governor was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985, when aged 36 years, becoming the 17th Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998, and served in that role for more than 16 years until 8 July 2014.

In recognition of his contribution to the Australian community, the Governor was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2000) and the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and has recently accepted an honorary doctorate from Griffith University.

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