Board Members

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

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Mark Fife OAM
President

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
Director

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
Director

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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Leigh Schuch
Director

Leigh joined the Surf Life Saving movement in 1982 at the Moore Park SLSC, where during those early years she took on the role of Chief Instructor.

Having dedicated many years to setting up opportunities for the club, major achievements of Leigh’s were around securing grants to further acquisition equipment and the construction of a gear shed and new clubhouse, as well as the co-ordination of Bundaberg Clubs Seahorse Nipper Program.

She has held numerous positions from her role of Club President, Branch President and SLSQ State Councillor, and has a broad understanding of the legal responsibilities of governing bodies in relation to charitable organisations.

Her career roles include Principal Education Officer for Education Queensland as well as Deputy Principal at Bundaberg State High School. As part of her role as Principal Education Officer, Leigh was responsible for liaising with Principal’s from schools within the Bundaberg Region.

Leigh believes that it is critical for the Surf Life Saving movement to have regional representation at Board level as the way that regional clubs operate is quite different to that of the “south-east corner” of Queensland.

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Tom Sealy
Director

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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Carol Fox
Independent Director

As a Life Member of Lorne SLSC in Victoria, Carol has been involved in many areas of Surf Lifesaving both at a Club and State level including:  Patrol Captain, Competitor, Paid beach lifeguard, Club Secretary and Host of the Lifesaving Victoria Awards of Excellence.

Carol has over 30 years of collaborating with all levels of Sport, Government agencies (including state emergency services), and Educational Institutions as a workshop facilitator, lecturer, conference speaker and executive coach.

Her career includes roles as a state sport executive officer and a university lecturer at Victoria University in the Human Movement and Sport Administration Degrees. She is Owner/ Director of the Training & Coaching Company Carol Fox & Co.

As the Former President of Women Sport Australia for 5 years, Carol also holds Ambassador roles for Victoria University Women In Sport Research, AFLW She Can Coach Program and the Women Sport Australia Mentor Program.

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Dr Jeannette Young PSM
Governor of Queensland - SLSQ Patron

Her Excellency was sworn-in as the 27th Governor of Queensland on 1 November 2021 and is a Patron of Surf Life Saving Queensland.

In August 2005, the Governor was appointed to the role of Chief Health Officer for Queensland, with responsibility for leading the State’s preventative health and public health agendas, including response to public health emergencies. In January 2020, when the COVID-19 virus outbreak was declared a pandemic, the Governor became the State Health Incident Controller.

During her medical career, Dr Young had specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and as a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She was also appointed Fellow of numerous other eminent education and research institutions, has received honorary doctorates from two Queensland Universities, and has received an Australia Day Achievement Medallion, as well as a Public Service Medal.

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