President's Update

Clare Harris, CEO of Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) has informed the Board of her desire not to continue beyond a 5-year term.

Clare said: “I am really proud of what I have achieved during my time as CEO and I am even more excited about what’s next.

During her tenure, Clare has effectively delivered on the strategic direction set by the Board. She has made significant governance reform, established strong bipartisan Government relations, updated the club redevelopment program to contemporary standards, and produced annual profits - with the largest just reported for the 2017-2018 financial year.

As a female CEO she has led a strong campaign for gender equity across surf lifesaving with the implementation of the gender diversity program surf sisters and has been a CEO that has over achieved her KPI’s. She has been a great change agent with the Board advising her upon her arrival to “run it like a business”. 

The next few weeks will see Clare and her team close out the largest world championships ever, a bid she and her State President secured in 2014 which saw Adelaide host this event for a second time.

John Baker, State President of SLSSA said; “Clare was the first CEO appointed after 28 years and was selected to lead the organisation through a period of change and to commercial sustainability.

Critical aspects of her role included change management, stakeholder management and establishing internal disciplines and accountability including staff capability and sustainable income streams.

Clare won Sports Administrator of the year in 2017 and currently sits on the SA Chiefs of Gender Equity and is a Board Director on the South Adelaide Football Club. She also held a role on the SA Premiers Women in Sport Taskforce. 

Clare has been instrumental in delivering many key strategic projects which have expanded and promoted our brand and made SLSSA a more sustainable and effective organisation.

I am personally very sad to see her go and the Board and I wish her every success. She has made a significant contribution and we thank her for her loyalty, commitment, hard work and in particular her integrity.

Clare will finish with SLSSA in early 2019 allowing time for the recruitment of a new CEO and to complete some major projects.