John Baker

John is the Managing Director of kwp! which is Adelaide's largest advertising agency and best known for their  work on Coopers Brewery, South Australian Tourism Commission and the RAA. He has been an active member of Brighton since 1977 and has held numerous positions at both club, State and National levels. This has included being South Australian Lifesaving Director. In addition to his current role as State President he is a Junior Age Group Manager and a member of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Crew. John also chairs several sub committees within SLSSA.

Craig Caldicott

Craig has been actively involved in Surf Life Saving since 1968 when he obtained his Bronze Medallion. He has been the honorary legal adviser to SLSSA since 1979. A past President of Brighton SLSC, formert Deputy-President of SLSSA. He has held the position of Chairman of the National Judiciary and also the State Judiciary. He has held positions on the Constitution Committee and the Qualification Committee. Craig is currently a life member of both the Brighton SLSC and SLSSA.  He has been a Board member since 2009. In addition, Craig is the managing partner of the law firm Caldicott Lawyers and has been involved in the law for 35 years.  He is also a director of South Australia's largest landscaping company.


Patrick Hansen

Patrick has been an active member of the Semaphore SLSC since 1988 as an age manager, surf official and committee member.  His three children are all actively involved in surf lifesaving with his two eldest being proficient patrolling bronze members and his youngest competing in the Under 12 age group.

He has extensive experience and an understanding of all three levels of government having worked for both state and federal levels in the parliamentary and executive branches of government as well as a 10 year stint as an elected council member.

Currently, Patrick is a senior public servant in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in the area of planning reform and governance.  He holds a Bachelor of Laws and has 25 years experience serving on various not-for-profit boards and committees.

Ronald Harwood

Ron Harwood joined the Board in 2012 and currently is the President of Christies Beach SLSC, a role held for the last 12 years.  He has filled the roles of Boat Captain, Vice President , Facilities Director andPresident over 23 years. Ron was also the inaugural Chairpersonof the SA Boat Rowers League when involved in the Boat area. Currently retired after 33 years in Management of GE Finance, he fills his time between the Christies Surf Life Saving Club, SLSSA and his family.

Heather Thompson 

Heather is a Life Member of Grange SLSC and Surf Life Saving SA.Heather is the General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services for the Maxima Group Inc. She truly enjoys working at Maxima as it has similar values as Surf Life Saving in education and helping people. Heather has been a recipient of the Australian Volunteer of the Year in 1995 and the Australian Official of the Year in 2007. Heather is a trainer, assessor and official. She is the Beach Referee at the Australian and World Championships. Her love is working with young people and has over the years facilitated many state development camps and trips interstate for them. She has been a member of the Australian High Performance Team and has taken a development team of athletes to New Zealand. She was a member of the National Youth Development Panel for many years and was a member of the group that designed the original Age Group Leaders courses.

Jim Plouffe

Jim Plouffe began his working life as a tank troop commander in the Canadian army but his passion for rugby union took over and brought him to Australia. The change of continent and career led to more new starts, and he found himself spending the next two decades in South East Asia and Sydney as a journalist and editor through to Editor in Chief of Readers Digest in Asia. A desire for his family to grow up in a more relaxed manner soon led them to Australia. Jim joined SLS in his 30's and was soon involved in surf boats. Now a member of Henley Jim still rows as well as assists with junior and making sure his three daughters get to all their training sessions as well.

Kirsty Coll

Kirsty is the Risk & Insurance Manager for ASC Pty Ltd – Australia’s largest specialised defence shipbuilding and submarine maintenance/sustainment organisation with 30 years’ experience. Kirsty is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master in Business Administration. She is an experienced leader with both a commercial and military background (Kirsty served in the Royal Australian Navy as a submariner) spanning across quality, risk, insurance, project management, workplace health and safety, business continuity, crisis management and security.

Kirsty first joined surf lifesaving in late 2011 when relocating from Western Australia. Joining Semaphore Surf Lifesaving Club to meet new people and actively participate within their community has led to a love of surf lifesaving for Kirsty and her two children. Kirsty has actively been involved as an age manager, surf boat rower and masters competitor along with her two children who are active in both senior and junior programs. 

Simon Boag

Simon is an active member of West Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and has three children competing in junior and senior age groups. His family became involved in surf lifesaving in 2012, bringing a relatively new perspective to the Board.

Simon has been CEO or General Manager of several well-known South Australian health businesses including Ashford Hospital, Gribbles Pathology and SA Heart. He is currently CEO of Benson Radiology.

Originally a Sports Physiotherapist, Simon has previously been Senior Physiotherapist at Collingwood Football Club and a Director of Olympic Park Sport Medicine. He has held several Board Director roles in the health, sports and education sectors.