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.

Craig Burton

Craig Burton is the Manager, City Growth within the Economic Development and Tourism team at the City of Adelaide working with existing and attracting new businesses to our great city. He also develops strategies to attract more residents living in the 5th most livable city in the world. Previously, Craig has worked in Sales and Marketing roles at Coopers Brewery, Adelaide Football Club, Prince Alfred College and State Government.

Craig has been an active member of Glenelg SLSC since 1976, he obtained his bronze in 1979, and a has been a Glenelg SLSC Life Member since 1995. Craig has held numerous positions within the club and at a state level with the most recent being the Chair of SA Surf Sports for Surf Life Saving SA.

He still competes at a high level at local and national championships and coaches surf ski paddlers from several clubs.

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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.

Sarah Cutbush

Sarah is a broadly experienced, MBA-qualified executive manager and strategic senior marketer with more than 30 years’ experience in a range of industries, both in Australia and the UK - including the education, financial services, manufacturing, travel, transport, sports and leisure industries.  

She is currently Deputy Director, Campaigns and Division Services at South Australia’s largest university, UniSA, and is responsible for leading six marketing teams.

A patrolling member at Somerton SLSC since 2012, Sarah is a patrol vice-captain, as well as the club’s Communications Officer.

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Madeline Nurmi

Madeline is a Life Member of the Christies Beach SLSC, and has been an active member of the club since 2000. She has held various roles within the club, including as an age manager, Junior Chairperson, child safety officer and is currently the Club President and Registrar. From a highly committed surf lifesaving family, Madeline's 4 adult children and husband are all Bronze medallion holders and support the club actively through patrol, training and the executive committee.

Madeline is currently a leader Analyst in the Professional Services Branch at the Department of Human Services. She comes from a background as Public Servant in both State and Federal domains, and has over 25 years of experience in executive roles in ICT, customer service and project management. During her time, she led and managed hardware and software rollouts to 36,000 staff, managed high profile multimillion-dollar projects and successfully demonstrated the ability to lead virtual teams. This experience, combined with her leadership qualifications, including a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management will be a great asset to the SLSSA board and community.

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