John Baker

John has been an active member of Brighton SLSC since 1977 and has held positions at both Club, State and National levels including South Australian Lifesaving Director. He has been awarded life membership of Brighton SLSC and SLSSA.

John brings extensive commercial experience to the board as Managing Director of advertising agency kwp!.

In addition to his role as State President, John is a boat sweep and a member of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Crew. John also chairs several sub-committees within SLSSA and serves as the Surf Life Saving Australia Deputy National President.


Patrick Hansen

Patrick has been an active member of the Semaphore SLSC since 1998 as an age manager, surf sports official and committee member.

He has extensive experience in all levels of government having worked for both State and Federal levels in the parliamentary and executive branches 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 brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board as he has served on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations over the last 25 years. 

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Craig Burton

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, most recently the Chair of SA Surf Sports for Surf Life Saving SA.

Craig is the Manager, City Growth within the Economic Development and Tourism team at the City of Adelaide. He develops strategies to attract more businesses and residents to South Australia. Previously, Craig has worked in Sales and Marketing roles at Coopers Brewery, Adelaide Football Club, Prince Alfred College and State Government.

Craig still competes in Surf Sports at a high level in both local and national championships and coaches surf ski paddlers from several clubs.

Heather Thompson 

Heather is a Life Member of Grange SLSC and Surf Life Saving SA. Heather's commitment and passion for Surf Life Saving cannot be overstated, particularly in the development of our young people.

Over the years, she has facilitated many state development camps, interstate trips and taken a development team of athletes to New Zealand. She was a member of the National Youth Development Panel for many years and contributed to the design of the original Age Group Leaders courses.

Heather has been a member of the Australian High Performance Team and is a trainer, assessor and official and as well as being the Beach Referee at the Australian and World Championships.

Professionally, Heather is the General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services for the Maxima Group Inc.

Heather received the Australian Volunteer of the Year award in 1995 and the Australian Official of the Year award in 2007. 

Jim Plouffe

Jim joined Surf Life Saving in the early 2000s as a boat rower at Bulli in NSW. Upon moving to South Australia, he joined Henley SLSC and has served as the Vice President there.

Jim has enjoyed a long career in the media and is the Publishing Editor of The Lead South Australia, the news service for the state.

He is passionate about developing leaders within Surf Lifesaving and ensuring members find volunteering both easy and fulfilling.

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Sarah Cutbush

Sarah has been a member at Somerton SLSC since 2012. She is a patrol vice-captain, as well as the club's Communications Officer.

Sarah brings broad experience in business and marketing across several industries as an MBA-qualified executive manager and senior strategic marketer. She is currently Deputy Director of Campaigns and Division Services at South Australia's largest university, UniSA.

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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 age manager, Junior Chairperson, child safety officer and is currently the Club President and Registrar. Her passion for Surf Lifesaving, the Christies Beach SLSC and the broader community has seen her help drive an increase in active participation within the club and its members over the last three years.

Madeline is a Lead Analyst in the Professional Services Branch at the Department of Human Services. Her experience in State and Federal Government, combined with her leadership skills and qualifications, will be a great asset to the SLSSA board and community.

From a highly committed surf lifesaving family, Madeline's four adult children and husband are all Bronze medallion holders and support the club actively through patrol, training and the executive committee.

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Kevin Watkins

Kevin has been a member of Brighton SLSC since 1967 and was awarded Life Membership in year. Over the years he has served as Vice President and Club President. Kevin remains an active competitor and coach in Surf Boat competition and has enjoyed success at national and local levels. He was inducted into the Australian Surf Rowers Association of SA Hall of Fame in 2014 where he held the position as President for four years.

Kevin is the State Manager of Endeavour College of Natural Health and was previously the Owner and Managing Director of SA Health Education Centre for eighteen years. Kevin has held the position of Director on the Australian Traditional Medicine Society board and the Mt Barker Waldorf School board.


Rae Lawson

Rae is the current President of Henley SLSC and part of the SLSSA Leadership Masterclass program.

Professionally she has held senior management roles including sales, marketing and business development for multi-national organisations. During her career, she has worked with the likes of Smith's Snackfoods, Sara Lee Corporation, Sanitarium and Bayer as well as running her own consultancy business assisting small start-up businesses for fourteen years. 

She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing (RMIT), a post-graduate in Management (Macquarie School of Management) and she has just completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (UniSA) with the SLSSA Leadership Masterclass.

Here skills, qualifications and extensive experience, coupled with her passion for Surf Lifesaving, make her an excellent addition to the SLSSA board.

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Adam Luscombe

Adam is a previous board member of SLSSA with skills and experience in facilities management, major events and environmental management. Adam joined the movement almost 30 years ago and has been involved in many facets of surf lifesaving during that time.

As the General Manager of the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, newly appointed Chair of the Development Advisory Committee, Chair of the LWC2018 Organising Committee as well as past Chair of the Junior Surf Sports Panel and member of the Surf Sports Advisory Committee, Adam brings a wealth of important skills, experience & passion to the SLSSA board.