Board Members & Patrons
The Surf Life Saving Queensland board comprises a President, Deputy President, and five Directors (including a Director of Finance), all of which are individual members of Surf Life Saving Queensland Clubs. Two Independent Directors, who are not club members, also sit on the Board.
The board is responsible for the overall business performance of the organisation in Queensland and enacts SLSQ’s strategic direction and priorities to be both appropriate and achievable; ensures the financial viability and security of SLSQ; establishes the policy and regulatory framework for governing SLSQ; monitors organisational compliance with relevant legislation and regulations; assesses risks facing the organisation; and appoints committees and honorary officers to carry out aspects of their work.
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.
Laurie Murphy, Deputy President
Laurie joined the movement as a nipper in 1971 and did his bronze in Mooloolaba in 1974. He has been a member of a number of clubs in Qld and NSW holding a number of positions of Secretary, Captain and Boat Captain. Most of his seasons have been spent at Maroochydore. He is still a Surf Boat sweep for his club and holds multiple Australian and State medals. He is the CEO of a large Privately Owned group of companies operating across Australia and Internationally and holds Director Positions on other Company boards.
Darrin Bragg, Director of Finance
Darrin is a principal of his own accounting and tax practice, which he established in 1998. Holding a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Statistics, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the finance sector, having dealt with a wide range of clients from various industries.
Darrin’s involvement with surf lifesaving began as a nipper in Mackay in 1974, and he represented his state at a young age. He has remained involved with the movement since, being a current member of Townsville Picnic Bay and Burleigh Heads SLSCs respectively. He has previously held positions with Mackay and Townsville Picnic Bay SLSCs as Treasurer and Club Captain, and is a Life Member of the North Barrier Branch. Darrin is also President of the Cairns SLS Supporters Club.
Michael White, Director
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.
Kaitlyn Akers, Director
Kaitlyn’s interest in surf lifesaving began in school sports when she was introduced to pool lifesaving competitions at boarding school in Toowoomba in 1985. She joined Mudjimba SLSC in 2001 and has since held a number of senior roles in Surf Life Saving. She is currently an active patrolling member, WaveRunner operator, trainer, Masters competitor, peer support officer, duty officer and a member of the 24-hour Emergency Response Group. In 2010-11 she was named the Queensland Surf Lifesaver of the Year. At Mudjimba SLSC she has served as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee, Club Captain, President and Treasurer.
Off the beach, Kaitlyn is leading an outsource partnership with a Federal Government agency. Prior to this, she served as General Manager for a leading private accountancy and financial services provider. She holds an Executive MBA, is a Fellow of AIM, and recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Strategic Talent Management at Stanford University and Strategic Innovation and Sustainability Reporting at Harvard Business School.
Tanya O’Shea, Director
Tanya has been a member of the Bundaberg Surf Lifesaving Club since 2005, joining the club as a nipper parent, before being elected as the Junior Activities Chair (JAC) in 2007. Professionally, Tanya owns a plumbing business in partnership with her husband. Tanya has a strong background in business management (MBA), mental health practice (Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Masters of Mental Health Practice) and community sector service development.
In 2007 Tanya participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange tour in England, sharing best practice philosophies and strategies with other ‘for profit’ and not-for-profit organisations. Genuinely committed to community development and sustainability of not-for-profit organisations, Tanya seeks diversification and partnership opportunities to continually enhance service quality and the ongoing financial viability of NFP’s.
Christina Sutherland, Independent Director
Christina is a senior lawyer and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1989. Christina is also a director of Powerlink Queensland and is Chairperson of Powerlink’s Audit and Compliance Committee. Through her legal knowledge and practical experience, Christina provides advice and guidance on issues relating to business, employment, workplace health and safety and corporate governance.
Warwick Agnew, Independent Director
Warwick is the current Deputy Under Treasurer (Agency Performance and Investment) for Queensland Treasury. Warwick has a background in both public and private sector organisations gaining valuable experience and delivering success in State Government, investment banking and large publicly listed companies. Over the past 20 years, Warwick’s experience includes senior leadership positions in Queensland Treasury (including Queensland Treasury Corporation), Macquarie Capital and Transfield Services.
Warwick has a background in surf lifesaving and recently returned as a nipper parent in 2015 at Met Caloundra.
Darren Woodward, Director
Darren joined the Surf Lifesaving movement as a seven-year-old Nipper at Point Lookout in 1974-75 and holds the category of Long Service Member. During his time with the association Darren has actively participated in many areas of surf lifesaving operations and management, holding positions of President, Deputy President and Vice Captain. He joined the South Coast Branch Board of Examiners in 1987 after which he held the position of Director and Deputy Director Junior Activities and has actively participated in a wide variety of surf sports.
Darren has held senior management positions with large organisations operating extensively in mining and resource industries both in Australia and Internationally – incorporating Strategic Planning and Organisational Effectiveness; Operations Management; Sales and Marketing; and Project Management. He has also held board positions of Regional Development Australia – Mackay / Whitsunday / Isaac Region (inaugural chairperson); the Federal Government’s Mining Technology Innovation Centre; the Mackay Christian College and the CQ University Trade Training Centres.
Darren returns to the SLSQ Board of Directors from 1st September 2016 having previously served as an SLSQ Director from 2010 to 2014.
We are honoured that His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC has accepted our invitation of patronage of Surf Life Saving Queensland for the duration of his term as the Governor of Queensland.
The Governor was born in Brisbane in 1948, the third son of school teacher parents Ronald and Moya (both now deceased).
He won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Queensland, from which he graduated in Arts in 1969 and Laws (with Honours) in 1971. Also in December 1971, the Governor married Kaye Brown. Mr and Mrs de Jersey have three children and three grandchildren.
The Governor was called to the Bar at the end of 1971 and was appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC) in 1981.
The Governor was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985, when aged 36 years, becoming the 17th Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998, and served in that role for more than 16 years until 8 July 2014.
In recognition of his contribution to the Australian community, the Governor was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2000) and the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and has recently accepted an honorary doctorate from Griffith University.
Mr de Jersey was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.