Surf Life Saving Queensland Welcomes New Board Members

Friday, 5 November 2021

Surf Life Saving Queensland has announced the election of two new Board members, joining the current directors in guiding the organisation forward on behalf of its members.

The new members joining this week are Carol Fox and Leigh Schuch, who bring a vast range of experience in leadership and lifesaving.

The Surf Life Saving Queensland Board now comprises a President, Deputy President and seven directors.

The primary role of the board is to move the organisation forward and execute planned objectives which align with the core values and will provide further support for the 57 clubs within Queensland.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Board Members:

Mark Fife OAM, President

Michael White, Deputy President

Michael Kearney, Director of Finance

Mark Wyer, Director

Tom Sealy, Director

Brad Russell, Director

Grant Dearlove, Independent Director

Carol Fox, Independent Director

Leigh Schuch, Director


New Board Member Profiles

Carol Fox, Independent Director

As a Life Member of Lorne SLSC in Victoria, Carol has been involved in many areas of Surf Lifesaving both at a Club and State level including:  Patrol Captain, Competitor, Paid beach lifeguard, Club Secretary and Host of the Lifesaving Victoria Awards of Excellence.

Carol has over 30 years of collaborating with all levels of Sport, Government agencies (including state emergency services), and Educational Institutions as a workshop facilitator, lecturer, conference speaker and executive coach.

Her career includes roles as a state sport executive officer and a university lecturer at Victoria University in the Human Movement and Sport Administration Degrees. She is Owner/ Director of the Training & Coaching Company Carol Fox & Co.

As the Former President of Women Sport Australia for 5 years, Carol also holds Ambassador roles for Victoria University Women In Sport Research, AFLW She Can Coach Program and the Women Sport Australia Mentor Program.


Leigh Schuch, Director

Leigh joined the Surf Life Saving movement in 1982 at the Moore Park SLSC, where during those early years she took on the role of Chief Instructor.

Having dedicated many years to setting up opportunities for the club, major achievements of Leigh’s were around securing grants to further acquisition equipment and the construction of a gear shed and new clubhouse, as well as the co-ordination of Bundaberg Clubs Seahorse Nipper Program.

She has held numerous positions from her role of Club President, Branch President and SLSQ State Councillor, and has a broad understanding of the legal responsibilities of governing bodies in relation to charitable organisations.

Her career roles include Principal Education Officer for Education Queensland as well as Deputy Principal at Bundaberg State High School. As part of her role as Principal Education Officer, Leigh was responsible for liaising with Principal’s from schools within the Bundaberg Region.

Leigh believes that it is critical for the Surf Life Saving movement to have regional representation at Board level as the way that regional clubs operate is quite different to that of the “south-east corner” of Queensland.




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